Tuesday, March 22, 2011

eLearning CE: Activity 3 - Christabel Chan (3)

There are many traits that a leader would have, but these are a few. 
To be a good leader means that you can inspire others to follow your example, willingly and cheerfully. A good leader will both inspire confidence and give a strong example of what we should aim for.
These are the characteristics/traits of a good leader:

1. Lead by example. If you wish your workforce to be hard working and diligent, it is important that you live up to your own ideals. There is a saying "I would never ask anybody to do something I wouldn't do myself". If your workforce see you arriving late and being unprofessional, it will make it much more difficult for them to follow your advice.

2. Humility. To lead we need to encourage others to act in a certain way. However, if we try to lead through our inflated ego people will not respect us. Rather than stressing your self, try to lead through stressing certain principles. People will be much more willing to follow a leader who embodies humility.

3. Imaginative. Make timely and appropriate changes in your thinking, plans and methods. shoe creativity by thinking of better goals, ideas and solutions to problems. Be innovative.

4. Forward-looking. Set goals and have a vision of the future. The vision must be owned throughout the organisation. Effective leaders envision what they want and how to get it. They habitually pick out priorities stemming from their basic values.

5. Fair-minded. Show fair treatment to all people. Prejudice is the enemy of justice, Display empathy by being sensitive to the feelings, values, interests and well-being of others. 

6. Listener. A good leader should try to feel part of his team rather than superior, if you listen to others, they will definitely appreciate it. Often you may find that your workers have good ideas that you can incorporate. Even if they have unworkable ideas, it is still worth giving the impression you value their opinions, even if they are not used.

7. Competent. Base your actions on reason and moral principles. Do not make decisions based on childlike emotional desires and feelings.

8. Don't take yourself too seriously. There is no harm in admitting you can be wrong, or making a joke at your own expense. People will appreciate a leader who can admit a mistake; it is after all a human quality. But, just don't make a habit of it.

9. Honesty. Display sincerity, integrity and candor in all your actions. Deceptive behavior will not inspire trust. 

10. Courageous. Have the perseverance to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Display a confident calmness when under stress.

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Qualities-of-a-Good-Leader&id=438880 and http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/leadchr.html

Taking the some of the above characteristics in view, a leader could actually manage crisis under stressful situations. 

Firstly, he had to be competent and base his/her actions on reason and moral principles. He/her should be courageous and also have to listen to others, be honest and probably everything actually just comes in handy.  

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