Being a leader is not easy. Sometimes, leading hard and strictly is the most effective way. But there are times when employees will be superior if they are led in a relaxed and flexible manner. As a leader, you can also give motivational speeches to employees to bring good effects to the company.
What are the characteristics of a good leader?
Whichever style you choose, good leaders usually have a few common characteristics. For example:
Honor. A leader must recognize, and appreciate the time and effort of subordinates. It is not enough to just know, but the leader must show that appreciation through words and actions. This is the most basic principle.
Transparent and responsible. Explain to employees what you expect from them. When you make a big decision, explain the reasons behind the decision. Leaders must also be role models among employees.
Careful and planned. A good leader is a leader who is understood by his subordinates. Employees must understand how their mindset and work patterns are. Also, make sure employees have enough time to do their assignments.
Respect employees not only as tools or assets but also as people. Every human being has different needs and characteristics. It will be very good if you get to know all employees personally. You can adjust the leadership style according to the personality of each employee.
Don’t forget flexibility
Leaders must be willing to listen to their subordinates. Having a strong stance and vision is important, but you also have to be open to other possibilities. Employees are “front-line soldiers” in the company. They must have had valuable insights or experiences that were useful.
Employees who feel heard will be more loyal to the company. They know they can contribute, and this will foster high motivation.
You also need to know when to give direction, and when to delegate work. Sometimes leaders are tempted to do everything alone. Whereas the work can be delegated to someone else, while you focus on the growth of the company on the more important side.