We look for a good leader to lead us into achieving our goals; to lead us into prosperity and greatness. Whenever failures happen in a country or organization we oftentimes attribute it to poor leadership.
What are the qualities of a good leader? A good leader is
John Maxwell says, The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership. Most leaders are not successful on this because it takes a lot of hard work and patience.
People are the most important assets of an organization and developing them demands our time, attention and commitment.
Resilient. The ability to bounce back when the problems arise. Doug Dickerson says that a resilient leader learns from every experience and never gives up in the face of adversity.
Organized. The ability to organize time, paper and people so that potential productivity can be translated into a coherent program.
Stephanie Winston, in her book, the Organized Executive says, Organizing is, quite simply, a learned skill – a set of methods and tools with which to arrange your time and workload to meet your goals.
Understanding. In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey says, The more deeply you understand other people, the more you will appreciate them, the more reverent you will feel about them…When we really, deeply understand each other, we open the door to creative solutions and third alternatives. Our differences are no longer stumbling blocks to communications and progress. Instead, they become the stepping stones to synergy.
Disciplined. The willingness to do what is required regardless of personal mood. Self-discipline is the foundation of good relationship because without self-discipline you will be rude, insensitive and unfair to other people.
Mike Tyson, an American boxer, says, Without discipline, no matter how good you are, you are nothing!
In short, a good leader is P-R-O-U-D. If you have these qualities as a leader, you will be loved and respected by your people.