John Quincy Adams was indeed correct when he opined, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
Simply emulation of the traits of effective leaders, as portrayed through their works and numerous books, is not enough to create a natural leader capable of bringing about a metamorphosis in the state and functional attributes of an organization. What one requires is an insight into his or her individual, natural and inherent leadership skills and talents, rather than a replication of the successful features of other leaders.
“Be yourself”- is the mantra for being a leader who can change and direct productivity, morale and resources in the correct direction, thus navigating his organization on the path of success and efficiency. It is also important to leverage one’s natural strengths and align them with the overall goals to generate the tremendous power needed to lead, achieve and develop. Given below is a peep into some of the common traits of those who are born to lead:
Vision: To bring about positive and constructive changes in their organizations, senior professionals and leaders nurture a vision and share it with others. The foresight and energizing vision of these leaders inspire their teams to move forward in the right direction in accordance with all the internal and external factors, which have an impact on the futuristic structure and performance of the firm.
Focus: To convert their vision into reality, naturally effective leaders focus on the achievement of overall goals through the utilization of their team’s collective and individual strengths, evaluation of their capabilities and streamlining the same in a positive and constructive manner. This helps in attaining the confidence that each individual can attain the highest levels of performance in every little act expected of them.
Individual Style: The focus and vision of these leaders is complemented and supported by functioning in their natural effective zones rather than replicating the patterns set by others. Activities and thought processes which are appropriate for them as individuals, along their experiences, skills and competencies, always get better response and productivity and creates lesser stress on the organizational resources. This approach also helps leaders analyze their success and failures and use it to the advantage of the organization in an effective and efficient manner.
Value Strengths: Apart from inspiring others to deliver their best, leaders also value the complementary skills and talents of others and showcase their dependency on them to fill in the blanks.
Active Learners: The quest for constant growth and development motivates leaders to pursue the path of active learning, which helps in meeting new challenges head on. Focusing on intrinsic strengths and honing individual skills and talents is obviously more productive than making efforts to bolster weaknesses. This in turn leads to incremental growth of the leaders and the organization as a whole.
In a nutshell, effective leadership is all about embracing one’s individual style of functioning, tapping into hidden skills and talents and giving vent to power which envisions the future and steers others towards the attainment of goals.