Leaders are not all built the same. I’m sure you’ve experienced both great leadership and ineffective leadership at least once before. However, truly inspiring leadership seems to be few and far between. In order to dissect the makeup of an inspirational leader, here are five of the most important things inspiring leaders are doing.
It takes a lot to be considered inspirational as a leader, but you’ll never achieve that level of greatness without being a positive presence. Positivity is infectious. It’s hard to not laugh with someone or celebrate the wins of a team member when leadership is right there with you doing the same. If you don’t have someone at the helm who’s happy to be at work and eager to help, it’s hard to feel that way about work, too.
Easily, the biggest problem with ineffective leaders is communication. It should be no surprise that inspiring leadership are experts at communication. They are always clear and concise but go out of their way to clarify anything that does not make sense. They also are very careful and deliberate with their messaging. They don’t want to waste your time or send a message that comes off with a different meaning than they intended.
Grateful for Their Team
The most satisfying feeling at any job is working under grateful leadership. For employees, it goes a long way when leadership is grateful for the hard work and dedication they put out day after day. Jobs are not meant to be fun, so there are always unpleasant or difficult tasks that need to be finished. Coming out the other side of a grueling task knowing that leadership is grateful for your work makes it that much easier. Let’s face it, there’s nothing worse than working really hard only to find out it went unnoticed.
Listening is a close cousin of communication. No leader can be an effective communicator without also being a great listener. When leadership listens intently to what you have to say and internalized it before responding, you both get closer to achieving goals that work for the both of you.
Compassion is the final attribute inspirational leaders all possess. They genuinely care about the company they lead, the employees who work with them, and the consumers they serve. When people come from a place of genuine care, it’s easier to work through the difficult times.