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There is no one list, and that's probably both the good news and the bad news. It's the bad news only in that it makes it more difficult for an individual to get a bead on what he or she needs to do or become to be one - an ideal leader. The good news, and this is far bigger, is that every individual contains the capacity to lead in some way, for some group under some circumstances. You don't have to be an extrovert, you don't have to be articulate, you don't have to be any one, or three, or even 5 things.
A leader has followers and achieves desired results. Period.
Although you might be an effective leader now (that means that you attract followers and are already achieving results,) it is possible for you to become more effective in a broader spectrum of situations. Leadership isn't inborn. Sure, you might have won the genetic lottery for intelligence, physical prowess, or interpersonal aptitude. But any and all of these inborn attributes has to be developed in order to be effective. You can be born the child of two tennis pros and not have any guarantees of winning Wimbledon without lessons and court time to hone your skills.
If you haven't been quite so lucky in the genetic lottery you can still develop yourself by paying attention to the traits that are important, translate them into behavioral terms, and then make the choice to implement them. Just like in school, some people seem to acquire the content easily and some study harder. What matters is the grade on the test, regardless of the amount of preparation invested.
Complicating this ideal leader discussion is that different traits are desirable in different situations. High intensity, high stakes circumstances might call for more of a command and control, quick decision making style. Less intense situations might be better handled by a more collaborative and listening-centered methodology of leadership.
What would it mean to you to become more effective as a leader? The impact might be intangible, or it might appear right in your performance numbers. Individuals who have chosen to develop their leadership capabilities with Summit have said things like:
- I got a promotion that I didn't expect, and now I'm making more money.
- I'm using my time better, which means that I'm selling more.
- I have my next-in-command ready to go so I can go on vacation without calling into the office.
- My employees are working harder, and they are not complaining so much.
- I'm leaving the office and going home on time.
- Departments here are working together better.
You have an opportunity to choose to be a better leader, and Summit and Alternative HR are providing the structure to help you do it. Click HERE for more information.