Being a leader is more than just sitting behind a desk and looking pretty – it’s about keeping your team on track and motivated, giving them the conditions they need to work effectively, and about making the tough decisions. While I think that most people have the potential to be a great leader, it is a skill that must be learned.
I came across this great list of leadership qualities on forbes.com and wanted to share a portion of it with you:
Sense of Humor
If your website crashes, you lose that major client, or your funding dries up, guiding your team through the process without panicking is as challenging as it is important. Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s your job as the team leader to instill a positive energy. That’s where your sense of humor will finally pay off. Encourage your team to laugh at the mistakes instead of crying. If you are constantly learning to find the humor in the struggles, your work environment will become a happy and healthy space, where your employees look forward to working in, rather than dreading it. Make it a point to crack jokes with your team and encourage personal discussions of weekend plans and trips. It’s these short breaks from the task at hand that help keep productivity levels high and morale even higher.
I couldn’t agree more.
Here is the link to the full article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyaprive/2012/12/19/top-10-qualities-that-make-a-great-leader/