The key to becoming an exceptional leader is to develop the right mindset and possess emotional intelligence. All leaders make mistakes from time to time, even those considered exceptional. So the very first step towards developing excellent leadership is to recognize that you are not an exception. Here are a few qualities that make up great leaders
They Have a High EQ
Emotional intelligence, commonly called emotional quotient (EQ), is the ability to identify and comprehend your own and others' emotions.
EQ is important because 70 percent of adult behaviour is driven by emotional reasons – not logic or reason. If you want to become an exceptional leader, you need to learn how to be effective at managing your own emotions and those of others.
They Have High Self-Confidence
They don't doubt their ability or authority; they know they can do it. They also don't doubt their decisions or allow themselves to be swayed by others' opinions. They trust themselves to do what's best for the team, even if it is not always popular.
They Are Effective Communicators
Great leaders can communicate their ideas and plans so that other people understand them easily and get on board with them quickly. If a leader doesn't communicate well, he won't be able to lead effectively; he'll waste his time explaining things repeatedly without getting anywhere with his goals or plans.
They Acquire Relationship Management Skills
Relationships are at the core of what a leader does. As a leader, you have to build an emotional connection with your employees and other stakeholders. You have to be able to manage your own emotions and understand how they affect others.
They Bring Motivation to the Team
People want to work hard for someone who inspires them; they want to do their best because they know this person believes in them enough to push them forward toward success as individuals and as part of the team itself.
They Have Empathy
Empathy is a critical component of leadership and defines how you relate to others. It's about putting yourself in another person's shoes and understanding their perspective. Developing empathy takes time and effort, but it's well worth it. You need to be able to read your colleague's body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice to determine whether they're happy or unhappy with something you've said or done.
Becoming a great leader is one of the best things you can do if you're looking to improve your career and feel more fulfilled, no matter what industry you're in. It's important to understand both your weaknesses and strengths. What you need is a plan of attack to focus on the things that will most improve your leadership skills.
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