What is leadership?
That might not be a question we ask ourselves very often. Most people have some idea of what a good leader is, or at least who they see as a good leader. But when it comes to becoming the best leader you can possibly be, it pays to be a little clearer of the qualities that constitutes great leadership. The same is true for developing the leadership potential among your managers and supervisors.
When we think of the great leaders in the world right now, or indeed throughout history, many had incredible charisma, some were authoritative while others let their own actions show the way. In short, there is not one blue print that fits all great leaders. Instead, there’s a lot of different leadership styles that can be effective for leading an organisation, team or country.
Some of the qualities and character traits that define good leaders can be learned or nurtured. These include being honest, transparent, committed, empowering, empathic, a good communicator, etc. All the things that are an active choice or that can be achieved by building good habits can in principle be “learned” by all leaders.
Other qualities like being charismatic, creative, or naturally commanding authority is a matter of personality that some leaders happen to possess. But don’t worry, if those character traits don’t come natural to you, there are plenty of effective leadership styles that don’t require you to try to change your personality.
When you look for leadership training in the UK, it is important to find a coach who will help you determine your strengths as a leader. Once you know your strengths, a mentor will be able to help you find the leadership style that suits your skills and personality.
Remember, there’s no ‘perfect’ when it comes to leading a team or an organisation. If you happen to be naturally authoritative, then you can use that to become a commanding leader, one who can lead any organisation through a crisis by making the right decisions — fast and decisive.
If you are less comfortable being the decisive and commanding leader, you might very well thrive as a democratic leader. The democratic leader is one who allows his or her team to be involved in the decision making process. This allows every employee to feel included and take ownership of your organisations success, which can be highly effective during times of growth.
The reason to look for UK based leadership training is that you want to meet with a coach who can discover your strengths with you. That is much easier to do in person, which gives the coach the best foundation to help you define and hone your unique leadership skills.
If you are curious to find your ideal leadership style, contact Issac Qureshi leadership expert for a consultation about how you can become the best leader you can possibly be.