Do you have them all? Leading a team is not easy at all. Therefore a leader has to show off a variety of characteristics and skills to make people follow him.
It is something that can’t be taught, but it helps enormously when you have to lead a team. If people can identify with you, they are more willing to fulfil their tasks adequately.
Always ask yourself before starting a new job: Am I doing something that I care about strongly? Of course, passion depends on genetic predispositions, but it's also a lot about your relationship to your job and the company you are working for. Remember that as a leader your spirit can carry others with you and set a difference in the working atmosphere and results.
3. Innovational Thinking
Nearly nothing can stay the same and will always be successful that way. There is a lot of competition out there, so you have to be change willing and able to think innovational. That means to be ahead with ideas that can be transcribed into new products, services or processes.
4. Power of Persuasion
There always will be tasks that have to be done but that aren’t fun. Sometimes it is not enough to be motivating it’s necessary you can persuade someone.
5. Being Constructive
Criticism is always tricky but necessary. Being constructive means to point out the achievements but also the areas that need to be improved and to give concrete recommendations how it can be done better. Critique should always be provided in a calm and reflected way.
6. Being Encouraging/Motivating
The success of a company depends on its employees. Therefore it’s your job to keep them motivated. Let them know, that they can always ask you, Involve them in the bigger picture and appreciate their work! Good work needs to be valued and rewarded.
Don’t accept everything how it is. As it was already indicated making progress is only possible with change. Especially when you are new to a company: Start questioning things! It does not have to be the same procedure as every year anymore. ;)
8. Being Influencing
You need to have a lot of people follow your vision. It sounds a little evil, but therefore a leader should be able to influence others. A task can only be solved when everyone pulls together.
9. Active Listening
No one can be a good leader without the ability to show real interest in the concerns of his employees or subordinates. Employees are often the ones who are the nearest to what actually happens in your business - so listen to them carefully. Besides if they feel misunderstood it will not support your office atmosphere.