Nowadays, leadership skills are a great asset and many recruitment managers prefer hiring individuals who possess leadership skills. However, you should not confuse leadership with the ability to "command". Dean Akers knows all about this. He is a public speaker and an author who founded Adjunct CEO, an organization that offers training to CEOs on how to become better, more effective leaders. Many CEOs blur the lines between a boss and a leader, but Dean is trying to change that.
These are some of the qualities most valued in a leader:
How does a good leader inspire his or her team? Through communication! This communication, moreover, is not unidirectional. A leader must be committed to hearing new ideas, criticisms or comments. In the same way, you must be able to clearly communicate your vision and that of the organization to which you belong.
An influential leader does not need to use his authority to act on his team. The good leader influences through inspiration, his charisma, his values and his innate qualities, making his followers want to follow him, instead of feeling that they "should" do it.
3. Emotional intelligence
Emotional intelligence is a key factor and is related to the needs of the team, understand the emotions of its members (as well as their strengths, limitations and potential) and channel them in favor of the project and the organization.
4. Strategic thinking
Any good leader has his eyes set on the future, which allows him or her to anticipate future challenges that arise in the organization. Their task is to satisfy current demands by ensuring a good future position, establishing goals and achievable objectives.
5. Knowledge and experience
Perhaps one of the most obvious qualities, but no less important. A leader must know more than anyone his field and the challenges he will face in the daily development of his tasks and those of his team. You must know how to overcome obstacles, provide solutions when necessary and guide your team to obtain those solutions.
The leader who inspires confidence is the one who demonstrates consistency in his actions, acting with ethics, respect, and integrity. Trust in each member of your team, as well as in yourself, is key and necessary to create a productive environment in the workplace.
7. Commitment and passion
An effective leader must know how to transmit the commitment with the organization and the project, being an example for all team members. A committed leader is one who inspires and spreads his enthusiasm and passion by making his subordinates feel empowered and equally responsible for the outcomes.
Dean has worked with many leaders in the past and has seen firsthand the major difference on a team when an inspiring leader comes to the fore. He was appointed on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and is the former Chair of the CEO Council of Tampa Bay.