Today we’re at one of the most exciting times in history. In the mix with all the advancements in technology, one of the key factors to stay ahead of your competition is to be a great leader and then develop those on your team with strong leadership capabilities. While technical skills are important they take a back seat to some of the most important skills as a leader.
Of course, communication and influence are essential and it helps to have the ability for you (and your team) to convey ‘the story’ of your particular company, product, and service. As important are the “5 Critical Traits and Abilities of Great Leaders”:
1 – Predict – Experience may be the best teacher, however a strong gut, street smarts, intuition and the ability to forecast are all important to navigate in today’s business culture. Great leaders have a built in ‘compass’ evaluating: What’s the best result of this decision? What’s the worse that can happen? What needs to happen in order for this to meet/exceed our expectations? What is the cost of doing it this way?
2 – Simplify – Visionary and driver type leaders are invaluable. The greatest skill or ability a visionary type leader can develop is taking broad ideas and being able to make it easier to understand. Some of the best leaders become great storytellers to share their ideas, concepts, and strategies. Some of the best storytellers are great leaders simplifying complex ideas.
Oliver Wendell Holmes said it best:
“I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity”.
3 – Delegate – The ability to delegate effectively seems to be a lost ‘art’. Unfortunately, through traditional education, we’ve been trained how to NOT do this well. With limiting beliefs around ideas like: “If you want something done right, do it yourself”, it’s difficult for developing leaders to entrust others to carry out a task on their behalf.
Here’s a simple strategy you can use to get even better at delegating:
A. Define the item you want to delegate.
B. Name the potential fear, risk, or worse case scenario by delegating the item.
C. Identify what will happen if you don’t delegate it.
D. Identify the risk of what will happen for the list you identify in B.
E. Identify what has to happen for your dilute, dissolve or eliminate the risk.
Follow and practice the process above and you’ll get great at delegating in no time.
“If you don’t know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.” - Malcolm S. Forbes
4 – Systemize – Great leaders typically have created organized structures and processes in their heads for what they and their businesses do. Getting it out of their heads and into a simple blueprint and framework is one of the critical steps for advanced business growth.
“If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” – W. Edwards Demming
5 – Availability – One of the often overlooked abilities of great leaders is that of avail(ability). Being present, ready, and having the power and energy to move forward despite the challenges and obstacles you face is critical. You can tell the size of the person by the challenges or obstacles it takes to knock them off track. The great one’s find a way to get through, over, under, and around their biggest challenges and inherently have developed a practice, habit, and ritual of being a problem solver and being ‘available’.
Show me a leader that scores high and then attracts, builds, and creates a culture centered around the traits and abilities to Predict, Simplify, Delegate, Systemize, and demonstrate Availability consistently, and I’ll show you a company staging for massive business growth, outperforming the competition.
Take steps today to hone your leadership skills and work to create a culture developing these traits and abilities.
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