Dwight D Eisenhower said, “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.”1
Everyone is unique and has their own personality traits which make them great leaders. The personality traits can be broken down into groups or categories; general personality traits and task related traits.
General personality traits can be observed by both inside and out of the course and scope of work. This translates to what makes the leader a success can be used in not only their profession, but their personal life as well. The figure below, taken from the textbook indicate the general personality traits which constitute a successful leader.
Figure 2.1 General Personality Traits of Effective Leaders2
Within the figure above are eight general personality traits of effective leaders. The first of which is self-confidence.
Self-confidence is an admirable trait of a great and effective leader. A self-confident leader has a sort of charisma that portrayed through self-confidence by motivating their subordinates. Such a trait could be used to make fast decisions and has the ability to remain calm in a situation which is less than ideal. An effective leader with self-confidence could have the ability to bring a team together in a crisis type situation, motivating and working together to achieve an optimal outcome.
Humility is an important trait to exhibit to your coworkers as well. By allowing your coworkers to see a side of you which shows you are human and you make mistakes is important for cohesiveness within your group. In the words of C.S. Lewis, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less.”3 Being humble at the right time is key. For example, if you receive accolades for your work on a particular project, have the humility to know and admit it was not just your work but the work of your coworkers as well.
Trustworthy leaders must not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. If your coworkers cannot trust you, they will not put forth their best work. Per the merriam-webster dictionary, trust is defined as, “Belief that someone or something is reliable, good, and honest, effective, etc.”4 Be honest with your coworkers and they will be honest with you. Also, maintaining integrity will help you build a long lasting trusting relationship with your coworkers as well. Always tell the truth; somehow this is always the best course of action.
Authenticity is being open and honest about your intentions, values, and personality with your coworker. For example, don’t try to be someone you are not, your authenticity and values will always prevail over what you think others should perceive of you. Creating a long-term and open relationship with your coworkers will prove to be the best course of action.
Extraversion is the ability to be open and outgoing with your coworkers. You must be able to have a conversation with your coworkers. Such as; it is Friday and your coworkers are leaving for the weekend, you should stop what you are doing and make an effort to say, have a great weekend, making that extra effort to be friendly.
Assertiveness is where others know your stance on leadership and has some similarity to being an extravert. Setting goals and making sure those goals are carried out is achievable by being assertive about your coworkers reaching and obtaining those goals. By letting your coworkers know of your expectations of their performance and goals, you can achieve those goals.
Enthusiasm, optimism, and warmth is a desirable trait for an effective leader. Building good and long-lasting relationships with your coworkers is the desired outcome of an effective leader. Verbal and non-verbal gestures are both welcome and encouraged. Coworkers are looking to their leaders for guidance, optimism and enthusiasm in which to inspire them. Projecting a...
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