Monday, October 3, 2011

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Leadership Thinking - 7 Key And Essential Qualities Of An Ultimate Leader

By Bonnie Holscher

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It is very surprising that many individuals believe that just because they are in a supervisor position that they are a good leader. Unfortunately this is not the case more often that not. There is a huge difference between being a good and excellent leader and supervising a group of people and not all supervisors possess the qualities of a good leader.

A good leader is considerate and understands that not everyone has the stability and stamina in every endeavor as he or she does. Therefore making sure the team is taking care if is of an utmost importance.

A good leader is also a good follower. Not all leadership is at the front of the line. Sometimes allowing someone on the team to step forward with knowledge and ideas almost always contributes to the versatility of the team and the strength of its leader.

A good leader is fair to the circumstance and the individuals involved. How a leader handles reprimanding an individual on his team is a major indication of what kind of leader he or she is. Public reprimand is the instant sign of a poor leader. The inability to step back and support in decisions that may not have been first choice also indicates insecure leadership and a need to control. Control is not leadership.

A good leader know how to give, take and evaluate feedback. Feedback must not be personal and follow what worked, what did not work and what can be done different.

A good leader can make adjustments. He or she is adaptable and does not claim to know it all. Being able to reevaluate and redirect in the moment, indicates flexibility and a leaders willingness to trust what is.

A good leader communicates in a manner that is understood by others and redirects when necessary when communication is hindered. Should his team not clearly understand information and instruction, a good leader will reword and re-communicate until all on his team have a clear understanding of the task at hand and the method in which it will be accomplished.

A good leader knows when and when not to delegate. There are times when certain functions and duties should be and must be delegated to appropriate others and there are times when the function is one that requires that a leader handle his or herself. The key is to know the difference and proceed in a manner that creates success and victory.