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Qualities that make a Reputable Leader

If you’re in a leadership position, then building your competence and reputation might require a set of skills and qualities that you haven’t used for most of your professional life. Some people might naturally take to a leadership role; others might require a little bit of self-reflection and self-improvement to make the transition.

It’s worth taking stock of the qualities that make for a good leader. So, what are those qualities?

Openness to new ideas

If you’re going to thrive in a leadership position, then you’re going to need to be able to take the opportunity to explore new ways of doing things. This will allow you to react to changes in working practices, and to make your workplace more competitive when it comes to drawing in new recruits and retaining old ones.

To take an obvious example, the Covid-19 pandemic gave rise to a revolution in remote working. Workplaces which were able to adapt to this new way of doing things put themselves at an advantage. This advantage may persist even now that the pandemic has drawn to a close. Effective management often means recognising that there is no single correct way of doing things – and that any strategy that works should be implemented.

Self-assessment

Good managers are able to take a step back and reflect on the quality of their own performance. Often, this means being receptive to criticism and feedback from those working beneath you. This is one of the reasons that ‘open door’ policies are so useful. Of course, a good leader will be able to take advise, and heed it or ignore it as they see fit.

Strong Communication Skills

Being able to get a message across to your workforce is critical. Ideally, you should do this in a way that’s clear, compelling and persuasive. You should let them know not only what you’d like them to do, but why. 

Of course, communication can go in both directions. As we’ve already mentioned, you should also be able to listen as well as command.

Clear Head

In some cases, you might find that the workplace is disrupted by outside events. During times of crisis, you’ll want to be able to keep a clear head. You’ll not only be able to make better decisions this way, but you’ll be able to project confidence to those working with you.

This is a quality that tends to come with experience in a crisis. If you’re looking for a career in interim management, then level-headedness is particularly important. You’ll often be confronted by crises, most of the time from the moment you take a particular job. The ability to hit the ground running is therefore essential.

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