Berger Leadership Blog

Jul 07, 2017

4 behaviors of the most respected leaders

Talking with AC attendees
Talking with NAFCU Annual Conference attendees. (Joseph Esser photography)

When defining what makes a great and respected leader, there is a lot involved - from open communication and a high level of emotional intelligence, to how a leader conducts and carries him- or herself.

Marcel Schwantes, principal and founder of Leadership From the Core, says that in his 15 years spent developing leaders, he's found that the most respected leaders do one thing very well: "shine the spotlight on their people."

In a recent post, he lists four prevalent leadership behaviors seen in such leaders:

1. They respect others. When people at all levels within your organization are respected and are challenged to perform at their very best, collaboration will increase and silos will be broken.

2. They listen more and talk less. Leaders who are smart and respected know where they stand and are more interested in what others are thinking.

3. They get feedback about their leadership. A respected leader wants to know how processes and programs are working - what's working and what's not.

4. They build trust that leads to business outcomes. Great leaders develop a pillar of trust in their organizations through accountability, transparency, expectations and listening.

If all leaders embodied these four behaviors on a daily basis, imagine the engagement and satisfaction levels of their teams -“ they would soar, as would the organization and those it serves.

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