When looking for better leadership in your business or organization—perhaps in yourself—consider the following 12 factors to improve your leadership skills or help you identify those individuals in your organization who can take over leadership positions.
Motivation is a huge key to any successful enterprise. Remember what motivates one person may not motivate another. True leaders can quickly identify motivating factors in an individual, in order to move them or influence them in a certain direction. Some of the strongest motivators include money, fear, time. and power. In most cases individuals will be motivated by several factors, however, one factor will prove to be the dominant one. When you find out what it is and how to use it, your ability to influence will be greatly improved.Motivation is a huge key to any successful enterprise. Click To Tweet
Tolerance is the ability to respect others’ views, without selling yourself out. As a leader, you need to understand where your people or organization is coming from, while realizing that they may not understand your position. To accomplish this, you must be an excellent communicator.Tolerance is the ability to respect other's views, without selling yourself out Click To Tweet
Trust is necessary to create the right environment. Consider the three sides of a triangle—or the BLT, which stands for Believe, Like, and Trust. Your goal is always to attempt to have individuals and businesses believe, like, and trust you and your organization. When you accomplish this you are well on your way to professional and personal success.Your goal is always to attempt to have individuals and businesses Believe, Like and Trust you Click To Tweet
Purpose is your mission—the driving forces behind your business. You should clearly know and understand your purpose and the purpose of those around you. In some cases, your team may not fully understand the real purpose of their organization. It is a leader’s job to effectively convey his or her mission and purpose to others. Leaders know their purpose and the purpose of those around them.Leaders know their purpose and the purpose of those around them. Click To Tweet
All leaders have a clear vision, which is what the ideal future will look like. A vision needs to include values, and it is critical that good leadership make sure that the people and organization agree with your vision. When a leader’s vision does not match the organizational vision, it will be hard to accomplish great things together.It is important that a vision include values Click To Tweet
This may seem like a small thing, but a positive attitude can make a big difference and conversely a negative attitude can also make a big difference—but not in a good way. People and organizations feed off of leaders, and those with positive attitudes will receive the best response.Those with positive attitudes will receive the best response. Click To Tweet
A leader’s awareness is the understanding of not just their own identity, but the identity of the people around them and their organization they represent. Each and every individual has a core identity, and the awareness to understand that core will improve your leadership.
It is impossible to become an effective leader without this trait. Failure often accompanies leadership, and those who are not determined will never get off the mat and pull themselves back up. When determination starts to disappear, leadership will begin to fail. Determination never takes a vacation or gets sick; it should be working every day.Determination never takes a vacation or gets sick Click To Tweet
A great leader must have faith that they will succeed, but equally as important is that they have faith in the people and organization around them. It is critical that in order for your organization and the people around you to believe in you, you first believe in yourself.
Leaders are always looking for new ideas and different places to find them. Leaders are not afraid to solicit new ideas from others. Businesses constantly need new ideas to improve their products and or services, and some of the best ideas are inspired by others.
Effective leaders know how to control their emotions and do not allow others to control their emotions or dictate their reactions. Willpower is critical for all leaders and is necessary to succeed. In business as in life, things will almost never go as planned, so be prepared.
No matter what the challenge is, a leader never gives up. Your business and people around you sense this and respond to it. Patience goes hand-in-hand with commitment. When leaders say they are going to do something, they do it. They take action steps and set examples, and as a result people and organizations respond.
Patience appears last on the list, however it may be the most critical trait, as success and effective leadership happen over time and not overnight.Success and effective leadership happen over time and not overnight. Click To Tweet
Kevin Coughlin, DMD, MBA, MAGD is an accomplished dentist, author, and speaker. With his unique and powerful message, Kevin provides small businesses with actionable solutions when considering strategic change, as well as keys to compete in an expansive market.