4 Characteristics Every Leader Should Have

By: Rachel Gluck, Vice President

College is a time for students to explore, grow and hone in on skills to help them establish themselves in their career. Throughout networking and various conferences that I’ve attended, many professionals mention leadership as a crucial skill to have in the communications industry. Below are four characteristics of a successful leader.

Be a Delegator
“Focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses.”

As a leader, it is important to know when to assign different tasks to other co-workers, colleagues, or employees. A leader cannot take on every responsibility and therefore must know when it is okay to give up control. Delegating is not a weakness; in fact, it shows strength by demonstrating trust in the people around you.

Show Commitment
“Monkey see, monkey do.”

If you want people to respect you and take you seriously, then you must set an example. People follow what their leaders do. If a CEO or boss shows up late every day, comes unprepared to meetings, or sits on Facebook throughout the day, it’s very likely that others will end up doing the same. When a leader is committed to setting an example, others will not only take them seriously, but strive to be a leader as well.

Keep an Open Mind
“If you don’t go through life with an open mind, you will find a lot of closed doors.”

As a leader, it is important for others to feel comfortable bringing new ideas to the table. Having an open mind to new opinions and perspectives allows leaders to grow and develop while allowing others to do the same.

Be Nice
“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

To be a successful leader is not just necessarily about the work you produce, but it also encompasses the type of personality you have. Co-workers and employees will respect a leader more who is nice, approachable and inspiring. Being nice allows for the flow of new ideas, creativity and overall, a better work environment.

Image credit: transformingtheworkplace.org

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