By Arif Pyarali, Senior Consultant & Trainer – Learning Minds
As a corporate trainer in organizational development industry, I help manage change in organization, revive service culture and interact with people throughout the organization from trainees to HR managers to CEO’s. In my experience so far I have encountered some great leaders who have inspired many.
Following are a few characteristics of successful leaders.
1. They Make Decisions
One thing they are good at is making decisions.Whether the decision is right or wrong is another debate but the thing to observe is that making decisions comes like second nature to them and they stand by it.
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.” – Tony Robbins
2. They Forgive
One thing about great leaders is that they give room for trial and error. Leaders forgive employees for making mistakes but on the condition that they make new mistakes every time and don’t repeat the same ones over and over again.
“If you make mistakes that certifies you are a human, if you repeat it twice that takes backs your certificate” – Sohail Zindani – CEO, Learning Minds
3. They are Change Agents
As hard as you try to resist change you eventually have to accept it in order to grow, sustain, strive and become honest with yourself and the work you are delegated with.
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” – George Bernard Shaw
4. Continuous Growth
Before they hop on to any new venture and execute it, they take long hard hours to strategize. They look for different sources and channels to implement their plans. The good thing about leaders is that once the venture has taken off they won’t forget about it but will seek for continuous feedback and improvements until they achieve the result they have aimed for. This leads to continuous growth of the organization.
“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” – Michael Porter
5. They reprimand when necessary but never criticize
They appreciate employees when they are performing well at work but if they are at fault they reprimand them and re align them with their and company goals and values but they never criticize.
“Make mistakes, but make sure they are new.” Sohail Zindani, CEO Learning Minds
6. They Make People Win
You will never know the worth of a great leader until they have left your life for good, great leaders delegate, they make people grow and they make it happen!
“When the work of great leaders are done, people say they did it ourselves.” – Ken Blanchard
7. They keep on learning
Whatever the age of the leader they are never old for learning,they always welcome new ideas, new strategies and new plans to work on.They learn from their colleagues, subordinates and environment.
“The illiterate of the 21 century will not be those who cannot read & write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn & relearn.” – Alvin Toffler.