What Good Leadership Looks Like

The million-dollar question at today’s successful, progressive corporations usually goes something like this: “What kind of leaders do we need and where can we find them?”

Everyone knows that solid leadership is a critical component of any firm’s success. Yet so many companies overlook the fact that not everyone is suitable for a leadership position.

A sales manager, for example, could excel at meeting and exceeding sales goals for the quarter, but he or she may not necessarily be a “leader.” However, when the time comes to replace a key component of the company’s leadership team, he or she will likely be offered the job.

The good news is that there are a few key qualities and characteristics that all good leaders and/or leadership teams possess.

Here are 6 clues that you can look for when determining what good leadership looks like:

1. Leaders have clear, vivid pictures of where to go and how to get there.

After all, without this primary quality how in the world will a leadership team be able to convince others to follow?

2. Leaders share their visions, and act upon them.

They don’t keep their thoughts and aspirations deep inside. Through meetings, emails, newsletters, and other mediums, leaders share their visions with others and then act upon them.

3. A great leadership team knows how to communicate.

The lead team gets out of the corner office on a regular basis and not only talks but also listens to what its constituents have to say.

The team then takes that feedback back to the boardroom and uses it to come up with a viable business strategy.

4. The best leaders don’t stagnate.

As Donald Trump likes to say, “If you’re going to dream, you may as well dream big.”

Leaders like Trump always have their eye on the next big deal, and they’re dreaming up ways to turn their dreams into realities (while keeping the best interest of their constituents–and the company as a whole–in mind).

5. Great leaders are assertive.

To bring out the best in others, the world’s best leaders take an assertive (not aggressive or offensive) approach to their positions.

They clearly state their expectations to avoid misunderstandings, and they take responsibility for helping others understand exactly what their roles are.

6. Good leadership teams are committed.

They have the determination, energy, and drive to follow through in the face of opposition, obstacles, and any other hurdles that come up.

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