Great managers channelize their creative power to re-energies organizations,
Warren Bennis (one of the founders of the modern study of leadership) defined it as the capacity to translate a vision into reality. He claimed that becoming a leader depends more on fully expressing yourself and discovering the world than it does on what is trained in most business schools. While managers are well-defined by their position, leaders can emerge from any position. All they need is the readiness to change the status quo and commit to action.
Great Leaders demonstrate the following eight characteristics in their personal and professional lives:
- Visualize what you wish to realize: vision has a direct link with the creative process. Vision and creation go hand in hand. The vision belongs to the world of the mind. Creation happens in the works of matter. But there is a link between these two worlds. In fact, one cannot exist without the other. The priority of a leader is to enable target hitters to have a clear vision. Their vision channelizes this creative power of conflict towards refreshing people and re-energizing organizations.
- Evolve from motion to action: the way to tell the difference between the two is to examine whether or not we are using the full capacity of our being in our work. Our skill or competence in doing something is not total action. Leaders do not play for acquiring competence, they play to unleash capacity. When we are concerned with speed or competence, we are competing with someone else, but when we are concerned with rhythm or capacity, we are competing only with ourselves.
- Make success sustainable through values: values are an honorable reality. They are present as invisible but real energy in human organizations. Values connect. Human values are expressed through collective attitudes that determine group norms and group behaviors. Leaders understand the organizing capacity characteristic in human values. As leaders, all you can attempt is to model some values in your life. It is likely that your behaviors and action will positively impact the people around you.
- Deep work hypothesis: Deep work is the capability to focus on a chunk of a job for a continuous length of time without any distraction. A leader’s work, fortunately, is profound than what is required by a stereotypical job. Someone aspiring to be a leader will need to set aside definite time to engage in deep work. They have to clear up digital-free time and stay away from smart devices that fragment attention. This will help them not only in doing high-quality work but, also in more effective work.
- Possess high emotional intelligence: all effective leaders have one common characteristic – a high degree of emotional intelligence. They understand their emotions, know their strengths and weaknesses, and work in these areas to be able to perform well. Leaders with high emotional intelligence are more likely to stay calm under pressure, resolve conflict efficiently, and overcome challenges.
- Show empathy: great leaders are known to understand their team’s motivations and challenges and can furnace a deep personal connection with the people they work with. Understanding where people are coming from helps them enable a more human environment at work. Leaders flourish in such an environment.
- Transform, not conform: Transformation is a process of conversion of people’s hearts, minds, and the conversion begins with a conversation. If as a leader you wish to transform people, allow them space and time to grow in their self-knowledge. Leaders transform by generating new meanings for old forms.
- Take responsibility: One of the essential qualities of a leader is a sense of responsibility. They exhibit this trait in their individual work and also in their interactions with team members. Passionate leaders can take on a fair share of work when needed, support their team through deadlines, and help the members meet individual and shared goals.