Business Consulting 101 - Traits of a true leader
Your subordinates look to you for leadership and your mood reflects on their morale: be it positive or negative. Success or failure in contingencies depend on how they are approached.
Set a clear direction
Unless you direct your team in the right direction seldom do they reach the right destination. Understand what and where you need to be and communicate them appropriately.
Create a work plan
Plan well and work optimally. While no plan should be set in stone and should be adapted as situations call for, it is universally understood that "one who fails to plan has ultimately planned to fail"
Secure sufficient resources
Just words and directives won't suffice but ensure you supply your team with the necessary resources to achieve their tasks be it time, money, tools or training.
Hear more than you say
Listen more and lecture less
Do not hold meetings without agendas
If you do not have clear cut agendas for meetings, do not hold one. Plan and communicate meeting agendas nefore setting up meetings and stick to them religiously. Meetings held just for the sake of holding meetings lose their credibility and with it the leader's
Do not criticize in public
Follow this religiously and avoid resentment
Praise in public
Follow this religiously and improve the morale to perform better
Do not ask a subordinate to do something that you wouldn't do yourself
Be it big or small, think before you delegate. Would you do it yourself if you could or are you just trying to pass the buck
Do not micromanage
Delegate authority to your subordinates according to their job profile and encourage them to accept ownership of their decisions. If you insist upon making every final decision, the progress of the organization will grind to a halt: even worse, making you the bottleneck. If you cannot delegate you have no business calling yourself a leader.
Give your team the credit
Make sure you give credit to your team when you succeed and try not to pass the buck to them when things do not go as planned. This in itself is a great trait of a true leader