5 Inspiring Habits of Effective Leaders
In our careers, we are bound to work with both fantastic leaders, as well as some unprofessional managers. It is these experiences which help shape our leadership style and develop important leadership skills. Taking the time to analyse the habits of effective leaders is an important exercise allowing us to differentiate between both the good and bad characteristics. If you’re looking to learn five of the most common habits of effective leaders which you can emulate, read below.
1. Taking calculated risks
There is a big difference between taking an unplanned risk versus a calculated risk. Effective leaders understand the importance of making informed decisions, and being intelligent when it comes to risky business. They forecast potential outcomes and create contingencies in the event that the risk doesn’t pay off.
2. Fostering a positive work culture
As we have heard time and time again, you are only as good as your staff. One of the greatest habits of effective leaders is taking the time to know their staff, and recognising the importance a positive working environment. Staff are most productive when they are happy within their role, and feel that they are making a valued contribution to the team’s goals. Great leaders remind their staff of their appreciation, and continually strive to make work a positive experience.
3. Encouraging innovation
Often, we hear the case of staff members who have a new idea, but are too afraid to share it with their manager or team. Unless staff feel comfortable in sharing innovative ideas, the organisation is likely to never progress. Effective leaders encourage their staff to contribute, no matter how crazy their concepts may be. This way, all ideas are on the table, and the focus is always on moving forward and bettering the organisation.
4. Leading by example
One of the most common habits of effective leaders is being able to lead staff by example. Leading by example shows employees that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done, and are committed to overall organisational success. Staff are more likely to put extra effort in if they see their superior doing the same, and will also be happier to complete the more menial tasks of the role.
5. Remaining graceful under pressure
Stressful situations are common in the workplace, therefore it is important to be able to remain calm under pressure. This point stems from leading by example as staff tend to copy their leader’s behaviour in high-pressure situations. Effective leaders refrain from taking their stress out on staff or coworkers, and calmly work towards a solution.
What do you think?
Can you add any inspiring habits of effective leaders to this list? Above are just five of the many wonderful qualities that a leader can possess. Comment below to share your views and join the conversation.
This article was written by Laura Hutton on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB.