Strategic leadership does not come naturally – it is learned. This is why it is important to educate oneself about the characteristics of a good leadership system.
Below are top 4 characteristics of a good leadership system:
Strong communication: a good leadership system is characterized by strong communication. You may have a clear vision of what you want to achieve, but if you can’t successful communicate this vision down to your team members, then it is most likely that vision will not be successfully carried out. As a leader, you have to be able effectively communicate your visions and goals to your team members.
Good Listening Skills: as much as it is good to listen, it is very important to also listen. You have to ensure that your team members can always communicate their ideas and thoughts to you. Speaking and hearing work hand in hand and a good leader should be able to exhibit both traits. As a leader, you should be open to receiving feedbacks from team members; encourage them to have conversations with you and help them know their concerns and ideas are being heard. Once your team members know they can freely voice their opinions, it will be easier for them to open up more about issues surrounding the company or institution.
Collaboration: another major characteristics of a good leadership system is collaboration. Any successful leader should be able to master the act and art of collaboration. It naturally creates transparency in an organization; it helps you know what your team members are thinking and they in turn know what you’re thinking. It builds trust and encourages your team member to have an ownership mentality, thereby supporting your vision. Create small projects and put others in charge instead of taking control all the time. Also, openly give credit when the work is successfully done.
Passion and Commitment: as a leader, you have to be passionate about what you are doing. Alongside passion, commitment must take a stand because it’s not enough to be passionate; you have to stay focused on what you are passionate about. A passionate and committed leader will transfer the passion to the team members. And how will this happen? Leading by example. You have to show them how passionate you are; let them know you’re ready to work hard and create results. This way, others will be moved to put in that same level of effort.
Good communication ,active listening, collaboration,passion and commitment are qualities that a good leader must embody to move the team towards success.