SITE Qualities for Advisors In Action
Leading means having a vision and sharing it with others. When you get to inspire others, it’s possible to share a common goal to direct the efforts and dedication of the entire team.
The leader knows how to motivate better than anyone else—it is one of their main functions as people managers. Through motivation, the leader channels the energy and professional potential of their coworkers, to achieve the objectives.
The leader is at the service of the team, and not the other way around. Group members must have and feel the support of their leader, the tools needed to do their jobs properly must be available to them, they must have recognition for their efforts, and know that there is a person paying attention to correct bad habits. That is all part of a leadership which serves the team, and not the opposite.
One of the basic qualities of any leader seeking success is emotional intelligence, the ability— often innate—that makes leaders put themselves in the place of others, understand their concerns and solve problems. Advisors know the secrets of their businesses and therefore can empathize with customers and members of their teams—that empathy gets to inspire and establish links that will ultimately lead to success.
The definition of leadership also must include initiative and a proactive approach. Good leaders can create an environment that will encourage all the members to problem solve and accomplish tasks before they are due. The also seek to help others without being asked so that they can contribute to the common project and vision of the company. If you want to lead successfully, respect the initiative of others.
6. LEADING FROM WITHIN
A good leader sets the bar high for their people, because they want to reach goals and make the best of their teams both personally and professionally. A leader must know how to listen, to know the needs of the people, and then provide the necessary time and resources for them to do their job properly, and therefore meet what is demanded of them.
The leader must be at the forefront to lead and guide their team throughout the whole process until the goal is reached. But besides being that “torchbearer,” leaders also know when to step back and make their team take initiative. In this way, the team gets the chance to develop, both personally and professionally. Pure management focuses on the tasks, real leadership focuses on the people.
True leadership is about working in a team to reach a common goal. People management is one of the most difficult tasks faced by leaders. Thanks to a positive attitude—essential in good leaders— and the trust in their workmates, people get better results. Team-aware leaders take responsibility when something is wrong and reward the group after a job well done.
9. TAKING RISKS
The leader is the one responsible for taking the risks that others are not willing to take. They are confident enough to decide, and if they make a mistake, the leader must have the courage to rectify, assume their guilt and take the right path, without blaming it on the team. Good leaders know how to get ahead of their time, they see opportunities where others can’t and know how to spread the enthusiasm for their vision to try to make it real.
Seeks continuous improvement. Leaders can turn the people on their teams into stars, people who have improved and developed their skills through the influence of their leader. The definition of leadership has nothing to do with the hierarchy or position of anyone in the company—it has nothing to do with imposing views but with listening to those who know. Leadership is the attitude assumed by those looking for something different, who are committed to achieving a goal and whose conviction they manage to transmit to others through