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The Good to Great of Being a Leader

Author: Mark Firth/Tuesday, November 26, 2019/Categories: Blogs

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Whether you are heading a small company with a few employees or a bigger organization with substantial staff, strong leadership skills can make all the difference between a successful business and a dwindling one.

So, what is it that sets the successful leaders apart from the others?

Here are 4 traits that make a world of a difference in how leadership is approached by leaders of different statures.

1. Great leaders focus on improving themselves at all times

Leadership development is an important aspect of great leadership. Effective leaders possess the right mindset, leadership skills, and behaviors to make their organizations successful. But of course, the best way to engage leaders and develop them for success is through targeted leadership development programs. These leadership development sessions include a variety of tools and techniques including assessments, simulations, deep skill practice, coaching, and activities.
 

2. Great leaders welcome feedback

To be successful, it is important for one to realize their own strengths and weaknesses, and for leaders, criticism, and praise come hand in hand. It is easier to surround oneself with sycophants who would never challenge your acts or decisions or push back. However, great leaders would always have a trusted circle of family and friends who would give them honest feedback on both the right and wrong of their acts and great leaders would work towards their areas of development by first acknowledging that there is scope for improvement even for them.

3. Great leaders welcome responsibility

Nothing ever can explain this concept better than the famous line from the movie Spiderman "With great power comes great responsibility". Over the years it may have acquired the status of a leadership cliché but the essence of the statement hasn’t diluted even one bit. As a leader one needs to understand that the ultimate responsibility lies with them and if something goes wrong then they need to own it up.

4. Great leaders build others

The easiest thing to do in life is torn other people down, and believe it or not, in the kind of world that we are living in today this is a major occurrence. On the other hand, great leaders are more focused on becoming a positive influence on their people’s lives. However, this in no way means that they are people pleasers and have nothing bad to say to or about anyone. What it essentially implies is that they give constructive or meaningful feedback to realize the full potential of their people. Leadership isn't just about being charismatic or having the ability to take charge of a room or a charming personality. It's more to do with a person's character and core traits.

At The Taplow Group, through our professional search, we help you source leaders who have a proven track record of pushing past their limits and realizing their true potential. To know more about our services like leadership consulting, executive search, management consulting, visit www.TaplowGroup.com

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