Let us start by defining what is Leadership? Leadership is all about connecting with people. Simple as it sounds, to figure and master it is an incredibly complex task. India in its current shape is facing a serious shortage of resources, skilled manpower, foreign exchange, schools, healthcare facilities, etc. Everyone talks about these shortages, however one shortage that is generally ignored and looked over is the shortage of Leadership which is prima facie responsible for all these shortages. Here are four traits of Great Leadership which help a Leader to connect with people.
Respecting Emotions:- Mere listening to a person and not understanding his or her emotions is reading only half the story. Showing responsive behavior to the exhibited emotion is what is needed. Great Leaders are the ones who are proactive in responding correctly to the displayed emotions.
Doers- A Great Leader is a great doer. In this highly competitive era, it is time that we dispense away from the old age adage that a person is either a doer or a leader. Every person has the intrinsic desire to be a Leader and unfortunately following this old age adage is a massive spoiler. Imagine a Company with 50 personnel and each practising the adage.
No favoritism- Exhibiting favoritism is being disrespectful of people. It is detrimental and counterproductive to a happy work environment. People tend to feel undervalued and can not see the correlation between hard work and success. In an organizational context when a unit depends upon a handful of heroes, the remaining employees can begin to feel that they are disposable.
Cultivating Optimism-Nowhere an optimistic attitude is more important than in Leadership. “I know you will do a better job next time” is a magic statement coming from the Leader which can work wonders for an employee. Optimism is a product of social interaction and experience. A good leader makes a conscious effort to cultivate and nurture such interactions at the workplace.