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The Elements of Ideal Leadership | Michael Ralby

Originally published on MichaelRalby.org

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People easily notice when they have a lousy boss. Conversely, being a great leader sometimes is ignored, because people tend to pass it off as normal. Taking responsibility requires leadership skills, and you can’t afford to make common mistakes such as micromanaging team members. So, what exactly makes an ideal leader? Here are four of the traits that are frequently found in them:

Team Builder

The ultimate measure of a person’s leadership ability is evident in the team they cultivate. To reveal a person’s leadership traits and qualities they value, just carefully and critically appraise their team. For a team to be effective, you have to understand how to piece together a coherent unit. A team should show aspects of interdependence, and an ideal leader will know how to distribute responsibility. Organizations thrive on chemistry, which more or less results from a balance in diversity. A leader should be able to bring that chemistry by bringing in people who complement each other.

Great Communication Skills

Today’s businesses require an adept approach to communication. They have to know when to consult and when to give directions. The leader must also know when to listen. They have to coordinate all departments, regardless of competence. Leaders should not postpone communication. They should know when and how to distribute information. A leader lacking in communication skills makes it difficult for their team to perform.

Knowledgeable

Nothing is more insulting than a boss who is clueless. Technical jargon and in-depth industry knowledge are not required in leadership, but general information regarding current issues and items within the job description should be at the fingertips. Employees look up to the leader for guidance. A leader should guide their through processes.

Competence is not optional; it has to be ingrained in the person.

Coaching Skills

Now that they don’t need to know about technical jargon, the ability to squeeze the best out of every employee is paramount. To do that, they must capture their employee’s imagination. This means knowing when to uplift and encourage the team, or reprimand them for ill-advised behavior.

Good communication and team building skills make half the man or woman who aspires to lead. Further, being knowledgeable fundamentally makes someone worthy of holding a leadership position. Employees can listen and learn from such a leader, and that will carry into the overall team dynamic, making it more efficient.

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