Based on surveys of more than 15,000 people, the following traits were selected as the key to effective leadership:
· Being honest – 87%
· Being forward-looking – 71%
· Being inspirational – 68%
· Being competent – 58%
- Honest people have credibility – and that’s what gives leaders the trust and confidence of their people. High credibility leaders foster such things as greater pride in the organization, a stronger spirit of cooperation and teamwork, and more feelings of ownership and personal responsibility. What are some of the other characteristics of credible leaders?
- They do what they say they will do. They keep their promises and follow through on their commitments.
- Their actions are consistent with the wishes of the people they lead. They have a clear idea of what others value and what they can do.
- They believe in the inherent self-worth of others. And they learn “how to discover and communicate the shared values and visions that can form a common ground on which all can stand.”
- They are capable of making a difference in the lives of others – and liberating the leader in everyone.
- They admit their mistakes. They realize that attempting to hide mistakes is much more damaging and erodes credibility. But when they admit to making a mistake, they do something about it.
- They arouse optimistic feelings and enable their people to hold positive thoughts about the possibilities of success.
- They create a climate for learning characterized by trust and openness.