Leaders need vision, energy, authority, and a natural strategic ability. But those traits won’t help you inspire your employees to be their best and commit to you as a leader.
Here are the four qualities you need to capture the hearts, minds, and spirits of your people:
- Humanness. Nobody wants to work with a perfect leader. Build collaboration and solidarity by revealing your weaknesses.
- Intuition. To be most effective, you need to know what’s going on without others spelling it out for you. Collect unspoken data from body language and the looks people share across rooms to help you intuit the underlying messages.
- Tough empathy. Care deeply about your employees, but accept nothing less than their very best.
- Uniqueness. Demonstrate that you are a singular leader by showing your unique qualities to those around you.
Harvard Business Review. (2011). Management tips. Harvard Business Press.