Good leaders possess a clear directive, work efficiently and know no time constraints when it comes to delivering. Do all good leaders have the caliber to become exceptional leaders? The answer is “NO”. There are people who take charge of a bad situation themselves and perform exceptionally well. This is what is expected from the good leader ” When the going gets tough, the tough get going”.
1) Approach: Exceptional leaders have a very authentic and different approach to a bad situation. They build trust within the team to the extent where bad situation never occurs. Preventive actions are always more efficient than corrective actions. A leader is a person who is always seen as an exception. How to transform yourself from a manager to an exceptional leader?
2) Team First: Leaders can positively change the entire environment when they respect and care for the team members that the leader has brought forward. This will result in a highly motivated team. An exceptional leader is humble irrespective of his experience, talent and looks. If one want to excel, this approach is always fruitful. The characteristic of exceptional leaders is to keep the team continually and positively motivated.
3) Bigger Visualization: An exceptional leader will always prioritize his vision and will focus on the big picture. The Leader should not get distracted by short and daily challenges in operations. Leaders are active listeners and don’t have all the answers. Leaders seek information and help team members answer questions themselves. Leaders always give people real life successful experience, and they ask questions which in result challenges the team to further learn and grow. This will be a morale booster and keep the team motivated.
4) Continual Development: How an exceptional leader ensures effective output? Improvement comes with optimizing the performance. Continual improvement comes with achieving positive results, sustaining them, and targeting future increased goals. Leaders accept that they are not the smartest one in the team, rather they should let their members take the lead. If you have planned a picnic with your family and relatives and it fell apart due to any reason, then you as a leader is a failure. If you as a leader let others take charge of planned activities. It will result in a greater positive outcome for all the team members.
5) Leaders Mindset: Attitude is the major contributor in developing an individual as a leader. You can judge a person by the way he accepts or reacts to feedback. Leaders can lose trust and loyalty from their team when a leader tells other people about his team members negative feedback. When leader publicly praises or appreciate a member, it increases overall team morale. Any negative feedback should be given in private to team members. By using this process of giving feedback, the team will become more effective in their operations.
6) Perfectionism in Leadership: If you are too much into perfectionism and want to show how perfect you are, it will display your insecurities. Leaders should never be afraid to fail. A leader who says that he or she has never failed is most probably not a good leader. Every great leader has failed one time or another, but it is what they learn from these failures that make them a great leader.
One can add much more to this inventory list of converting leaders to exceptional leaders, but these are the common distinctive factors from my previous experiences with people. The great exceptional leader is one who is real, and relate well with his team as well as others personally and professionally.
Article by Pal Makkar