Every coach worth is salt knows the importance of being a leader. For some coaches, being a leader is something that comes naturally, something that they possess without even thinking about it or realizing it. On the other hand, there are some people that need to spend time honing their leadership skills and learning what it takes to become the leader that they hope to be.
If you are the type of person that needs to work to develop your leadership skills, there is good news and hope for you yet. Over time, if you are willing to put the effort into becoming a great leader, being that leader becomes automatic and something you do unconsciously.
So that begs the question, what qualities do great leaders have and exhibit on a daily basis? Here are 5 Qualities of Great Leaders.
No matter what field you are in, to become a great leader and someone that people look up to, you need to be a superior communicator. When it comes to superior communication, a leaders number one objective should be to effectively communicate performance expectations. This enables everyone to stay focused on the task at hand with a clear vision as to what is expected from them on a daily basis.
Every person walking this earth has the potential to do more than they are currently doing. Great leaders understand this and push the people around them to be better, every single day. Great leaders challenge people to reach their potential and then some, keeping people on their toes and not allowing them to ever get comfortable. Most importantly, great leaders give people the tools to develop and grow in their roles.
Great leaders display a positive attitude as well as positive energy. They create an environment and atmosphere that inspires others to work hard. These leaders motivate the people around them to excel on a daily basis. Even when failure rears its ugly face, a great leader doesn’t dwell on the situation and keeps pressing forward with positivity to motivate the people around them.
There is nothing more important in any area of life then building relationships. A great leader invests in the people around them. They get to know everyone on a personal level and truly care about them. In the words of the great leader John C. Maxwell, “People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”
Lead By Example
Saved the best for last. Simply put, great leaders lead by example – they practice what they preach. If you challenge the people around you to be better and grow each day, you need to be doing the same. If you are the leader, people are watching you and your every move. Don’t expect and ask things of people that you aren’t willing to do.