These are the times that leader’s true leadership qualities are put to the test. Seasoned Indian leader trainer and mechanical engineer, Yogesh Ambekar has identified eight of these indispensible leadership qualities as:
1. Good communication skill Every leader must also be a capable communicator. The bottom line is, if he possesses the other seven leadership qualities but if he fails to communicate well, he will never become a great leader. Being a good communicator is essential for developing good working relationships in either church or business. Without healthy relationships, his leadership will suffer.
2. Honesty is non-negotiable. Honesty with his peers, employees and constituents. Integrity is a key characteristic of honesty. You cannot have integrity without honesty, nor honesty without integrity. Once a leader compromises his or her integrity, it is lost.
3. Visionary outlook An important aspect of a leaders’ responsibility it to look to the future to help determine where the ministry or business should be going. This requires looking beyond today and identifying what the organization must become to remain relevant.
4. Selecting a good team The best leader in the world will never be know if he does not have a good and talented team. He needs to recruit and hire trustworthy people who will passionately take hold and run with the vision. This requires that he create an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect that will empower the team to always find the best solution.
5.Action speaks louder than words Leaders must be good listeners to insure know what is going on and understand what people need even if those needs are not overtly expressed. In addition to knowing the needs of their team, they must also be able to effectively respond to those needs. Ambekar finds that, “Responsive leaders wield influence to solve problems for those around them, often before even being asked.”
6. Ability to motivate people Motivating his team members is a never ending requirement of a good leader.
7. Consistency Leaders that are unpredictable or prone to changing their mind frequently or irrationally, kill worker morale. For most workers, doing their jobs well is confusing enough. They do not need the leader adding unwelcome surprises and stress to the mix. Keep things simple and consistent.
8. Ability to stand against critics This quality can be among the most challenging. As a leader’s success rate increases the likelihood of vocal critics multiplying also increases. It is important to accept the fact that you will not be able to “please all the people all the time.” Neither can you afford to harshly neglect every confrontation or criticism. Listen carefully because there is usually a kernel of truth in every criticism. As the Apostle Paul wisely said in Colossians 6:9, “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
(Leadership Qualities by Yogesh Ambekar)
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