5 characteristics of a great leader

Above all else, great leadership is the key to effective employee development and satisfaction which, in turn, maximises employee motivation and business performance. It’s near impossible for a business to run smoothly if it’s tainted with ineffective management; but what, exactly, are the qualities needed to become a great leader?

Honesty and transparency

Honesty is a vital quality amongst management. Employees need to feel as though their leaders are transparent at all times about changes within the company – both positive and negative. Not only does this help them to stay in-the-know, but it also allows everyone to feel as though they’re on a similar level, narrowing down the hierarchy between team members. Leaders who withhold important information from their employees are likely to risk losing their trust, so it’s important to be truthful and clear about important updates within the company to establish a mutual level of respect.

Effective communication

Communication in the workplace is vital in keeping employees happy and ensuring that the business runs smoothly. Of course, employers should communicate company updates to their employees regularly, but they should also actively motivate their team by perhaps offering incentives, or simply taking the time to greet their employees each day.

Instilling a general sense of honesty in the workplace allows employees to feel more comfortable in sharing any issues they might have. Speaking out about mental health issues has become of particular importance recently, and in response, employers should always listen with intention, and adopt an open door policy.

Showing loyalty

To cultivate a strong workplace culture, it’s important that employers stick with their employees through times of both positive and negative change. A strong team that communicates effectively, no matter what, ultimately delivers the best results – so it’s important to persevere through times of difficulty. Standing up for team members when needed is particularly important in ensuring that they remain loyal to you in return.

Empowering others

Employees who feel empowered are much more likely to gain feelings of self-confidence and self-esteem, propelling them to produce high quality work and motivating them to develop in their role. An effective leader is one that can provide employees with the necessary tools to help them to develop and become better at their role, ultimately increasing feelings of empowerment through opportunities for progression.

A caring and positive attitude

Above all else, the key to a leader effectively connecting with their employees is showing genuine empathy and concern for their mental and physical health, as well as taking an interest in their personal lives. Employers who are distant from their employees deprive the workplace of connections needed for a strong workplace culture, so it’s important to try and have conversations beyond the demands of the business on a regular basis.

It’s also important to have a positive attitude at all times; as an employer, the general mood you convey will have a direct impact on the overall ambience of the workplace and motivation levels of your employees.

If you’d like any advice on effective leadership qualities in the workplace, don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team.  

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