Being a good leader is something everyone can do, with the right guidance. A good leader is a key to the improved productivity of an organization. So, what makes a good leader?
Here are a few characteristics of good leaders:
Empathy is one of the most important characteristics of a good leader. An inclusive, empathic leader approaches times of crisis and changes with a humble, collaborative spirit that shows all employees the significance of their role on the team. And when things are moving along smoothly, empathy helps reinforce a connection that engages with employees and enhances their commitment to the organization.
Balance is an integral part of inclusive leadership. Good leaders encourage people to recognize each other as humans, not just co-workers or adjoining parts of a process. They create opportunities for people to engage with each other — both in and out of work — to deepen their connections and model the importance of maintaining close personal relationships with supportive people in our lives.
Aspiration for constant development
The best leaders are always growing and helping others develop as well. They are always on the lookout for learning opportunities for themselves and other team members, and they are always willing to share their existing knowledge with others.
One way to become a better leader is to enhance your listening skills. There is a clear link between leaders actively listening to their workforce and successfully creating a culture of inclusion. By actively listening, we mean taking the time to engage with people at multiple levels, including individual and organizational.
A true leader never violates the trust given to them — either by people in higher positions or by any team members. By being trustworthy, they make others more comfortable opening up to them and providing candid feedback, which, ultimately, contributes to the success of the organization.