There’s a job, and then there’s a career. The difference between working for a living and living to work often comes from the higher ups who influence company culture. There are many qualities of a great leader, but some are necessary for overall office function, such as building trust and balancing millenial vs baby boomer needs. Happy workers are more productive, so for the sake of your own company’s success, reflect on these qualities of a great leader and see which you have and which you could improve on.
This is often number one on every list. When a group of people trust you with their livelihood and employment, you have to make sure you are honest, transparent and diplomatic. That means only say what you mean and don’t gossip with employees about other employees. And it’s always a good idea to remember that morals are more important than money. The reputation of your company depends on the leaders acting with integrity. Always.
Not all leaders are born with charisma, sometimes it is a learned trait. Being confident in a meeting whether with the staff or a prospective client is important for conveying confidence in the company and a passion for the work being done. A great leader can think on their feet and instill passion and happiness for what they do in others, which is also a trait of great salesmen.
Would you want to show up to work if your boss didn’t? A motivational boss can make the difference between an employee calling out sick for a headache or powering through to come to work anyways despite their hangover. As long as it’s sincere, an inspiring and upbeat boss can greatly increase the productivity in the office.
Passionate & Gritty
Passion and grit are similar and equally important traits to possess when leading others. Without passion, others won’t be inspired to dedicate their time and work extra hours to get the job done or go beyond what’s required. Then the leader must stick with what they started with grit. Being a do-er is so important when leading, otherwise coworkers will get frustrated with all talk and no walk.
Just like with integrity, being competent has to do with people trusting you with their livelihood. Great leader is well informed on industry they operate in, and makes decisions with educated foresight and smart growth projection. They also make decisions with facts over emotion, because sometimes the logical thing to do isn’t always what’s desired.
Lead by example. This goes back to walking the walk and talking the talk. It is also important to encourage employees to take risks and not be afraid to strive for growth out of fear of failure. By being open minded to new and sometimes risky decision, the company can benefit from an environment that encourages growth and action.
Have a problem with someone’s behavior? Tell them. Feeling stressed and not to social? Admit that. Big opportunity in the works? See what ideas other people have. Open communication is key for healthy workplace culture.
A company gets stale when the employees’ creativity does, and customers notice. By constantly thinking and getting the juices flowing, you and your company or department can stay up to date on the trends and ahead of competition.
So many other qualities fall into this category. Being empathetic when an employee needs to leave early, flexible with work/life balance, understanding of unforeseen circumstances and oopsies, and overall patient lets employees know they are respected as a an imperfect human being. Without being walked over, listen as well as lead.
Genius startup idea? Great! Now act normal. Nobody likes arrogance, successful boss or not. Bring humility to your everyday work, admit to your failures, and let others shine, too.
Dog Friendly Office
Great leaders allow a dog friendly office. This is a fact.