Most of us think that to acquire great leaders’ characteristics. We will need things that are out of the ordinary and that are also beyond our reach. Nothing is further from reality. Several simple roles make the distinction. These roles are the ones that, consistently maintained over time, end up leading to leadership, excellence, and mastery.
10 roles of a leader
What are those simple roles that are powerful enough to ultimately forge leaders of excellence? Great leaders are capable of doing the little things extremely well. The elements that we will see next are always present in the behavior of true leaders and are the foundation of their greatness as people.
Let’s see those 10 roles:
1. Leaders are focused on the present
They pay full attention to what they are doing in each moment or to the person they are interacting with. Unlike most who always seem to be somewhere else,” when you talk to them, leaders make you feel that you are important, that they want to listen to you and that they truly understand what you want to convey to them.
2. Leaders listen deeply
Because they are focused on what they are doing, they can remember who they spoke to and what was said. When a leader is listening, you can be sure that they are getting the full depth of the message. And that effort of attention to listening is reflected in the wisdom of the actions that you subsequently take.
3. Leaders speak, thinking what they say
They are always aware that words have a powerful influence on the listener. Rather than hiding behind shouting and an attitude of strength to mask their lack of ability, leaders base their power of conviction on choosing the right words conveyed with the right emotion.
4. Leaders are great motivators
By feeling confident in their worth, leaders can encourage others. They encourage others to get the best of themselves, take risks, get up after every stumble, improve their performance, and pursue their dreams. A good leader is always a tireless cheerleader.
5. Leaders are honest
Those who are authentic leaders must know themselves well to have the necessary strength to be congruent. Consistency is based on thinking, saying, and doing the same thing. They don’t say something in public and then do something different in private. They don’t look for easy excuses to justify their inconsistency. They just do what is honest and right.
6. Leaders are humble
Arrogance is never present in the lives of true leaders. They know that while the sensations of being arrogant may be attractive in the short term, the long-term cost is highly negative. A great leader is always tremendously humble. Humble to learn, humble to demonstrate his message by example, and humble to recognize his limitations.
7. Leaders are tenacious
Leaders are aware that when risk is taken, failure is possible. But they know well that there are no failures, only results that have not been appropriate. For them, failures are simple stages and parts of the way to achieve the desired result. They are a process to achieve greater mastery and wisdom. Despite these temporary “defeats” along the way, they always persevere.
8. Leaders are brave
They know that everyone has fears at times, but they never allow their fears and uncertainties to stop them from moving toward their goals. They know how to place themselves in those emotional states of strength in which the best that is in themselves emerges. They are always capable of growing in the face of difficulties.
9. Leaders show respect
They always know how to treat others with respect, and of course, they always expect that respect to be returned to them. Leaders will never approach a person with disrespect, and of course, they will never tolerate being treated disrespectfully. Respect for them stems from the conviction that all people are special in some way, and therefore deserve to be treated with the utmost respect.
10. Leaders are always vigilant
They know how to recognize and praise the effort of each one. They always leave their mark through a sincere compliment or a warm and effusive greeting. In that attention to others, they also strive to keep their appointments and commitments, be well organized to meet the deadlines to which they commit, and value both the time of others and their own.
These are some of the “little roles” that are the masterpieces on which great leaders develop their greatness. They are areas that can always be worked on to improve them day by day. And what is the reward for doing it? A sense of confidence, purpose and peace with yourself beyond what you can imagine.
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