By Hart Davidow
If you haven’t noticed in the most recent past of a couple of years, business is rapidly changing and as a result the business environment has shifted dramatically. Because of rapid change there has been a new emphasis on leadership on how management of the business is taken on.
Psychological tests like DISC, Myers Briggs, Objective Management, these and many more are available online, and have been used to determine the most common characteristics of what a successful leader is and how they think. The business managers within the organization that recognizes what a true leader is, can use these characteristics to gain insight and the managers can develop their own leadership skills and abilities.
The Leadership Potential equation was developed by Raymond Cattell, who was a pioneer in the field of personality assessment, in 1954. This equation, which Cattell based on a study of military leaders, was later used to determine the traits of an effective leader.
Among the basic traits of an effective leader is emotional stability. Good leaders need to be able to tolerate stress and frustration. They must be well-adjusted and have the psychological maturity to deal with anything they may face as part of their job.
Leaders love to work on and overcoming obstacles. The leaders’ style of thinking and their attitude in dealing with others they need to learn to be assertive. The highly effective leader typically is on the go, constantly, highly enthusiastic and very expressive, and alert and uninhibited. Optimism and openness to change are also traits of an effective leader.
Other basic traits of an effective leader are a sense of duty and exactitude. Effective leaders have a high standard of excellence and an inward desire to do their best. They also tend to be self-disciplined and have a need for order.
Effective leaders are spontaneous risk-takers. They are aggressive and thick-skinned, while being highly responsive to others. Good leaders are logical, practical and direct. They are very comfortable with criticism.
Other common traits among leaders are self-confidence and resiliency. Leaders have no need for approval. They are secure and unaffected by mistakes or failures. Effective leaders are controlled, precise and social in their actions, while being highly protective of their integrity and reputation.
Effective leaders own the traits that help them motivate others and lead them in new directions. Since most leaders have to work long hours and travel, they remain alert and focused. As a result, effective leaders learn to use their intuition and trust when making decisions.
A true leader makes their primary goal to the development of their employees. The true leader recognizes that more can be accomplished by empowering others than by doing it themselves. Effective leaders believe totally in team work. They promote only an adult to adult relationship with their employees, which foster team cohesiveness.