The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.
Have you ever heard of that quotation? It’s by Jim Rohn, one of America’s foremost motivational speakers and entrepreneurs. As it’s clear from the beginning, it talks about the qualities of a good leader.
Are you a good leader for your business? Let’s dissect those qualities one by one and see what they’re all about. Also, as you read through them, evaluate yourself if you do have each quality.
Let’s start with the first four for now; head back on Friday for the rest.
Be strong, but not rude
As a good leader, you need to be strong, no matter what circumstances arise. You need to be able to get your people going. You should keep their teams focused on the business’ goals.
But at the same time, a good leader should not resort to power-tripping. Just because you’re at the top doesn’t mean that you can act like some brusque alpha-male. Rudeness demotivates your team, and in turn they won’t perform as well as you expect them to. Being rude benefits no one.
Be kind, but not weak
Following from the last point above, kindness goes a long way. Kind leaders have many loyal followers. When you’re a kind leader, your teams will do the best that they can as a way of giving back. Excellent service is their payback to you for treating them well.
However, not everyone thinks that way. Some people will see your kindness as something they can take advantage of. They may guilt-trip you to get a raise, gain unfair advantage, and what have you. They will do all they can to leverage your kindness to achieve their own ends. Do not let them. Kindness does not equate to weakness. Yes, you should be kind, but don’t forget the first principle – be strong. When it comes to your company policies, standards, and work ethic, stay staunch and uncompromising.
Be bold, but not bully
Boldness builds upon the principle of strength. Being bold means having courage, confidence, and a willingness to take risks. If you have these, you aren’t afraid to do what it takes to get your business ahead.
But again, boldness must be balanced. Too much of it, and you’d turn into a bully. You would end up pushing people around, and in turn they will want to have nothing to do with you anymore. And this applies to anyone: clients, employees, and business partners. Being a bully will alienate you from them.
Be thoughtful, but not lazy
A good leader has a sharp mind, always figuring out the best ways to run his business well. You should always be thinking of ways to improve your products and services, so that you can provide your clients with nothing but the best. You also need to be constantly thinking of ways to make your team work better and better, for the same reason. You must be a good influence through the thoughts you impart to your team, your customers, and your associates.
However, the thinking is only the first step. The more important part is action. If all you do is think, that’s just lazy. Translate those top-tier thoughts into prompt action as well! As the famous Youtube star Casey Neistat said,
Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.
Don’t be stuck in the easy part. Do the work, turn the idea into reality. It’s hard, but hey, there is no such thing as an easy success.
So, do you have these qualities? If you do, then great! You are indeed a good leader. But if you lack some of them, there’s always room to improve. Develop those qualities that you lack, and you’ll be a much better leader soon.
Again, don’t forget to head back to the site on Friday for the three remaining qualities of being a good leader, as stated by Jim Rohn.
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