10 Signs You're a Good Leader
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Being a leader is much more than “being a boss.” Unfortunately, you can be a manager and not be a good leader. The qualities of leadership are all about developing your team, sharing your expertise and being a good listener who is open to ideas and feedback. If you see yourself in several of these qualities, you may be ready to move up into management or assume some type of formal leadership role.
The signs can be subtle, but they speak volumes to those around them:
1. You’re well-liked and respected by your team members. You’re already seen as someone who steps up to help out another member when needed and is responsible and professional.
2. You’re willing to look at yourself and see areas for improvement. You invest in your education and are humble about learning from others. You know you don’t have all the answers.
3. You lead when you need to. That means you lend your skills and experience for the good of the team and not for a pat on the back. You also know when to step aside and let someone lead who might be better suited to the task at hand.
4. You speak up when you notice something is wrong and stand up for what’s right, even if it’s not the popular position. You have the confidence to take a stand on important issues.
5. You don’t hog the spotlight. When the team performs exceptionally well or handles a complex situation, you give credit to the whole team and highlight those who were key to its success. You’re all about “we” and not “I.”
6. You have a positive energy that motivates people. Even when things go wrong, you find the silver lining, have a sense of humor and generate enthusiasm. It just makes everyone around you better.
7. You’re a really good listener. You are open to hearing suggestions and opinions and are happy to seek advice when you need it. You’re not defensive about feedback or mistakes.
8. You forge strong relationships on your team and get to know them as individuals. You know each of their strengths and preferences and can see where each of them excels. When you have the chance to delegate, you know how to take advantage of the team’s strengths.
9. You’re always accountable. When there’s a mistake, you take responsibility. You don’t see them as failures, but realize they’re learning opportunities and there’s no place for blame.
10. You love to coach and train others and are often asked for your advice. You’re a relationship-builder and inspire others to give their best.