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What Makes Effective Leadership?

Updated: Jul 2, 2023



Leadership is a hard task. It requires you to be a role model, mentor, and coach for others. It requires you to take responsibility for the success or failure of your team. And it requires the ability to inspire people--even if they're not all on board with your vision (yet!) But if you want to be an excellent leader, it's worth putting in the effort required. Here are some ways that great leaders channel their skills:


Excellent leaders are authentic.

Authenticity is critical for leaders. Leaders who are authentic are not afraid to show their emotions and allow themselves to make mistakes. They are also not afraid to be different, or simply be themselves. These leaders know that being authentic goes a long way in helping establish trust with their followers.


Excellent leaders are transformational.

Transformational leaders are able to inspire others to change. They have vision and can see the bigger picture, so they're more likely to be able to help you see it too. Transformational leaders also have a greater understanding of what it takes for an organization or team to thrive, which makes them better at recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses as well as those around them. This enables them not only to see potential in others but also themselves—and that's something that makes transformational leadership so powerful!


Excellent leaders have a powerful personal presence.

Excellent leaders have a powerful personal presence. They are confident, but not arrogant. They have self-awareness and authenticity, so they don't pretend to be something or someone they're not. This is important because it shows that the leader truly understands himself and what motivates him—and will therefore know how to motivate others as well.


Excellent leaders also have strong senses of self; they're self-motivated and self-disciplined without being rigid or overly controlling in their approach to life or work.


Excellent leaders set direction and create a vision for the future.

The best leaders are able to set a vision for the future. A vision is a road map that allows you to know where you’re going and how you will get there. It is your goal, but it also includes the steps you need to take in order for your team or organization to reach that goal. For example, if your vision is selling more products at this year’s annual conference, then some of the steps may include:

  • Defining what success means (e.g., number of products sold)

  • Setting specific goals (e.g., sell at least 200 products)

Excellent leaders are capable of being personal, yet professional.

They can connect with people on a human level, while maintaining the respect of the position they hold. Excellent leaders are aware that they have a responsibility to their company and its employees, but they also understand that it's important for them to be seen as real people by their subordinates.


Being professional means keeping one's emotions in check when dealing with others; not allowing emotions like anger or frustration take over during tense situations at work. They’re reliable and dependable, and they act in a manner that reflects positively on their company.

Excellent leaders have a strong sense of ethics and integrity.


It's important to remember that excellent leadership is not just about being able to effectively get a job done. It's also about having a strong sense of ethics and integrity, which will help you build trust with your employees and contribute to the overall productivity of your company.


Excellent leaders have high social intelligence

Social intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive and understand emotions in other people. If you don't have this ability, it may be difficult for your employees to share their true feelings with you or for them to feel comfortable around you.


Leaders with high social intelligence value others' opinions and demonstrate empathy towards their team members when working together on projects or tasks. This makes them more approachable than someone with low social intelligence who comes off as distant or aloof from their staff members.


Excellent leaders use the power of influence, not authority, to get things done.


Leadership is not about authority, it's about influence.

Leaders are people who can get others to do what they want them to do, whether it be by virtue of their position or based on the strength of their character and personality. But leadership isn't just about getting people to do things; it's also about getting them to want to do what you want them to do. If you've ever wondered why some leaders succeed while others fail, this is one of the key reasons: they know how best use their power and influence over others so that they can achieve specific goals and objectives (which may or may not align with those of their subordinates). To be an effective leader requires a keen understanding of human nature because if someone doesn't feel empowered as part of your team--if he/she feels trapped in his/her role--that person will resist doing anything that he/she doesn’t want done or believe in wholeheartedly (and often without even realizing it).


Leadership is hard work but it's worth it

Leadership is a mindset, not a position. Good leadership is about helping people achieve their goals and make a difference in the world around us. It's about making your organization better, making your team stronger, and creating an environment where everyone can be successful.


Leaders are people who make things happen for others; they don't just talk about it or sit back with no action. They set an example for others to follow by working hard, doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done regardless of whether they have time or money available at the moment. Leaders lead by example with high integrity and values that reflect positively on their companies' reputation as well as theirs personally.


To Conclude

There’s no doubt about it: leadership is hard work. It requires you to be personal, professional and ethical in all situations, whether you are in front of a group or one-on-one. But these qualities aren't just for the sake of being nice; they're essential to being an effective leader who can lead their team toward greatness. “A true leader is one who knows the way, shows the way, and goes the way”.




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