There are probably a large number of individuals who would have trouble answering that question, with some being too modest to even take a stab at it. Either way, knowing what kind of leader you are, especially how effective you can be in leading your employees, is important.
You have probably read a book or two, perhaps perused an article or two, on what it takes to be a great leader.
So, did you learn anything from those readings? If the answer is no, donÂt feel like you wasted your time. In fact, having what it takes to be a great leader really varies from person to person.
Keep in mind that not everyone is blessed with or born with leadership skills. Some acquire them over time, while others never seem to quite get to that point of having what it takes to lead a team of one, dozens, hundreds or even more.
In order to be a great leader for the company you own or the one you work for, consider these following attributes:
* Commitment – First and foremost, do you have the commitment to lead others? Leading others on a daily basis means that not only are you responsible for overseeing your work, but also the work of others. The key here is to be able to do that without being a micro manager, someone who canÂt help but literally stand over others while they do their work. Keep in mind that you were chosen or chose to be a leader not to babysit other individuals, but to help guide them so that your company is second to none. Being a leader means going past the normal day-to-day duties, working harder than everyone else, and making sure the buck stops with you. Ask yourself, are you committed to this principle?
* Responsibility – Being a leader often means you get the better salary, some extra perks, and lots of commendations. It also requires that you hold yourself accountable for the performance of others. Some leaders like to take all the perks that go with being a leader, but they are missing in action at times when it comes to accepting responsibility when others make mistakes or flat out fail. In order to be a true leader, stand up and take responsibility if you report to someone higher up than you when one of your workers fails. It is easy to let them take the hit, but a true leader is a team player, not willing to throw someone else under the bus.
* Vision – Leaders should always be thinking about how to take their companies to the next level. Whether it involves improving customer service, being more active online with social media and blogging, or finding the right employees to fill each seat on the company bus (meaning each individual has a talent, finding where their seat is to best serve your company is the challenge), leaders are always required to think ahead. It is easy as a leader to sit back and just go with the flow, but that will ultimately spell doom for the company you own or work for. Always be thinking about the next day and the next day, giving you and your business the opportunity to stay one step ahead of the competition.
* Character – Lastly, what would people say about your character as a leader? Leaders need to set the tone for their offices, showing others that hard work does in fact pay off. Are you a leader who is the last one to go home at the end of the day or the first one to arrive in the morning? Are you a leader who looks for solutions to problems and does not create more problems for those around you. Finally, are you a leader who wants people to like you for being a strong but caring leader, not someone who tells people what they want to hear or does what they want them to do?
So, are you a leader or a follower in the business world?
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About the Author: With 23 yearsÂ writing experience, Dave Thomas covers a variety of business and consumer topics, including the rise and fall of gold and silver prices.