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Characteristics of Effective Leadership

Do you have the Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Leadership?

Have you ever thought about how extraordinary leaders take charge of extraordinary situations? Whether it is a challenge at work or a pandemic that transforms the world, we all need leaders to show us the way forward. Effective leadership is all about having a futuristic vision so that one can turn ideas into real-world success.

When it comes to the corporate world, successful leaders are the powerhouse and the intellect behind the companies they work for. They know how to steer the brand around the probable pitfalls, can seize every opportunity, and motivate employees to work hard and smart towards the company’s objectives and goals.

Effective leaders usually don the title of boss, manager, or president as they have mastered the perfect combination of charisma, confidence, self-assurance, enthusiasm, and a little luck and right timing.

Although you may think that leaders are gifted, in reality, almost all leadership traits can be learned and polished with time and experience. We bring you the top 10 characteristics of leadership that you can start building during your management post-graduation:

1. Willing to Learn, Unlearn and Relearn

The possibilities of the 21st century are endless and thus, as a manager or as a student, you should never stop learning!

2. Inspiring Everyone Around You

The best leaders are those that transform the team around them by inspiring greatness. Be positive, confident, and inspirational!

3. Being Responsible and Accountable

The most successful leaders are those who can use their power and authority correctly without overwhelming their team. Be productive, efficient and smart with your decisions and learn to be fully accountable for your actions.

4. Setting Clear Goals

This is something you can start doing from today itself – have clear goals (short term and long term) and be persistent in achieving them. It’s one of the most enviable qualities in leaders.

5. Managing Complexity

If you can lead in a complex environment, you will be an irreplaceable asset to your organization. Don’t wait for situations to get tough, you should be able to predict change and respond smartly before time.

6. Promoting Teamwork

Rather than doing all group assignments yourself, can you delegate them to your group members so that everyone contributes? If yes, you can surely manage a team and learn to get work done from them.

7. Fostering Innovation

In today’s times, we all need leaders and thinkers who can break through the clutter with creative and innovative ideas. Can you risk experimentation and explore a more creative approach through brainstorming and idea generation?

8. Communicating Effectively

The top leaders of the world know when to talk and when to listen. You should be able to communicate on every level and be clear and concise with your words. These skills can be developed thoroughly during your PGDM.

9. Acting Strategically

You should be open to adjusting your strategies and adapting to new environments. For instance, the pandemic led to a lot of changes in the corporate world. If you can keep your team motivated to work from home and make them more productive, you can be a trusted and respected leader.

10. Spreading Positive Energy

The world surely needs more proactive and positive leaders who can develop authentic relationships and manage the well-being of those around them.

Ready to learn more about effective leadership? IIMS Pune offers a 2-year full-time program for management students so that they are ready to take on the corporate world and excel with the right leadership skill-sets.

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