What is the one defining factor that people look for in a leader that can’t be learned? No amount of training, executive development programs or experience can teach a person to be honest and it’s a trait that is at the heart of every successful leader.
But what did I mean by my original statement about honesty & leadership? It’s true that committed managers, can learn about new techniques, gain new business insights and even improve their skills through self-study programs but true leadership is something more than just being proficient with a variety of basic skills. True leadership comes when people believe in the leader’s vision, direction and guidance.
True leadership involves acting ethically, being committed to both the organizational needs and the needs of the people and finally, creating a vision worth striving for. Everyone wants their leaders to be trustworthy and this characteristic is found in every successful leader!
Leaders also seek out new tasks and take responsibility for their actions. They are always searching for new ways to improve themselves and their organizations. Leaders know what they want to achieve, they set high goals, act courageously and by doing so, stir up enthusiasm in the workforce moving everyone forward toward their vision!