The greatest skills of effective leaders do not usually refer to their innate characteristics (intelligence, extroversion, etc.) but rather, in behaviors and qualities that are under the control and conscious decision of the leader which pertain to closeness, positivity, humility, accessibility, etc..
These types of qualities are those that describe leaders who stand out for their emotional intelligence. In fact, leaders who possess these effective leadership skills are not only esteemed leaders, but also, high performing ones. The good news is that you can learn to develop your Emotional Intelligence to improve your results and your performance as a leader. In this post, we list 9 characteristics that make a leader truly “desirable” to follow.
1. A leader who builds personal relationships
This type of leader makes you feel as if you have a private conversation where the only person that matters is you. They communicate from an emotional level and personal; and understand the people they are leading. They create communities and provide opportunities for people to network, participate, and become involved with others who share the same values and principles.
2. A leader who is easily accessible
Desirable leaders believe that anyone, regardless of rank or ability, deserves their time and attention. They make each person feel valued because they really think so.
3. A leader who is humble
Few things have to be loaded with both appreciation and arrogance or ego. But, a leader who is humble do not act as if he thinks he is better than you because he doesn’t really believe it.
Desirable leaders put the service to others at the center of their performance, so their leadership position is ultimately aimed at being chiefly responsible for this service.
4. A leader who is confident
Confidence is clearly seen in the way a leader talks and comments on things. They do not have to make a presentation to the Committee but they go to share their vision and ideas with the committee. They do not have to go to visit the production plant but come to see and visit the people who make the products of their Company.
Are you able to think and express yourself in the same positive way? Do you think that your type of communication has no impact even on these habitual phrases? This is especially important in situations where negative or complicated cases actually occur because they derive a contagious hope that things will be better tomorrow.
5. They are considered as “one more”
When it comes to their own achievements and/or their own mistakes, they take control of the situation and approach it from the perspective most appropriate for others: they taste success without being put on the head and easily recognize their mistakes without getting stuck in them. In any case, they always learn from both.
6. A leader who is generous
Surely you have known and collaborated with people who always keep something for themselves (knowledge, resources, etc.) because they believe that if they share, they will be overshadowed by others. This trait do not exist in desirable leaders. A true leader is a generous person with what he knows, with whom he knows, and with the resources to which he has access to. This is because he firmly believes that the success of his people is also his.
7. A leader who is able to “see people” beyond the apparent
This type of leader knows how to understand people beyond their formal communication, beyond words heard. They can see the facial expressions, their body language, their tone of voice, and their emotions to know what is really happening. They have a high social integrity.
8. A leader who knows how to appreciate and recognize the potential of people
A desirable leader seeks to have every person on his team learn to like, recognize their value, and see themselves with all their potential and to be evident to all.
They know how to discover and bring out the talents of their people so they can do the best job possible.
9. A leader who is “grounded”
Desirable leaders know that their knowledge and experience are critical factors for the success of the people they lead and for this reason, they consistently connect with them to share their professional wealth and whatever authentic leadership skills they have. Grounded leaders not only make effective decisions, but they also take the right actions, and lead by example. They create and nurture more leaders and more leaders and more.