We all know to be a good leader, you need to have a vision and have energy, but to be an inspirational leader, you need four qualities.
And these four qualities are not something that maybe you’ve heard before, but the good thing is with these qualities, they can be honed, and they can be developed over time if you’re willing to dig in and do the work.
So, I want you to ask yourself this really important question.
Why should anyone be led by you?
When I ask executives and leaders, I’m usually left with silence.
Now there’s one thing that we know about leadership, it is that to be successful in businesses and organisations, you need followers. If you don’t have those followers, you’re not going to get the results.
Leaders then need to find a way to engage with their people, to rouse their commitment towards company and organisational goals for them to be successful.
Most people and most leaders don’t know where to start, they don’t know how to do this.
We need to identify the 4 qualities and then put an action plan in place to develop these, as mentioned they can all be developed.
Here are the four qualities:
Selectively revealing weaknesses, not fatal flaws.
What this does, it makes you more approachable as a leader, and it will build an atmosphere of trust and it will help galvanise commitment towards the goals.
Being a situational sensor.
This means that you can sense things that are happening in the team or the organisation without being told about it, using a lot of intuition.
That is being empathetic passionately, but realistic, and being very straightforward when it comes to the communication. It’s giving people what they need rather than giving people what they want.
Capitalising on your differences.
Use what’s unique about you to build your brand. That creates is a little bit of separation from your teams, and it also gives them the distance they need. And that builds employee motivation towards them performing to achieve the goals.
Now all four of these are necessary for you to be an inspirational leader, but one of the most important things.
It can’t be mechanical. It must be a bit of a blend and a bit of a mix and match depending on the situation.
Most important is that these qualities encourage authenticity, is to be your true self.
So, like Goffee and Jones says,
“Be yourself, but just with a little bit more skill.”