Would you save a good leader?

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You’d remember while growing up the little things that you were told to keep in mind. Parents call it “good etiquettes”. The supposedly “bad” kind of etiquettes is what we learn over a period of time because of our circumstances or experiences in life.

Does it matter how you are?

It does if you need to keep a job. A job, where you meet a lot of people and need to actually interact with them (no matter how much you hate it)

Every leader must know the art of leading and should save him/her from becoming dictatorial. We already know How to identify bad bosses, now let’s take a look at the qualities of good leaders. Here we are presenting you with our favourite quotes which are also top 5 qualities that will make you a good leader.

“Politeness is a sign of dignity, not subservience.”  – Theodore Roosevelt

You might agree if we say polite people bring out the best in others. As a leader, while having a conversation with anyone in your team, you always generate a certain kind of feeling in them. Whether the feeling is positive or negative that entirely depends on what “vibes” you’re giving to them. Being polite will not just keep you in control but will also motivate your team members to work hard.

“I encourage people to remember that “no” is a complete sentence.” – Gavin de Becker

Holding a powerful position is one part, the other is whether you are in command or not. Why are you a leader in your industry? Either you have been appointed to be a leader or you have worked hard and earned it or some other reason. But you are responsible for your team, for your company or your business. When the time comes or any need arises you will take decisions that will not be pleasant for your team. These times will call for you being assertive. Assertive leaders are respected, bossy leaders are mocked at. Which one do you want to be?

“It is not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we do not do” -Moliere

The onus of a bad performance completely rests with the manager. At least in the eyes of the higher management in any organisation. The same pattern trickles down to the manager’s team that believes the onus completely rests with them. However, in a better world, each and every member of a team should be responsible for any activity. The reason one is appointed as a manager or a leader is because he can oversee what has been missed. But that is not enough! Try being a leader who can run a show if in case his entire team falls sick someday. You can easily do that if you are hands on with every project (or maybe just the critical ones) your team is handling. Being a leader should not stop you from being a team player.

“Dressing well is a form of good manners” – Tom Ford

Have you wondered why some organisations have strict dress codes? Or why executives from hospitality industry are so well dressed? This is mostly in cases when you’re in top companies or you are required to meet/interact with a lot of people at work. If you are not well dressed the other person gets an impression that you do not consider them as important and that is certainly not the list you want to fall in. To run a business/company or to lead a team, you must look confident. Confidence does not reflect from dressing up sloppy. We aren’t saying that you need to re-create your wardrobe with only formal wear right from D&G. Our meaning of being well dressed is more to look presentable & confident. Then your attire is formal or casual it’s entirely upto you & how the culture is in your company. Certainly not encouraging a mandatory strict formal work attire.

“Most of the successful people I’ve known are the ones who do more listening than talking.” – Bernard Baruch

When you listen you just don’t build a better understanding with the other person, but you also get the perfect idea of how you should respond in the best possible way. And when you have to interact with a large team it becomes all the more important to listen more and talk less. Because the more you listen, the better you will understand and will always react in a way that won’t offend anyone. The listening also builds a level of respect and every time you speak the others will take you seriously & you will never be misjudged.

The above points just don’t add up to a good leader but also to a good human being. Such people are celebrated and are more successful. Don’t you agree?

 

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