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Qualities which makes a good leader tick

Updated on June 25, 2013

A good leader comes from God.Some say a leader is born and others subscribe to the view that a leader is made - it is a matter of opinion. There are certain qualities an ideal leader of the twenty first century should possess. Gone are the days when leadership was inherited and runs in the family. The ideal world we live in today believes that leadership should be earned through competence and hard work ,it should not be handed to an individual on a platter without working for it. There are certain qualities expected of a leader I shall highlight in the following paragraphs:

No-one likes a leader who is a liar, hence trustworthy is one of the prerequisites of an ideal leader. A leader needs to win the hearts and minds of the surbodinates by being reliable and dependable. A good leader should not disclose confidential information of the workers recklessly.A good leader should know the strengths and weaknesses of the surbodinates so that each one of them can be managed accordingly.

A good leader should not always do everything on his own.He/she should delegate.Delegation is a good management skill, it yields positive results because the delegated worker will carry out the task effectively inorder to please the boss.A good leader should choose to work as a team rather than being a traditional leader who always runs late and is found sleeping behind the desk.A hands on approach to management is the key. A good leader should be well read and be up to date with the current information pertaining his/her role. Don't be found wanting intellectually by your subordinates - you will become a laughing stock. Strike a balance between being a traditional leader and a progressive leader.

A good leader should be fair and firm. Surbodinates need to be treated fairly,they are adults working for their families - don't push them too hard they know why they have come to work.At the same time be firm with those who may test your position.Show them you are confident to handle any situation. A good leader should avoid cliques at work. There are certain leaders who chose to talk and laugh with certain individuals at work whilst shunning other workers. This is poor management,a good leader should have time for every worker under his/her leadership. Choosing which workers to socialize with as a leader is counter productive, it causes factions at work and it becomes a breeding ground for gossip and name calling.

A good leader should be approachable, should be able to show emotions when need arise. Cry when the situation allows you to do so, likewise laugh when the situation allows you to do so that is part of being human to show emotions and feelings at certain situations. A good leader should not discuss personal problems of workers with other workers. A good leader should be a secret keeper and a confidant to all workers - back biting usually bounces back and bites the leader. Treat every worker as a unique individual with something to offer to the company. Tolerance and a big heart are requirements of a successful leader. A good leader should know the nuts and bolts of his/her trade, he/she is there to guide and lead subordinates. A good leader should be well versed with human rights issues and should know the code of conduct of his/her profession. Being jealousy and competing with your subordinates is tantamount to unwanted attention and conflict. Tread carefully when handling explosive conflicts among subordinates.

Be a good listener, learn to listen with both ears and listen well before you act.Time management makes one a good leader. Always come to work early than all of your subordinates and also be the last person to leave the work place.Surbodinates may learn a lot from you by so doing.

Avoid corruption, money should not be exchanged inorder to promote someone.Promotion should come on merit.If you are a male leader don't ask for sexual favours from women in exchange of promotion.Likewise a woman leader should also avoid sexual favours from males. Kick backs and sexual harassment will pull you down as a leader.Avoid tribalism, regionalism and racial segregation when employing workers.Equal opportunities for all should be your guiding principle in recruiting workers. Recommend all workers for advancement if the opportunity arises. Don't use selective justice, divide and rule tactics among the workers for this will pull you down.

A good leader should have a vision for the company he/she is leading.A good leader should always display emotional maturity and always be in a good frame of mind at work.Don't bring your home problems to work and don't extend your problems to subordinates by making them feel you are having a bad day.

Be that type of a leader who can communicate well,let people listen to you when you start speaking rather than booing you. It's worth the effort why can't you give it a go as a leader.

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