More essential characteristics of truly effective business leaders:
All successful business leaders have high aspirations – they may not start life with them, but they evolve as they experience the world and see needs that they feel they can fulfil.
They may not know how or why; they may not even be certain that they can, but they know they are worthy of their attention, so they keep the dream, the vision, the aspirations alive, and focus their attention on them.
These leaders don’t think small, they think big – but that doesn’t mean they don’t recognise the need for and plan to do the little things, (the things others don’t see as important enough to stick at), and do them consistently and do them well.
Consistent, focused effort will help take them there, but it’s their high aspirations, their worthy ideals, and the things they’re prepared to give their life’s work to that provides the starting point, the focus, and the motivation.
Aptitude for People
Being a people person is a prerequisite to being a successful business leader. Leaders who like people, are genuinely interested in individuals and teams and find it easy to build relationships with people at all levels and in all situations, will always shine.
They are the ones people are drawn to, that they will talk to; the ones they will follow because they feel respected as individuals and enthusiastic about where you’re leading them.
How you feel about and around people shows, in your conversations and in your actions; people pick up on this and respond accordingly. If your belief and self-esteem are high, then you’re likely to have a greater belief in the potential of everyone, which can be a great motivator for teams and individuals.
Review and Evaluation
The most successful business leaders build in review and evaluation up front i.e. they actively plan to check how things are going both during and after any project, change, or development.
They determine how they’re going to measure success: the evidence or changes that must occur. They also determine base line information i.e. they establish figures and evidence of what’s happening before the start, so that evaluation will be valid.
Milestones or progress reviews/meetings are planned so that checks can be made against plans, and corrective action taken in a timely manner. This ensures that review is a continuous process that feeds into and informs evaluation and planning.
These leaders know that collecting both qualitative and quantitative information at predetermined points after the event, as well as during, will ensure real evaluation.
Successful business leaders not only do this for themselves and their work, but also do this with their people, and encourage their people to do for themselves.