Healthy leadership behaviors can promote careers, leave positive lasting impressions, and create successful businesses. Being a good leader requires courage and walking the path of morality and integrity. Excellent leaders understand they can only be successful by learning from and helping others. Practicing servant leadership focuses on the common good. It teaches how to lead others and never stop learning from them. Legacy-making, career-advancing, and successful business outcomes are the result.
Trust is critical to effective leadership, and behaviors should be identified, assessed, and enhanced. Leadership teams and workers connect daily in organizations with strong employee engagement by modeling and exhibiting trusted behaviors like establishing transparency, recognizing reality, and setting expectations.
Autocracy and micromanagement are the exact opposite of what should occur to foster high trust and unleash risk-taking and creativity. Good leaders release control and share their power to express creativity and confidence. You get the best version of a team by liberating people to offer ideas and work to their strengths.
The ability to listen well gives co-workers and subordinates the flexibility to participate in the discourse. A leader who uses their arrogance about knowing it all to cover their uneasiness is inappropriate for the position. Intelligent and empathetic leaders know how much they already know and actively seek new information via listening. Excellent leaders are humble, self-assured, and aware of their own opinions. They listen carefully to what others believe. Strong leaders will ask plenty of probing questions about how things are done, what aspects people enjoy, and suggestions for change.
A leader will only have a few followers if they reject opposing viewpoints. Successful leaders build a following by emphasizing humility and being at ease with admitting when they are wrong or lack all the answers. Figuring out a solution should always be more important than being right. It’s human nature to want a group to agree with your suggestions or opinions. On the other hand, open discourse breeds creativity, respect, and trust. Leaders who own their mistakes understand the value of retracting their statements when they are shown to be incorrect. The best perk of graciousness and humility is a low turnover rate and increased employee morale.
Integrity has been defined as doing the right thing, even when nobody is watching. Stay true to your character and principles, even when your actions may have adverse effects. Influential leaders make decisions that are consistent with who they are. They are truth-oriented, operate honestly, welcome change, decry wrongdoing, and produce actual results.