3 Personal Traits Of A Good Leader

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Being a leader isn’t just about how you act while you’re in the spotlight, but about how you walk through your day-to-day life. People are inspired and motivated by the kind of person their leader is. A respectful leader, for example, will have a more respectful staff, or following, if he presents himself in a professional and respectful manner, taking all things into consideration, and treating everybody equally. A strong leader demands respect simply by his or her presence and demeanor.

To be an effective leader, you should make these personality traits a part of your life both in and out of the office.

1. Be Sincere and Honest

First off, do not stress about whether or not people think you are honest and sincere. Sincerity and honesty are the hardest traits to develop, but they offer the most when it comes to building strong relationships with your team and anyone else in your life. To be sincere and honest, it requires that you take a step back, and slow down! We become passive when we feel that there is little time or need to offer people our thoughts. But taking the time to give a genuine opinion on a team member’s work, or listening and conversing with someone about their week goes a long way towards showing people your sincere concern for their life and gratitude for their work effort.

Practicing being sincere in your concern for others will give you the instincts to speak candidly with others, in a way that will build them up. At the same time, being honest with people about your intentions and motivations, and then following through with those things will show people your words have a value of their own.

2. Trust Your Creative Side

Creativity manifests itself differently in each person, but we are all creative in some way. This personality trait is a little hard to put your finger on, since it’s so often linked to specific skills. But your creativity (and your personality) comes out in your work, in the way you approach different situations, and in the way you go about doing things.

The greatest benefit of being the leader is that you are able to draw your own lines for how work is going to get done. While it may be comfortable to just keep doing things in the manner in which you were taught, keeping yourself open to new ideas and being willing to try new styles and methods of your own is an important trait in any leader. It demonstrates your ability to improvise and implement your own practices while still getting the job done.

It is important to know your personality type. An analytical person may enjoy the productivity of a more structured work schedule. A chaotic personality, however, may enjoy the fruits that result from a dose of spontaneity. Finding the right mix of the infinite number of aspects that go into building a team is perhaps more important than trying to create the perfect textbook group of people. Letting your creative process and decisions manifest is crucial towards being a good leader.

3. Learn to Communicate

Life would be much easier if we could just read people’s minds and know exactly what they wanted and how they wanted it done! But that is obviously not the case, and the best people can do is assume you know what you want. You need to learn to communicate with your team and ensure they understand your way of thinking, but that also means knowing exactly what your goals and ambitions are. Analyzing your creative process, your motivations, and your plans are important towards this. Your team won’t need every aspect of your personality spelled out for them, but they need to know what your bigger picture is and where they fit into it. Let your team know what you expect from them. Set milestones and goals, and keep your team up to date on your progress. When they know what you expect from them, they will be able to find their own niche within that vision.

If you can learn to develop these traits in your personality, there is no telling how much more effective you will be as a leader. This, in turn, will make your team more productive and allow everyone to work towards your common goals. Treating others with honesty and sincerity, while maintaining your own personality and opinions will encourage others to do the same, and respect will come naturally for everybody. A good leader leads by example. Keep that in mind and there is no limit to what you and your team can accomplish!

Robert Speidel
Robert Speidel attended the United States Military Academy Prep School in Ft. Monmouth, NJ for a year where he played football and baseball. He attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a BS in Management. Robert commissioned in the US Army as a 2LT Air Defense Officer. He has been stationed in Ft. Sill, OK for over 2 years now. Led a platoon of 25 Soldiers and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) through rigorous training in preparation for deployment to the Middle East.
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