Being a leader is not about your job title or years of experience. It’s a mentality. It’s also the way you work and carry yourself. A leader is also a coach, a decision maker and a visionary.
The way leaders behave and treat employees on their teams directly impacts company culture, employee engagement, and a company’s ability to retain and attract talent.
Our Talent Trends 2022 The Great X report found that leadership was rated the no. 4 factor that influences candidates’ decisions on where to work – after remuneration, company cultures and values, and a greater sense of purpose. It is a trait that employers often undervalue compared to employees.
Not everyone is a born leader; like any expertise, leadership skills can be learned and honed. It is essential to know that a leader’s effectiveness is also dependent on the amount of influence and support you get from people in your team.
You should never assume that people you work with would automatically follow your lead and respect your decisions just because you are in a leadership role. Your immediate supervisor already has your back because they hired you. You need to win over your peers, direct reports and the wider team members.
Whether stepping into a leadership position from an individual contributor role or looking to progress in your career, here are 11 leadership qualities, characteristics and traits you can adopt.