By Alan Graner
The following list of 22 leadership traits is for the lazy. If you’re truly serious about leadership, read the entire articles.
How new leaders can become better leaders
- Learn to influence rather than use force.
- Be transparent.
- Really listen.
- Provide encouragement.
- Don’t spread yourself too thin.
Source: “5 Steps for Tackling Your Role as a New Leader” by Carolyn Knight http://www.thoughtleadersllc.com/2012/06/5-steps-for-tackling-your-role-as-a-new-leader/
How to become a trusted leader
- Define and clarify roles, goals and expectations.
- Don’t accept denial, blaming, excuses and scapegoating.
- Don’t let department heads and team or project leaders off the hook.
- Take the initiative to figure out where the barriers to success lie.
- Set milestones and metrics.
- Find balance between process and results.
Source: “6 Keys to Becoming a Trusted Leader” by Henry Browning http://www.forbes.com/sites/ccl/2012/03/27/6-keys-to-becoming-a-trusted-leader/
7 golden rules of leadership
- Everyone’s time is valuable.
- No temper tantrums.
- Get to the point!
- Be candid.
- Just say thank you (and mean it).
- Integrity is everything.
- If you don’t know, who does?
Source: “The Seven Golden Rules of Leadership” by Betsy Bernard http://www.fdu.edu/newspubs/magazine/03fa/rules.html
4 obstacles to great leadership
- The knowing-doing gap. Many leaders have read tons of books on leadership, but they don’t follow through by doing what they’ve learned.
- Insufficient investment. Many leaders underestimate how much effort is required to learn new leadership knowledge that will be useful.
- Implementation difficulties lead to insufficient persistence. Many leaders rationalize away failure to justify reverting to their old ways.
- Insufficient support from their ecosystem. Individuals within the organization who are used to dealing with a leader in a certain way may resist change.
Source: “Breaking Bad Leadership Habits” by Jean-Francois Manzoni http://knowledge.insead.edu/leadership-management/breaking-bad-leadership-habits-3173
What traits do you think make great leaders?
Alan Graner is Chief Creative Officer at Daly-Swartz Public Relations, an Orange County, CA marketing communications firm. For a public relations campaign that makes you stick out from the crowd, email Jeffrey Swartz at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit www.dsprel.com.