When you ‘stand-out’ in the crowd, and do not sheepishly follow the herd, it justifies and denotes your capabilities towards becoming an exceptional leader. To become an exceptional or extraordinary leader there are certain norms and regulations which an individual has to inculcate in him, over time.
The following qualities add to the probabilities of shaping oneself into an excellent leader.
Assertiveness is very commonly confused and misinterpreted with aggressiveness. Although there is a very thin line of demarcation between the two, the difference should be clearly understood and comprehended so as to become a good leader.
An assertive leader will always focus on his activities so as to drive out a win-win situation from it by engaging himself with his employees whereas an aggressive leader would only try to dominatingly and rudely find his way towards his goals.
The journey of both might be for the achievement of a similar target, but the former would wrap up with a good reputation and goodwill, while the latter might be labeled as uncooperative or insensitive at the end of the day. So, it is very essential to be co-operative, sensitive and assertive, at the same time, in order to come out with flying colors as a true leader.
It is very important for a leader to be appreciated and idolized by co-employees. This can happen only if he respects them and hears them out.
Being a good listener and having the quality of empathizing with others is a very integral communicating skill which every ardent leader should possess. Listening to suggestions, interacting with them regularly, rewarding and praising them from time to time for their achievements will definitely make a niche of respect and gratitude in their hearts for you as an extraordinary and competent leader.
Delegation does not simply mean assigning a particular work to an employee. Delegation of work should be based on unique talents, attributes and capabilities of individual workers. Before assigning work to them, weigh all scales and make sure the he is the perfect and the best choice for that particular assignment.
Also, a clear and concise description of the venture should be provided to the assignee before providing him with deadlines. By delegating the right work to the right candidate, you would be providing personal and professional growth opportunities for the individual employee as well as the company on the whole.
4. Create Accountability:
A proper and prompt feedback from co-employees is very important to assure and maintain focus and consistency of purpose. Make sure all your team members present their progress report directly to you. A very transparent relationship is required while handling accountability with workers in order to achieve the desired mission flawlessly.
As a leader of a group, if you can handle the above qualities efficiently, no one can stop you from being tagged as an ‘exceptional leader.’