To be an effective leader, you need to work smarter instead of harder. Understanding how to use your strengths to boost your career is always essential. However, working in an authentic way that inspires and motivates your team is just as vital.
To ensure you succeed as an executive leader, you should review your character traits and work toward being honest, communicative, sensitive to your team, and open to feedback.
Life runs smoothly when everyone gets along, and a team is stronger when they work well together. In your leadership role, you must create this harmony and offer your team the support they need to thrive.
Character traits of influential leaders
Persistence – This is a quality that needs to be nurtured in executive leaders. Persistence is the driving force behind all your positive outcomes and successes. A great leader will always get back up after they fall.
If you want your team to follow you, then showing a high level of persistence proves to them you have the strength to see things through to the end. Courage stands shoulder to shoulder with persistence as you inspire your team, keep them focused, and lead with confidence.
Setting clear goals and pushing your team forward despite their doubts is how you show persistence in the field. Lead with confidence and purpose, and at the first sign of resistance, be ready with alternative goals or a plan of action to overcome setbacks.
Optimism – Mastering your fears and anxieties can be achieved through executive coaching as well as optimism and self-awareness. Fear fuels adrenalin, which can put you at risk both mentally and physically. To fight these fears, you need to control your impulses. To find out more about how to become an effective leader, you may enjoy my post, 5 Signs You Need an Executive Leadership Coach.
To be optimistic is to focus on the positive. An optimistic leader is also a valuable communicator; a trait necessary to instil belief in your team. Sir Winston Churchill is a fine example of communicating an important message while staying optimistic. He had the near-impossible task of changing the minds of everyone in Britain that they could fight Nazi Germany and win the war.
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Sir Winston Churchill
Self-Control – Every executive leader needs to demonstrate self-control if they expect the same from their team. It’s essential to learn how to handle stress alongside personal and professional commitments. How often do you feel like you have too much going on in your mind that you can’t filter the necessary information when required?
Working toward demonstrating composure when under pressure is a vital trait for every leader. Staying calm under difficult situations takes high levels of self-control and an element of self-management. When you support yourself effectively, you can then go on to manage your team in the same manner.
Allowing stress to infiltrate your life has a negative impact on your self-control, and in turn, deflates your team. You can read more about stress in my post, Are You Suffering from Burnout at Work?
Empowering your team requires you to be self-aware and notice when your self-control is waning. At this point, you may wish to seek the help and guidance of an executive coach.
Cooperation – To build a successful team, you need to become an effective leader. It’s essential that you lead with integrity and honesty, and ensure that your team cooperate toward your common goal. People are looking for leaders who inspire and motivate through strong values and professional attitude, but who also shows empathy.
Communication, innovation, sharing, and authenticity are vital elements of teamwork, and managing a group of individuals who may have their own strengths and weaknesses requires cooperation.
Determination – We all want to get the job done, and that’s where a determination is a driving force toward success. Along with initiative, fairness, and integrity, an influential leader will motivate their team to achieve their goals and strive for better.
It’s interesting to note that determination grows when it is shared. By motivating your team and sharing that determination, you will push forward and face anything together. Leaders with determination can assert themselves and be proactive.
Determination allows you to face your obstacles head-on, show dominance in times of need, and delegate from a place of confidence.
The importance of professional development and nurturing the traits you possess to boost your executive leadership journey is worthy of exploration.
Through executive coaching, you can explore your character traits, release any limiting beliefs that may be blocking these traits, and reboot your system to operate at optimum capacity.
“I approached Jane to support my personal development, as I knew that she had a successful commercial business background, and also because she had a high standard of coaching training. I was in a pretty dark place, and needed guidance and support to brighten up my future.
From the start, Jane made me feel comfortable, safe and reassured that I could make the changed needed in my life. After my first coaching session, I was already feeling energised, calmer and prepared for any new challenges ahead. After a few face-to-face meetings, and telephone support, I felt much better in myself, I had increased confidence, motivation, and generally felt much happier.
I have the tools and mindset now to be as successful as I choose. Jane has brought out the best of me. I can’t recommend her enough to anyone that wants to change and be the best they can possibly be.” Stephanie, International HR Director
Embrace your influential character traits and put yourself back in control of your executive leadership journey.
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