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Development of Leadership Qualities: Styles of a Good Leader in an Organization

Updated on April 12, 2015
10 Great Leadership Characteristics
10 Great Leadership Characteristics | Source
Good leaders are a part of the team.
Good leaders are a part of the team. | Source

What is Leadership?

Leadership is the ability to lead followers to perform and complete a task. In order to effectively accomplish a task, a leader must provide a clear goal, ensure followers of credibility through actions, communicate the steps necessary to complete goals, provide motivation, ensure sincerity and demonstrate guidance. If those that follow the leader lack confidence in their leader's credibility they will lose vision and motivation.

A List of Leadership Traits

Qualities of a Great Leader:

  • Knowledgeable
  • Communicates
  • Trustworthy
  • Analyzes Perspectives
  • Innovative
  • Has Convictions
  • Inquisitive
  • Flexible
  • Delegates with Respect
  • Recognizes Accomplishments

Best Leadership Styles:

A good leader understands how the organization functions.
A good leader understands how the organization functions. | Source

Knowledgeable

A good leader understands the workings of the organization and the importance and purpose of the product or service provided.

  • Provides effective training and encouragement for the production of the product or delivery of the service.
  • Understands the process required to complete expected tasks within the organization.

A good leader communicates effectively with their team.
A good leader communicates effectively with their team. | Source

Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation

A Leader Communicates Effectively

A good leader motivates the masses through effective communication. Followers need to be inspired through words as well as actions. Communication is not only verbal, it is provided through actions and modeling of behavior and expectations.

  • Provides clear goals and expectations.
  • Motivates the accomplishment of the goal by providing purpose and vision.
  • Promotes accountability and ownership of responsibilities.
  • Encourages teamwork and camaraderie.
  • Evokes trust and shows empathy of the challenges faced.
  • Emphasizes mutual respect and integrity within all levels of the organization.

Leadership Quotes: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. -  John Quincy Adams
Leadership Quotes: If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. - John Quincy Adams | Source

Trustworthiness

A good leader is trusted to lead, guide and support the multiple needs of the organization for the benefit of long term success and growth of all team members.

  • Trusted leaders nurture the drive and motivation of the organization.
  • A lack of trust hampers the inspiration of followers to succeed.
  • Trust promotes a sincere vision for the organization.

Perspective

A good leader understands the perspectives of key members within the organization and reacts accordingly. An open and clear mind will help maintain clarity when assessing goals and accomplishments. A good leader will adjust to the needs of the organization without losing sight of the initial goal.

  • Remains focused on goals but is aware of concerns.
  • Intuitive to the trends that may affect the organization and the product.

Leadership Quotes: Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard. -  Warren Bennis
Leadership Quotes: Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard. - Warren Bennis | Source

Steven Johnson: Where Good Ideas Come From

Innovative

A good leader develops plans and strategies that adapt to the needs of the organization while initiating growth and development.

  • Maintains awareness of the training and development needed to compete with the competition.
  • Stays up to date with advances in technology and related products.

Leadership Quotes: Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. -  Steve Jobs
Leadership Quotes: Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. - Steve Jobs | Source

Convictions

A good leader believes in the vision of the organization and of the goals set forth for subordinates.

  • Bounces back quickly from set-backs and redirects the focus of the organization as needed.
  • Provides encouragement and direction when subordinates lose sight of expectations.

Inquisitive

A good leader asks questions and is curious if subordinates are on board with the direction that is being given or taken.

  • Analyzes productivity and seeks out areas that require improvement.
  • Recognizes both the milestones and the conflicts faced in reaching those accomplishments.


Flexible

A good leader can adapt and guide the organization through detours and delays.

  • Can move quickly to resolve conflicts.
  • Effectively redirects subordinates that lose focus.

Delegates with Respect

It is not uncommon for a leader to delegate various tasks within an organization. After all, a leader must keep things running smoothly. Delegations should be handled with respect and dignity. If a leader delegates without respect, you are in danger of losing inspiration, drive and convictions from your subordinates. Respectfully connecting with your team and maintaining convictions is key in the success of the organization.

Leadership Quotes: Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. -  Sam Walton
Leadership Quotes: Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish. - Sam Walton | Source
Good leaders congratulate and recognize even the smallest of accomplishments.
Good leaders congratulate and recognize even the smallest of accomplishments. | Source

Recognizes Accomplishments

A good leader recognizes the accomplishments of team members. Whether the goals are small or large each process is an important step toward overall success. Team players that are recognized and encouraged will usually maintain a mutual vision and goal with their leader.

Success in leadership is accomplished in the connections we make with our team and various subordinates. It is the qualities of a leader that will determine if those connections will be attained. A good leader will lead by example, will guide through communication and will sustain followers with steadfast respect, drive, flexibility and integrity.

Consider the various qualities identified above as a standard for you to develop your growth as a leader and as the building blocks for effectively developing your organization.

Simon Sinek: How Great Leaders Inspire Action

Inspirational and Motivational Leadership Quotes

Leadership Quote: "Be the mentor you wish you had." Manuel Gruber
Leadership Quote: "Be the mentor you wish you had." Manuel Gruber | Source
Leadership Quote: "TEAM - Together, Everyone, Achieves, More"
Leadership Quote: "TEAM - Together, Everyone, Achieves, More" | Source
Leadership Quote: "Integrity id doing the right thing when no one is watching." C. S. Lewis
Leadership Quote: "Integrity id doing the right thing when no one is watching." C. S. Lewis | Source
Leadership Quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams
Leadership Quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams | Source
Leadership Quote: "Leaders don't create followers, they create new leaders." Tom Peters
Leadership Quote: "Leaders don't create followers, they create new leaders." Tom Peters | Source

© 2012 Marisa Hammond Olivares

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    • GabeG profile image

      Gabe Gutierrez 

      3 years ago

      Very insightful. Having the ability to possess those innate intangible facets of leadership, being able to relate to your people, and building relationships will increase your leadership traits. It is often said that people don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care!

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      freequicksolution.com 

      4 years ago

      This Article is nice I have fun reading it.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      4 years ago from Texas

      Jatinder Joshi, Vision! Yes! You are correct, having a vision of the future will help the leaders and employees create a roadmap to their goals. What a wonderful and vital addition, thank you so very much.

      golpo, thank you, I appreciate that.

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      golpo 

      4 years ago

      A very very inspiring and helpful hub. Thank You Madam

    • Jatinder Joshi profile image

      Jatinder Joshi 

      4 years ago from Whitby, Ontario, Canada

      Great article.

      Enjoyed reading about your perspective on leadership qualities.

      Vision too could be one of them - the first one, I believe because leaders primary job is to visualise the future and communicate that to the followers in a language that makes sense to them. Rest follows. What do you think?

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      5 years ago from Texas

      itespoindia, you are right. Good character is important in any capacity.

      Dennis AuBuchon, thank you so much. I will always keep trying.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 

      5 years ago

      good informative hub. keep up the good work

    • itesbpoindia profile image

      Kamal 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very informative post. really leadership is nothing without a good character..

      thanks for posting this post..

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      5 years ago from Texas

      Victoria Lynn, I know. So many people are caught up with the title that they lose out on developing effective leadership skills. Nobody likes a tyrant or a leader with no direction.

      cclitgirl, you are so right. Communication is so important in establishing vision and goals. Motivating and supporting the team is also vital. Thank you for reading and commenting.

      GiancarloLorenzo, leaders need to be confident, but I think what I admire the most in a leader is when they express confidence in their team and the overall vision of the group. Thank you for sharing.

      BuyaBiz, yes. Being a good role model through actions help promote the words spoken.

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      BizVT34 

      5 years ago from USA

      Good stuff and I would add "Say what you'll do and do what you say"

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      Ray Williams 

      5 years ago from Little Rock, Arkansas

      Being a leader is a tough job. I don't know if I could ever be one. I aspire to be more of a leader, but I get too nervous. Very great hub and easy on the eyes to read.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Very cool - I really, really, really wish my former boss (principal) could have seen this. I think that the best leaders are superb communicators and make people feel at ease as opposed to make them feel uptight. They have a knack for bringing out the best in people. Your article illustrates that. Very nicely done!

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great information! If only all leaders were like this!

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Virtual Treasures, thank you very much - I appreciate that.

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      Kacie Turner 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Very well laid out and easy to understand. Voted up and useful!

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      GrApEwAtErr, thank you very much. I appreciate your comment.

    • GrApEwAtEr profile image

      Umer Farooq 

      6 years ago from Birmingham, United Kingdom

      Very clear and concise explanation of what a leader is likely to be, what actually is leadership and what are qualities of a good leader? Welldone.

    • missolive profile imageAUTHOR

      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      dallas93444, yes, leadership behaviors can be complex. So can various tasks. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      teaches12345, Hi there, thank you very much. I like that statement. It kind of makes me think of a horse with blinders. He might pull the cart but he doesn't know what is going on. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      This is a great hub on leadership. I find you statement, Remains focused on goals but is aware of concerns, to be so important in working with others. You must be flexible as needed. Voted way up!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Leadership is task specific. One task, or leadership behavior may simply require being assertive. An example: under fire in a combat environment, generally, the person who states, let's go... is the leader. Some leadership behaviors are very complex...

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