Whether you are the top boss, or the person climbing the ladder, leaders that make a difference stand tall. When you are self aware you possess qualities that give you the "It" factor. So what qualities make up the "It" factor? Ask yourself if you have "it" or do your leaders at work have it?
Curious. When you are curious, you ask questions. You challenge others ideas but with an open, inquiring mind. Being curious is not about having an ego but a desire to understand and have interest in different points of view. A curious mind is inquisitive and one that constantly wants to learn.
Connect. People that connect, are genuine and know how to relate to others. They are not afraid to get personal and share stories. When you share your story, you build the bridge to credibility and likeability.
Champion. You rally behind the troops. You know how to give credit to others and are fine with not always being the one with the answers. You are fair and empower others to be great.
Focus. When you have focus you are mindful of your own actions and aware of others. You understand the task at hand and are confident and clear in your direction.
Feedback. You know communication is the key to all good organizations and it requires a two way street. You encourage feedback to enrich the conversation and find new ways to innovate and change for the better.
Have their back. You stand by your colleagues and teams. It is not a "me" culture but it is about "we". You are positive and respectful of others. Your collegues know they are safe and work in a learning environment.
Self Aware. When you are self aware you are emotionally intelligent. You first understand what makes you click. Your strengths, limitations and feelings. You know how to manage your emotions, so you lead by example. Understanding the feelings, motivating and inspiring your colleagues comes naturally.
Regardless of your title, a leader and one that others follow is authentic and leads with focus and intent. You know how to tap into your inner strengths to shine outwardly. Your mission is to build other leaders.
Do you recognize these qualities in yourself? If so, congratulations! You have what it takes to be a leader others follow.
Colleen speaks, trains and consults with organizations and individuals on cultivating greater performance impact in their business and career. As a Senior Consultant with the Potential Project, the global leader in mindful leadership, she works with you to enhance focus for increased productivity. Connect with her firstname.lastname@example.org and www.colleencassel.com