“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. Leaders become great not because of their power but because of their ability to empower.”
Economically, this has been the era of liberalization and privatization. For quite a few years, the celebrated India story made headlines across the world. India has retained its lost sheen and a promising future is in the offing. Well, the seemingly unending competitive world has started recognizing the integrated potential business patterns of India. The credit goes to the leaders at the helm. Leadership affects the prospects of an individual, an organization and a nation. Leadership is an intangible asset that never deprecates and hence, it is valued at premium. To transcend the limited scope of a business and reach the zenith of glory, one has to incorporate the right leadership traits. Here are a few ‘must have’ leadership traits:
Honest necessarily implies espousing professional ethics. It implies embracing the right professional etiquette and code of conduct to yield better results. One must clearly understand that by being honest, one can promote a healthy interoffice lifestyle and influence the work environment in a great way.
Vision and goal setting
A leader has to work in the right track to realize the aims, objectives, mission statement and vision of the organization. He has to incorporate in the employees and employers the right blend of decisiveness, empathy and Strategic Decision Making.
A mediocre leader delivers while a great leader genuinely inspires. For example, Rahul Dravid, the great batting legend of India is a source of inspiration to many young talented cricketers. He has unleashed the potential from many talented cricketers and played an instrumental role in giving an edge and the necessary penetration to play quality cricket.
A true leader never passes the blame. He never basks and sings the ‘song of blame.’ He takes responsibility and monitors the performance of every employee. What finally emerges is an ‘Accountable Leadership personality ’ with an extraordinary ability of delegating tasks to employees.
Exceptional Communication and Great Sense of Humor
Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the renowned former Prime Minister of India, is a great orator. He is known for his oratorical brilliance. In addition, he is known for his supreme sense of humor. His humorous remarks are known for bringing smiles of happiness and eternal joy. During an election meeting in Gujarat, the then Prime Minister India Gandhi addressed the gathering and claimed herself to be the daughter of Uttar-Pradesh and daughter-in-law of Gujarat. Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji regaled the audience by mentioning that she is also the ‘mother-in-law’ of Italy. Well, exceptional communication skills and a great sense of humor aid a leader in achieving the impossible.
By incorporating the right virtues and right leadership traits, one can realize the cognitive abilities of an organization regardless of its size and become competent and complete.