Do you ever look at highly successful corporate management members and wonder how they made it to the top of their field? Some of it has to do with the individual and the drive they have inside of themselves. In general, however, these successful managers and leaders share some common characteristics.
Learn what these success traits are so that you can find them within yourself too.
Leaders and managers are often in the public eye. They are outgoing extroverts, but even extroverts need some downtime sometimes. Find some time to be alone, recharge your batteries and step out of the spotlight from time to time.
A good leader has to offer people what people want. The challenge in this is that leaders cannot assume that what they have to offer is what people want. Seek validation in the characteristics and traits you have to offer by getting to know employees and taking the time to find out what they want and need from you as their leader.
Put them on the Defensive
A leader doesn’t always agree with everyone else. On the contrary, a great leader is always questioning others—always putting them on the defensive. It can even offend people from time to time, but it’s what uncovers greats successes.
Learning, training and development are a constant with great leaders. They never get to a point in their personal life or professional career where they have learned enough. They attend training and development courses, sessions, and conferences that can help them advance as a leader and as a professional. They are always reading and researching the latest industry news and trends.
Desensitize to the Fear
You also have to become fearless. The biggest fear that most individuals have is the fear of rejection. Seek out rejection. Once you experience rejection, you can let the fear of it go and move on.
Disrupt the Consensus
Just because everyone else believes in something doesn’t mean a good leader goes along with it. Some of the greatest leaders in the world went against the norm. Consider the greats, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gandhi. Shake things up by going against the norm.
Delegate, Delegate, Delegate
Leaders cannot take on every role themselves. Managers and supervisors have to learn how to delegate duties to others. This allows leaders to focus their efforts on what they do best because other qualified individuals are handling the other duties that those individuals can handle best.
Expect Nothing in Return
Give without expecting anything in return–at least not a direct return of your time investment. Over time, your giving efforts are going to come back to reward you, but the rewards do not tend to be immediate or tangible.
Relinquish Duties and Tasks
At times, you have to be able to admit defeat. Some ideas, some projects and some work just aren’t feasible. Admit it when it happens. Leave it behind you and move on to your next great idea, project or work.
Learn from some of the great leaders in the world. While some of their traits and characteristics are their own, but the success traits they share are ones you can mimic to create your own successes.
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