Some managers think they can lead by telling their employees what to do. Others know that real leaders lead by example. The greatest leaders, however, have special qualities that make them stand out from the crowd. Over the course of my experience as a manager I’ve identified some of these special qualities in others and I thought I’d share them with you today.
- Great team leaders are sensitive. They understand that everyone has didfferent concerns, needs, and interests and they do their best to address these differences.
- Great team leaders have awesome communication and listening skills. They know that everyone has their own set of ideas, plans, and dreams. They listen to everyone and try to find ways to incorporate those interests.
- Great team leaders share their own dreams, plans, and visions with their team members. They aren’t secretive and they refrain from merely working off of other people’s ideas.
- Great team leaders are awesome delegators. They are able to trust their team members and will give those who deserve it a significant amount of responsibility.
- Great team leaders allow their team members to participate in the goal-setting and problem solving processes. They allow everyone to become a part of the process instead of just telling their team members what is going to happen next.
- Great team leaders aren’t perfect and don’t pretend to be. They let their team members know about their own mistakes and use them as learning experiences.
What type of team leader are you? Do you treat your team members fairly and include them in the decision making processes that dictate what they do on a daily basis? Do certain aspects of team leadership work better for you than others? Please share!