Leadership in business can be defined as one’s ability to get others to willingly follow. Every organization needs leaders at every level in the business. Leaders can be found and nurtured if you look for the right character traits, then cultivate them into leaders.
Integrity: Integrity is the combination of inner values and outward actions. A person of integrity is the same on the outside as on the inside. This kind of individual can be trusted because they never veer away from inner values, even when it might seem like the right thing to do. A leader must display integrity in order to have the trust of their followers. Honest dealings, predictable reactions, well-controlled emotions, and an absence of tantrums and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. A leader who is centered in integrity will be more approachable by followers.
Vision: A leader with vision has a clear picture of where to go, as well as a firm grasp on what success looks like and how to achieve it. But it’s not enough to have a vision; leaders must also share it and act upon it. A leader must be able to communicate his or her vision in terms that cause followers to buy into it. He or she must communicate clearly and passionately, as passion is contagious.
Dedication: Dedication means spending whatever time or energy is necessary to accomplish the task at hand. A leader inspires dedication by example, doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision. By setting an excellent example, leaders can show followers that there are no nine-to-five jobs on the team, only opportunities to achieve something great.
Humility: Leaders with humility recognize that they are no better or worse than other members of the team. Leaders with humility also understand that their status does not make them a god. A humble leader tries to elevate everyone around them.
Magnanimity: Magnanimity by definition is the virtue of being great of mind and heart. A magnanimous leader ensures that credit for successes is spread as widely as possible throughout the company. Conversely, a good leader takes personal responsibility for failures. This sort of reverse magnanimity helps other people feel good about themselves and draws the team closer together. To spread the fame and take the blame is a hallmark of effective leadership.
Other individual traits such as intelligence, good looks, height, and social status are not necessary to become a leader. Anyone can cultivate the proper leadership traits, and it is up to the leaders of today to recognize the right character traits in an individual and nurture them into the leaders of tomorrow.