There are people who are inherently born with certain qualities that enable them to become a leader. It feels natural for them. And then there are others who acquire those qualities through learning and experience. But whether it is natural or learned, a team leader is nonetheless someone to look up to. A leader can be anyone, from your social circle to politicians. It all depends on character and personality.
If you look at some of the leaders, you will see that they all share similar characteristics. They may come from various backgrounds, they may have different education but all of them, in one or another, have similar traits. Below is a list of some of those qualities which make an individual a worthwhile leader.
- Decision making abilities:
Perhaps the most important characteristic of being an effective team leader. There are several situations in the professional world which require a calm, rational, level headed person to make decision. Consequently these decisions will either make or break the team and will also determine the person’s career. Hence extreme care is required. A leader must be able to think strategically and analytically and come up with various solutions that will produce the best outcome of a situation.
Communication is a key aspect of becoming a leader. A team leader communicates his or hers ideas clearly so that there is no possibility of any misunderstanding. Because lack of communication is often the most important factor in any failure of a group project. The communication should be two-way. It is not only for the leader to speak but he should listen to his subordinates as well. Open and clear communication will not only get the work done but will also make the subordinates hold their leader in high esteem.
When a leader is confident, people are automatically attracted towards him. Confidence show that the person can keep his calm in tough situations and will be able to lead his team out of it. Team members are also reassured of his authority and his abilities to guide them out of difficult situations. However overconfidence can be an easy trap to fall into. A leader will always it.
- Leading by example:
One way to prove your commitment to the role as a leader is to show what he/she can do. When a leader himself is devoted to his principles, it will inspire his team members too to follow him. They will see him as a role model and in turn, they will be themselves be expected to follow him.
Again, caution must be exercised when showing your skills in order to not come off as an arrogant person. This will help to reinforce your authority as well as having the title.
- Source of unity:
A team leader should act as a cohesive factor between his team members. It is rare, in the professional world, that no team member has any friction with others and remains on good terms with his colleagues throughout the entirety of the team’s lifespan. Hence, it is the responsibility of the leader to make sure his team members are comfortable with each other and have a positive relationship which will also increase the productivity of the team as a whole. If in case there arises a problem, the leader must ensure that it is eliminated as soon as possible so as to not disrupt the performance of other team members.