20 Leadership Traits
A leader can be profiled based on the 20 leadership traits. Understanding and profiling an individual based on these 20 traits we can better predict future behaviour and performance. Collectively we identify team dynamics and cultural fit.
Understanding Ourself As A Leader Is The First Step To Becoming A Better Leader.
The Integrity and Values Profile is the result of extensive research into leadership and integrity in Australia. It takes the guesswork out of the decision making process, and provides leaders with unique insights enabling them to further support and grow their people.
The Integrity and Values Profiling System provides results in six key areas, broken down further into 20 leadership traits. These are:
1 – TRUTHFULNESS
It is essential for leaders to operate in a circle of openness and honesty, and this extends to both personal and professional levels. Great leadership inspires people to keep their integrity, that they must not be afraid to tell the truth or tolerate others who violate it.
2 – RESPONSIBILITY
Thinking about power blinds many about their responsibility to the people they lead. Leadership is about responsibility, not power. A leader must identify with his role most when things go wrong. Responsibility means taking ownership even if the outcomes are anything but desirable.
3 – ACCOUNTABILITY
Leaders inspire accountability by first being accountable themselves. They must be clear with the expectations they have of people, and aware of what is happening in the organisation. Leaders must be able to deal with issues as they arise.
4 – LOYALTY
Loyalty requires a leader to put his personal needs or goals on the side, so he can do what is required of him. Being on top does not equate to freedom in doing whatever one desires, or what will be good for his career.
5 – SELF-AWARENESS
Good leaders are introspective. They take time to reflect on and understand themselves – their own values, feelings, beliefs and behaviour, which causes them to be aware of their impacts on others.
6 – IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT
Leaders must understand the importance of being seen in a favourable light – not by empty popularity, but by doing the right thing with others.
7 – VISION
A leader has to have a vision. Great ones are able to see possibilities and identify opportunities but don’t stop there. Great leaders turn ideas into action.
8 – ASSERTIVENESS
Assertiveness done right has great impact on leadership. Leaders are to express their opinions confidently, irrespective of relationship. They are to stand up for self even in difficult situations. Good leaders know the power of a No, when it is most necessary.
9 – PERSONAL HAPPINESS
Leadership means leading a life influence, and a successful one starts with contentment. When an individual is happy with his current life circumstance, he can look at the future without fear that hinders.
10 – SELF-BELIEF
Leaders need the sort of self-belief that gives them confidence in their own skills and abilities, and expectation of success in most situations.
11 – ABILITY TO TALK
Good leaders enjoy talking with people. They are articulate and have no problem expressing their opinion.
12 – ABILITY TO LISTEN
Employees esteem bosses who choose to give patient and thoughtful attention to what is being presented to them. There is nothing more attractive to a member than a leader who listens.
13 – APPRECIATION
Appreciation is a potent source of motivation for people. A leader is able to inspire by acknowledging others’ contribution, and by constantly offering positive and critical feedback.
14 – EMPATHY
Empathy is an enviable trait. One who chooses to see the world through others’ eyes is able to provide support and build a sense of trust. Leaders must understand differing perspectives and needs, and work at being socially sensitive, tactful and perceptive.
15 – NETWORKING
Networking is a requirement in today’s competitive environment. Those who wish to thrive, not just survive, in the arena for the fittest must be bold enough to start something – relationships, deals – and not wait for opportunities to come to them.
16 – RESULT ORIENTATION
Leaders must be winners at heart. They should have clear goals, and are always geared towards achieving them.
17 – ORGANISATION
It is imperative for any leader to stay organised. There must always be a schedule and structured approach to projects and plans. Effective leaders always know where things are.
18 – TASK FOCUS
Task-focused leaders get things done. Leaders are able to immerse themselves in work and maintain their focus.
19 – ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Sweat the small stuff. Leaders must be conscious to details, and be thorough, precise and accurate in their work.
20 – RELIABILITY
Reliable leaders keep the promises they make. They go beyond simply being individuals on top. They are punctual and do whatever it takes to meet deadlines and expectations.
Integrity and Values is a world leading provider of leadership profiling, leadership coaching and leadership development programs. Delivering a diverse range of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and sporting professionals an essential helping hand in realising and achieving their vision and goals. Headquartered in Sydney Australia Integrity and Values serves customers world wide.