Relationships matter; 4 attributes of great leaders
A great manager doesn't automatically make someone a great leader. A leader must go one big step above managing to understanding and leveraging the power of relationships.
"The best leaders take their expert management skills and combine them with people skills to become well rounded and highly successful," writes Forbes' Ashira Prossack. "The difference between being a good leader and a great one is in the relationships you build with your team."
She goes on to list four key components of a great leader, including:
- Coaching, not directing. A good leader helps their teammates grow and develop. "They understand when they need to nurture their teams, and when they need to push them," Prossack writes.
- Being adept. Great leaders understand that change is inevitable and can come at any time. They have the ability to rally their teams to make things happen – regardless of any changes that may come.
- Respect. Great leaders show their respect through trusting their teams.
- Being a master communicator. Everyone hears news differently. Great leaders understand how to tailor their communication style to meet the needs of their listeners.
Becoming a great leader is something that is attainable but requires practice. Take the time to learn yourself and your teams.
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About the Author
B. Dan Berger became NAFCU president and CEO on Aug. 1, 2013. He was promoted to executive vice president of government affairs in July 2009 after joining NAFCU in January 2006 as senior vice president of government affairs overseeing five divisions including legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, research/economics, regulatory compliance and political affairs/PAC.