Organizational behavior is the set of behavioral patterns that govern the corporate environment holistically. The action of employees within an organization plays a huge role in mediating conflicts and overcoming communication gaps. Every organization has prescribed ethical principles for organizational behavior.
Those sets of patterns and ethics help the employees to revolve around the imposed regulations and orders. Without these moral impositions in the domain of morality and disposition, the organization is destined to have significant setbacks and destruction. Thus, the debate on organizational behavior has an important place in the sphere of rules and regulations.
How attitudes and behavioral dispositions govern the organization?
The ethical-moral conduct is eventually displayed in the communication. The behavioral dispositions are imposed and articulated by the boss or chief executive officer of the organization. If the boss is unpredictable, moody, and aggressive, then the organization’s emotional climate remains quite chaotic. Eventually, organizational behavior is governed and articulated by the boss to the employees.
Organizational behavior frames and regulates the expression of feelings, ideas, and exchanging information with each other. Thus, without implementing behavioral ethics in the organization, the organization is destined to stay inflexible and ineffective toward expressing and originating innovative ideas.
Why is organizational behavior necessary?
Organizational behavior is essential for operating the business successfully. The brand legacy is created by imposing the right environment within the organization. The exchange of ideas and innovative information becomes possible with the adoption of moral organizational behavior. Following are some of the impacts and reasons that make it crucial to outline and create organizational behavior:
The employees’ productivity will eventually increase with the right soothing environment because of good organizational behavior. The employees will become passionate and dedicated to the tasks they are given when organizational behavior is implemented.
Boosting employees’ satisfaction :
The employees will feel content and satisfied with organizational behavior. The environment will not bother any of the employees. A harsh and rude environment articulated by the boss shadows the impact on the employee’s satisfaction level. Thus, a warm environment created through principled organizational behavior boosts the satisfaction level of the employees.
Increase the motivation within the organization:
The employees’ motivation level is directly proportional to the increase in the peaceful imposition of organizational behavior. A friendly and interactive environment increases the motivation level of the employees.
The employees will feel dedicated to the work tasks and goals of the organization zealously.
Chances of better decision-making:
The decision-making process gets more comfortable with the right interactive environment created through organizational behavior models. The employees work in groups and provide the best possible solutions to problems. Staff and employees will become solution-oriented in the organization. Thus, the hard and tedious phases involved in the decision-making process become more comfortable eventually.
Right leadership in the organization:
The employees eventually adopt leadership qualities in the organization. Organizational behavior in the internal environment helps improve and polish the top attributes of the employees. Simultaneously, organizations that lack moral organizational behavior fail to inculcate leadership qualities in the staff. No organization can negate the worth of leadership skills.
Types of organizational behavior models:
This model of organizational behavior was operated before the industrial revolution. This type of model is based upon employees’ obedience and subjugation to the boss of the organization. The employees strictly follow the order and command of the boss. This type of model lacks the possibilities of exchange and expression of innovative ideas.
This type of organizational behavior model stresses providing incentives, bonuses, and benefits to the employees in monetary rewards. Those rewards are meant to attain the loyalty and dedication of the employees to the organization.
This type of organizational behavior model tries to teach values to support the employees in attaining their goals. The managers are obligated to direct and assist the employees in their goals and objectives in the best way. This model assumes that the employee is self-dedicated and self-motivated. And thus, the manager’s job is to assist and support employees in their goals and ambitions.
This type of organizational behavior model emphasizes teamwork in the form of groups. This type of model assumes that an employee’s satisfaction requires social understanding with other employees. For this reason, partnerships and groups are formed when working. The centralized authority is eliminated to establish teamwork and foster cooperation in the organization.
This type of organizational behavior model allows the employee to provide meaning and dedication to their work. The organization demands a higher level of commitment and meaningful input from the employees to attain its goals. This is a new model that tries to nurture the utmost mindfulness of each employee.
Crucial factors that play their part in organizational behavior:
The following are the factors that play a massive role in successfully adopting and selecting the type of organizational behavior model in the organization.
The co-workers’ and employees’ attitudes and personalities have to be gauged before selecting a model.
The type of ambiance, lighting, equipment display, etc., play a demanding role in choosing the organizational behavior model.
The hierarchical structure must be evaluated before opting for the model, i.e., the centralized or decentralized network.
The type of technologies and access to information play a crucial role when choosing a model.
The work mechanism and system have to be evaluated too.
In short, organizational behavior is a broad subject that covers a massive range of topics. The organization has to evaluate the employees’ temperaments and personalities before relying upon any of the models. However, the enforcement of transparent, ethical conduct has an outstanding reputation.
In life, there are times and seasons. There are variations in weather conditions and nature changes with it. There are variations in when some plants produce their fruits. These have been designed by nature and cannot be changed. Change is a constant thing that is bound to happen. Failing to change makes everything look difficult. The fear of change is often referred to as METATHESIOPHOBIA. This is the fear of change or the fear of changes happening around a person. Charles Darwin said “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most adaptable to change.” In life, there are no sure things, i.e., there are no guarantees or certainties. The only constant thing is CHANGE.
When we have fear of change, moving forward becomes difficult. The person is on the verge of being left behind, because that person will be living in the past. Change in life is sometimes scary because the outcome is unknown. So, we tend to avoid change until life itself forces us to change. This is not our fault because it’s the way the brain has been wired. The brain tends to favor a known and negative or averagely good outcome over an uncertain future. In most cases, where to start from is the question most people ask themselves. Although we reject uncertainties as outcomes, the truth is that we have the skill and ability to effect this change. When the fear of change grips our hearts, it takes away all the strength that we have, the ambitions, the goals, our visions, and then we lose purpose.
Fear exists but it is not real. Fear is an imaginary scenario created in our minds based on the stories we have read or heard, millions of thoughts flowing through our minds, and negative advice that was given to us. It makes us feel like our life and world is out of control. Change might be less painful if it’s prepared for. This means that once we are prepared for a change in our life, it will be easy to proceed differently and adapt, but when life forces us to make changes, it leaves us with the feeling that we lost something. Human nature likes routine and resists change. There are so many factors that could cause a man’s inability to accept change, and they include past experiences, traumatic events, lack of sustainable resources, etc.
Reasons why we have fear of change.
Fear of failure:
The fear of failure is one of the key reasons we reject the change. Failure is normal and it is part of life. In making changes, the outcome is unknown, and this can bring up the thought of what if this thing fails. The reason why some people don’t take a risk or do anything that is outside their routine is the fear of failure. I have heard people say they can’t go into relationships because the lover could cheat on them and they do not know how they would handle such disappointment. Also, for some people, the fear of leaving their current lover or job to start all over again is keeping them in their current bad situation.
Fear of new things the change might come with:
This is also one of the reasons why we fear change. The change will come with new things, and we cannot turn away or back down from the change. For instance, if the change is to travel from one country to another, there are new things that will come with this. In the new country, you are not known (i.e., no or few relatives except your immediate family members), new cultural beliefs, a new way of life, new food, new weather, new government policies, and so on. You must be willing to adapt to these changes.
Lack of sustainable resources: This affects the people who live from hand to mouth. Not having sustainable resources can bring fear of change in their hearts which can make them feel they would lose the little they have if they bend to changes. Also, the lack of resources might affect planning. It is possible that the changes we are making are risk-taking changes, and we might want to plan for the worst, or at least have a backup plan if the change falls through.
HOW TO OVERCOME THE FEAR OF CHANGE
Be bold and take chances: One of the things that fear does is that it holds us back from taking chances. To overcome this, you must be bold enough to face the fears and take the chances you have. Once you are bold enough to face your fears and you are ready to take bold steps, fear begins to fade away. The questions that some people keep asking themselves in moments of change (example: How can I start all over again? Where do I start from?) all become answered once they take a bold step. Visions become clearer once we refuse to be held back by fear of the unknown.
Get rid of anxiety and negative thoughts:
Anxiety and negative thoughts are the roots of fear. If you discover that you need medical help, do not hesitate to visit the appropriate resources. Get rid of things that might be associated with negative thoughts around you.
Celebrate and accept who you are: Celebrating yourself releases a new flow of hope in you. It helps you to see beyond the present and be focused on the future. Fear of change is not a mental illness or a sign of weakness. It has to do with us accepting change as part of what life brings. Learn to celebrate victories and success no matter how small they are. It encourages you to want to do more. Always remember that nobody is perfect and that you are not the only one passing through such challenges. Someone close to me always makes an analogy in which we all are brought to a round.
table meeting and we are allowed to discuss what problems and situations we are passing through; we would be stunned and leave happy after the meeting. This is because no matter how hard your situation might be, when you hear about others, you will be shocked.
Be ready for the worst: This is sometimes hard to do to for the worst to come. But what will you do when the worst comes? Will you allow it to overcome you or you will come out strong? Life is not a bed of roses; it comes with challenges and the unexpected can happen. There is a popular saying that states “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail”. You must be ready for the worst-case scenario in any situation. We are in a world filled with disappointment and the best way to deal with that is to prepare for it.
Don’t try to please others: Us trying to please others or trying to attain a level of acceptance from people can increase our chances of failing, which when this happens consistently, will lead to breakdown and failure to advance. Don’t fake happiness, because those you are trying to please are living their own life and they are enjoying it. Don’t be forced to crying in silence when you can still say no. Avoid living to please others.
Be Positive: I was, at a point, guilty of this, I always thought what if my dreams don’t come through? What if things don’t fall in place? What if my greatest fear becomes reality? I later realized that life isn’t fair to any man. Thomas Edison, the renowned great scientist who discovered the electric bulb, tried 1000 times without success. Someone asked him to give up, but he answered “I have not failed; I have only discovered one thousand ways of how not to do it”. There are several areas of life where people get knocked down. Some in their marital life, some in business, and some get knocked down by friends and relatives they trust. Failures can come but your role is to plan to minimize the effect of failure.
Be a winner: Do you know that winners are potential losers who didn’t give up while failures are a potential winner who stopped along the way. Some made mistakes once and then refused to try again. That is the beginning of failure because, in the real sense, there is no failure in trying. Trying is better than not making any progress at all. Winners are always resolute. No matter how wounded and beaten a wrestler is in the ring, once he is still able to stand on his feet, the fight continues.
ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM THE FEAR OF CHANGE?
Deep breaths often, caused by anxiety
Incessantly lost in thoughts while doing something
Inability to think straight
Not seeing positive outcomes in issues
Sweating and trembling
Thoughts of failure and suicide
To become successful in life, you must be ready for change. Keep rising each time you fail.
“There is always a thin line of difference between ordinary and extraordinary things,” said my mum to me. In life, we are fond of doing things the ordinary way, and the people who made it to the top are people whose extra effort into their ordinary activities paid off. It is not necessarily important to follow instructions blindly or to follow the path someone else made but to do and work on things that work for you. Why do we try so hard to bend to pressure when we can choose to be different? Recently, I said to myself that anything or activity that the public opinion supports is questionable. The multitudes are surface thinkers. The best of us men are deep thinkers, and that is why the rich will continue to get rich while the poor will continue in their poverty. Joining the multitude doesn’t give you a voice of your own. It is like treading the path of others. rather than finding what the right path is. This involves not only having charisma, boldness, and doggedness. The core energy is zeal.
At times, we tend to think, talk, react, or do things like everyone else. We tend to follow trends. This is not our fault, because we are expected to be doing that as human beings. This even includes the way our parents brought us up; they raised us for themselves. They make us conform to their values and ideas. Whatever happens outside the family setting doesn’t concern them, but you must carry their ideas around because they feel that is the only, and the best, way they could raise us. You can hear this in those instances when the father would scream, “I am still the head and the father in this house. You follow my rules”. They are not intentionally doing badly; they are aiming for the best. We always feel that if a certain amount of people are doing or involved in something, that makes it good, but little do we know that the idea starts from someone and then conviction begins with the rest. We cannot maximize our full ideas and potential if we choose to follow. We need to stand out.
WHY MUST WE STAND OUTFOR BE THE CHANGE
Great people are not part of the crowd. The crowd consists of anybody, but the people that stand out get the opportunity to be known for their values and ideas. To lead, you cannot be a part of the crowd. Being in the crowd suppresses your ability and your instinct to lead. To lead, you need to stand out from the crowd to be the change.
The crowd is full of mediocre. Have you gone to a low living environment before or interviewed average people before? You will be shocked at the way some people still reason in this century. The crowd is full of such people, and they are always ready to sell their ideas to the other average persons.
The crowd can only shout. They don’t make things happen. There is a popular saying that states “Great people make things happen, average people let things happen, but the crowd says, “What happened””. To be among the great people in life, people that will be relevant, you must stand out and stand clear of the multitude.
Staying with the multitude kills your potential. To achieve your potential and actualize your dreams, you must stay clear of the multitude. The more you relate to their reasonings, the harder it becomes for you to make an impact. When a high intellectual person mingles with the crowd, his ideas are irrelevant, and they tend to bring him down to their level. The multitude is many. To overpower them with your ideas becomes extremely hard when you still stay among them. You need to stand out.
Your uniqueness is in danger. You have the experience, skills, ideas, dreams, and goals. These things will dry up when you join the multitude. How do you show to the world that you are unique and different from them if you do not stand out?
You can liberate others. A certain percentage in the group of the mediocre might also see the light when you stand out. It will help you push your dreams and maximize your potential.
HOW TO STAND OUT?
Take a stand. A person that has no values or beliefs will fall for anything. That makes him a part of the crowd. Before you can claim to stand out, you must be known for your stands. You can’t claim to stand out when you switch beliefs or opinions. One of the best ways to feel confident and accomplished is to take a stand. Some people lose their values and sense of dignity in the face of struggle, crisis, selfish behaviors, and fights for power. Some leaders in the past have sold out their followers because of the aforementioned reasons. How then do you take a stand? This can only happen when you identify yourself, your core values, and your ideas. You must have a good awareness of who you are as an individual. This will give you a sense of accountability to yourself if you are not achieving your goals or you are letting down yourself. This starts by identifying what your strengths and weaknesses are, your dominant skills and abilities, and the helpful resources that you have around you.
Confidence in what your core values and ideas are makes you stand out. You cannot claim to take a stand if you cannot defend its values. Irrespective of what the multitude thinks about your ideas, be confident enough to defend and stand by them. This shows the seriousness of your belief because we as humans find it difficult to accept new truths. You cannot convince people when you are not confident. It makes you look like an unserious person. When you are not afraid of opposition from the government, religion, ethnic, or cultural pressures, it makes you automatically stand out from the crowd.
Coupled with confidence, passion will take you a long way. If you are passionate about what you do, what you believe in, and what values you add to people’s lives, this will be the driving force behind your success. One of the best ways to make a strong impression and statement is to independently let your views and opinions be known to people. You must be ready to back this up with strong facts and figures because without this, it is hard to convince people that you are not challenging your selfish sentiment.
Be calm always and have listening ears.
To identify people’s interests, views, and opinions, you must be ready to listen. The listening ones among us are few. That is why it is the few that are making an impact. You must be calm and ready to listen to other people’s views. You cannot expect someone whose ideas and opinions you don’t want to hear to listen to you. You can learn from them and then orient them from their angle of reasoning. You can easily define a person when you listen to them. To stand out, you must be ready to listen to others. If you want to stand out, you must not be hasty in making decisions. You need to think it through. You must be calm.
Lead and Mentor people.
Mentoring people is a perfect way of transferring your ideas and values. When you stand out, there will be some people whose ideas and values are the same as yours. To build a strong brand, you need to train and mentor those people with the desire to learn from you. By doing that, you are beginning to transfer your ideas to people and those people will transfer them to other people too, and that is how you continue to grow.
Be Lively and Help Others.
A candle doesn’t lose anything by lighting up other candles. To stand out, you must be ready to show others that you are human like them. You are ready to help and are not against them. Be lively. Don’t always appear too serious and unapproachable. Many people think to stand out means to alienate themselves from others which is not so. You are not physically different from others. It’s just the stream of ideas flowing in our heads that are different. Standing out doesn’t remove your sense of humor. Make others laugh or get involved in some random talks like music, sports, fashion, etc.
Is anybody perfect? No. Publicly showcasing your failures and struggles creates a connection between you the others ready to follow. Let them know that you are human, and you can make mistakes or even struggle in some of your endeavors, but the endpoint is a success. You cannot fake it for life. Sharing your life adventures with people you find in your work and ways in life is an effective way of building. They can learn from your story. Being real is very important if you are going to stand out.
Note that standing out can only pay off if it is done well. Have great values, ideas, and a helping spirit. Do not be discouraged if you are not valued now. Keep doing the right thing.
how can I change my life and be happy? How we define happiness differs from each other, or let’s say, the satisfactory feeling in our individual lives brings happiness. Have you seen the wealthiest people complain of lack of peace of mind or them facing lots of challenges in their lives even with all the money they have? Someone might be rich and at the same time not happy, and someone else might not have half of what this rich person has and still live happily. The only thing that is constant in life is change. There are many things that can cause a change in a man’s life.
HOW CAN I CHANGE MY LIFE AND BE HAPPY?
FACTORS THAT CAN CAUSE CHANGE
Crisis: We are all emotional beings and can be affected by a crisis. A crisis is an unstable situation, a time of unfavorable and unusual incidents which is sometimes unpleasant and traumatic. This might lead to a change of course in the behavioral traits and habits of the person or people involved. A person who just suffered from a fatal heartbreak from a lover will not see the importance of staying loyal to a future lover, or someone whose business turned upside down might not see the reason to start all over again. Depression might set in during those moments of crisis and might cause a temporary or permanent change to their course in life. HOW CAN I CHANGE MY LIFE AND BE HAPPY?
Bad Decision Making:
We do things for reasons. It’s either for personal gain, someone’s (people’s) satisfaction, or to escape downtimes. A bad decision made in life may lead to changes in one’s reasoning and the way they view things. Bad decisions, at times, lead to regrets and unforgiveness. Sacrificing for someone else and the person later backstabbing you will reduce or eliminate trust.
Society has a way of changing who we are to believing what they want. Society is full of hypocrites that judge based on their sentiments and judge things that they have no idea about as bad. One of the things that makes people suffer in silence is the fear of them being accepted by society. One who fears what society would say will not be able to operate at his full potential.
Cultural and Religious Beliefs:
What is the real religion? So many questions have been asked about what is the real religion or should we just take up a religion based on geographical location or based on the truth? We have seen people switch from one religion to the other, seeking peace and answers to questions in their hearts. Religious beliefs tend to change us from who we are and lead us to believe in laid down rules and principles. Who made these rules and principles? So many unanswered questions.
Exposition to Hidden Truths: Growing up, we learn some ideologies about life. These depends on location, religion, and cultural beliefs. Some of these truths become confusing and misleading when some hidden truths begin to surface. This might cause changes.
To change means that you have seen a better way to live happily. Change is a constant thing; adapting to the changes happening around us makes our living easier. We are all surrounded by elements of change and we cannot avoid it. The more we run away from change, the harder our living becomes. The effect of change cannot be underestimated, and this is what makes our living enjoyable. There was a time when there were no mobile phones and writing letters and faxing was the prominent means of communication, and then there came the era of social media and smart gadgets.
HOW CAN I CHANGE MY LIFE AND BE HAPPY?
Find Meaning and Purpose in your Life: A meaningless life is a useless life. You cannot appreciate a meaningless life. Before you can change and live happily, you must first appreciate what you have. Some people have ended up taking their lives because they don’t find any meaning in it, so they say to themselves, “Why am I still living”. When you appreciate your life, you will find meaning in it, and then you will want to become better. A life of purpose is a life in which one doesn’t give up no matter what he might be going through. Try and figure out what is important in your life. What gives you happiness? Why is your life important to others? This gives you direction and purpose. It
doesn’t seem easy, especially for people who have gone through a lot of down times, but to live a good life, you must find meaning and know the worth of your existence.
Draw Out Your Visions in Life: As kids, we all had the dream of becoming someone great and important. I remember myself and my siblings singing we wanted to become medical doctors, lawyers, pilots, and so on. But as we grew older, these dreams began to fade away due to our ineffectiveness, bad decision making, and exposure. Only a few become what they decided they want to become. Some people’s lives are tied to their parent’s decisions. To become happy, you have to draw out your visions and things you want to accomplish. This will guide you in decision making and will also encourage you to do better in areas where you are lacking. After drawing it out, paste it where you can see it every day. This will act as a daily reminder for you not to lose focus and keep you believing in your dreams.
Let Go of the Past: The past is a bad tool if you live in the past. It keeps reminding you of what happened and reduces your zeal to forge ahead. It brings regret and also fills up the mind with bad memories of past occurrences. It makes a person feel busier than he is and makes them miss out on the good of their current world. Such people find it difficult to talk to people. They prefer to be alone. Let go of the past. It is not possible to change the past. You still have the present and the future to enjoy. The past is behind us (we don’t have control over it). Why not just let it go? There is hope in your present and future life.
Step Out of Your Comfort Zone: The comfort zone creates satisfaction of what you have and experience currently when you could have more. The comfort zone doesn’t help to improve lives. It rather makes you settle for less. Stepping out of your comfort zone means challenging yourself to do better in your life, career, and family. What are those things you are scared to do? Write them out and try doing them.
Develop a Thick Skin to Disappointments: To stand strong and unmovable in life, developing a thick skin to disappointment will surely help. Don’t expect too much from people. Reducing your expectations from people will reduce the effects of their disappointments. Know that, with or without them, you can do a lot better. This gives a better sense of self-dependence and confidence.
Explore Happiness: We are in a modern age where you can easily search for things on search engines. Make use of the medium to look for things that can make you happy. Technology is one of the ways by which you can connect to the world even in your closet and feel happy. What are those things you want to be doing when you are less busy or during your leisure time that will bring you happiness? Find out. I am not a game freak, but I play games a lot. This gives me happiness even when I am not happy. I can
easily connect with friends all around the world to play online video games. It might be you traveling to see some exciting places or hanging out to relax and make new friends.
Stay Away from Bad Influences: The people that make the biggest impact in one’s life are the people that are close to us. They influence about 60% of what happens in our lives. Some friends and pals do not see anything good in you. They discourage you and create a bad atmosphere around you. These are not the set of people that you need. Change might involve cutting away from bad friends and associates who are a bad influence on you.
Be Yourself: Living your life to please someone else will only frustrate you and make living very hard. This is because you are living to satisfy their happiness instead of making yourself happy and fulfilled. A fulfilled life is a happy life, and this can only be done if you are not living to please other people.
There are essential decisions for you to make in life, and part of it is choosing to be happy irrespective of what you are passing through. Part of this is changing and adapting to situations around you. With a positive attitude and the right mindset, you have all it takes to live a happy life. Starting all over again is one of the greatest setbacks to changes because of the fear of the unknown. Choose the things that motivate you.
We will be discussing some qualities and attributes that contribute to becoming a great leader. We hope that you can relate to them and learn some new ones!
Following are 15 Leadership Qualities That Will Make You a Great Leader
A leader should delegate work to everyone in his team in a way that seems justified. A leader must make sure that the team members do not think that he/she is just taking work off their back and assigning it to others. The main task should not be to free yourself up, but to facilitate teamwork in a healthy environment to lead to better outcomes and sound decision-making. You should make sure that you receive direct reports and know where your team lacks, so you can help make improvements. Moreover, you must make sure that you do not promote a culture of favoritism while delegating work because that will lead to an unhealthy work environment!
Empathy comes from within a person; you cannot learn to empathize. If you are the kind of person who cares about other people and their problems, this quality will contribute to becoming a good leader. However, you should know showing too much empathy can lead to problems. If your teammates know that you have a soft heart, there may be people who take you for granted and even use you at times. So, you must be careful, maintain boundaries, and sympathize with your teammates when they need help with something. You’ll gain their trust, and they will work with more enthusiasm because they would never want to let you down.
When you’re leading a team, many people are dependent on you to solve their problems, and you cannot let them down. So, you must stand up for them from time to time, and that requires courage. Yes, it is hard standing up to your seniors, but when you’re leading a team, you must show them that you have what it takes to stand for your team. If you are not courageous enough to fight for your team’s rights, you will lose their confidence, and they will stop believing in you.
You might have excess power when you’re a leader, which allows you to make people do what you want them to do, but remember, with great power comes great responsibility! Your first responsibility towards your team members is to respect them. You might be in a place where they cannot do anything if you disrespect them, but ask yourself will they appreciate you if you’re unable to do that yourself? Respecting others will increase their effectiveness, create trust, and help in resolving conflict.
Having power over people does not mean you should bully them. You can have a thankful attitude towards them. Being grateful can make you a better leader because your team will respect you more. Saying ‘thank you’ to a team member after they complete a task or their work will create a positive workplace environment. The team members will be willing to work harder because they are receiving appreciation from their boss. This sense of appreciation is significant for workers. So, to be a good leader, you should learn to practice gratitude in the workplace.
One of the essential characteristics you must have as a leader is influence. What is the point of being a leader when nobody listens to you? You should influence people to make them work according to your plan. It is best if you have the power to convince people through logical and emotional reasons. Influence can affect your team negatively if used to manipulate people into doing things you want them to do. Concerning means, you will convince them to do what is right for them and the team.
Passion for Learning
Yes, you are the leader and probably the most learned person in your group, but does that mean you have learned it all? No. You can never be in a place where you have learned everything. Even when you’re at the top, you should hunger for knowledge and learning, and you should understand that there is no harm in learning from people who are working at a lower level than you. Your passion for learning will take you places, and you will see that with time!
Your team might be the best among all the teams, reaching goals before deadlines, having a right front, etc. In the long run, your team might struggle if they are not coming up with innovative ideas. So, along with focusing on the present, you should also focus on the future and look for creative ideas to help your team and your organization. Innovation needs to be your priority as it is required to keep pace in the competitive marketplace. Leaders need to create an environment where teammates feel comfortable sharing ideas and innovations. You and your team must learn to fill the gaps and develop new skills from time to time.
Strategic Goal Setting
Not only is it essential to reach goals, but it is also necessary to achieve goals in time. For that, a leader must set strategic deadlines for the team to deliver on time. Good communication is critical when it comes to goal setting. You should communicate the importance of reaching goals from time to time, so your team takes the task seriously and performs well.
It is essential that your teammates can confide in you. You should not have an image that says you only give orders and do not listen. You must learn to show real interest in other people’s lives. You will see that they will be drawn to you, trust you, respect you, and at the end of the day, listen to what you have to say with more commitment. However, if you do not show any interest in their lives, they will eventually shut you down, feel self-conscious, and not have a good relationship with you.
A good leader is one who has a vision not only for the organization but also for his team. Yes, your main goal should be to take the organization to places, but you should also have a team vision. The success of your team should be equally important. Every person wants to have a successful career and knowing that their profession is in the hands of someone who cares is a good sign for you as a leader!
You must have a positive mindset, especially in challenging situations, because if you lose your head in such cases, your team will too, and that will not end up well for anyone. It helps to have a strong leader in situations where everyone is under pressure to motivate the team to do well.
Leaders should be confident about their skills, competencies, and especially their leadership qualities. You should have a sense of self-esteem and self-assurance and believe that you can make a difference. Self-confidence is significant for the leaders because it gives them the strength to take risks and be role models for their team.
A team leader who is not accountable for the team’s decisions he/she made does not respect his team or his bosses. Blaming the group in front of the bosses, even if it is the team’s fault, creates a bad impression of you. You must protect your team in all circumstances. Owning up to your mistakes will only make you responsible in the future. Good leaders ask for help when needed and give excellent and constructive feedback to their teams.
Leading a team is not easy, especially when you have people on board with diverse backgrounds. They may have conflicts among them, and you cannot take sides as a leader. However, you also should be supportive of them in a way that nobody feels left out. This can be one of the most challenging tasks you might have to face as a leader. Supportive leadership builds trust and encourages the team to have good and healthy communication among them.