When it comes to what makes a great leader, everyone has an initial picture in their head of what makes up that type of person. The usual buzzwords bandied about are confidence, vision and drive and so on. But when it comes to leadership, you need someone who can not only maintain certain and efficient direction in the long term but also help their team to achieve their goals. 
Here are three unusual traits that balance out confidence and vision to make a great leader:

1. Introspection

To be a great leader, it’s essential to be able to look at yourself in the same unbiased way you look at the people who work for you. Believing you’re at the pinnacle of what you can achieve or what your leadership skills can offer will only lead to complacency.

Being able to look fairly at the best ways you work and assess what your stress levels are or what you can improve are qualities of a fantastic leader who can adapt to practically any situation.

2. Empathy

In some industries, the people seen as leaders are those that could also be seen as more aggressive, more ruthless and willing to do anything to get results. While in the short term, this style of leadership can be far more efficient, in the longer term this kind of strategy can get old to those who work for you.

According to Peter Economy, “Rather than making things personal when they encounter problems or assigning blame to individuals, leaders look for constructive solutions and focus on moving forward.” You don’t have to like everyone who works for you, but if you’re unable to put yourself in their shoes, then you’re not leading them as efficiently as you could be.

3. Personable

We don’t mean you have to be the ‘fun’ manager who wears the cartoon tie and makes outdated sexist jokes in the office; we all know that those kinds of ‘leaders’ don’t get that far. But learning how to have fun and enjoy being in the presence of your employees is a massive benefit to any leader. Contrary to popular belief, being more human to your team doesn’t make you weak.
Sam Eifling of ‘SUCCESS’ suggests that “finding people who can cotton to the wider workplace culture while you build with a range of personality types” is key to good leadership – in other words, being personable can improve productivity and keep your employees happy, and, therefore, more willing to work harder on their own accord.

For more guidance about developing your leadership style or recruiting retail leaders who can be great for your company, get in touch with Anthony Gregg Partnership today.

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