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Your role as leader

As head of the company, what's expected of you?

What makes an effective leader? While there is still debate about whether a leader is born or made, many of a good leader’s skills are developed and honed over time.

A leader’s role is always to ensure his or her team achieves the task in hand, but an effective leader will also ensure they meet more subtle requirements:

  • Strong focus on the goals in hand. A strong goal orientation is one of the key skills expected of effective leaders.

  • Integrity. Team members are motivated by a leader who has clear, rigid values and principles about their work and people, which they stick to during their day-to-day activity.

  • Good engagement with others. A good leader will make time to influence, give feedback to, actively listen to, an mentor his or her team while ensuring their positive attitudes. This is a particularly valuable skill in times of adversity or pressure.

  • Looking at the bigger picture. Effective leaders can see further than the immediate problem or situation, putting issues into perspective and context. This is often accompanied by a developed capacity to generate a far greater range of potential solutions.

  • Resourcefulness. Leaders should be able to find a way to come up with new solutions to problems. It is also essential to be able to generate energy and inspiration to spark new ideas and answers.

  • Organisational clout. Leaders must influence and mange upwards as well as the team involved.

  • Effective communications. Good leaders put thought into how, with whom, and when information is discussed.

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