You can learn many techniques to become a leader. Some you may already possess, others you can learn. Some people have a natural talent to lead; they show it from a young age. Others grow into it both naturally and through practice. You can get there if you concentrate on these 7 character traits
Natural born leaders seem to possess most or all of these. You can see them in children as well. They stand out even at a young age. Most of us have some of these traits, the rest you can learn and use.
You Gain Other Peoples Respect
Leaders have the knack of gaining peoples respect. They listen to them and are willing to follow. Many leaders have this as an innate talent but others acquire it as they go through life through their achievements and overall attitude.
If you are not passionate for what you are doing why would anybody else be? You must be enthusiastic and full of excitement with your work. You are committed and everyday give all you have. This is noticed and inspires others who pick up the vibe and bring it to their own work.
Things seldom go smoothly. When things are difficult leaders do not give up. They keep going, determined to achieve what they set out to do. Set backs are accepted, analysed and then bypassed. Success is the ultimate objective and they will get there.
Leaders seek responsibility for both good and bad. He or she embraces it, viewing not as a burden but as a benefit. They are not 9 – 5 drones. They want success and devote more time to it than others do because there is no better feeling than the achievement and success that accompany responsibility.
Have A Sense Of Values
You must have beliefs and stick to them. You must always maintain high standards of behaviour. People notice and respect that. You are demonstrating courage, as you will be seen to stand for your values all the time. You argue your corner when challenged and inspire others.
Be Self Confident
You must be self-confident. With this comes the ability to quickly make the right decisions and lead others. If you are not convinced you can succeed, why would anybody else? Confidence and correct decision-making will lead to success and the desired outcome.
We are all busy and being bombarded from all sides. E-mails, memos, social networking, meetings and reports are all constant distractions. Before you know it the day has gone and you have only done a fraction of what you needed to. Leaders can ignore distractions and keep on with what they need to do.
Applying these character traits in all your business dealings will reap dividends. You will achieve more and be very successful. The only thing stopping you is your own self-doubt.
By Aaron Cook