If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – JohnQuincyAdams
Amazing quote from John Quincy Jones as it sets the bedrock for the next few paragraphs and without taking much of your time, allow me but-press my point using the words of Brigette Hyacinth, “Managers are forgotten but true leaders live on in the hearts and minds of followers. Fantastic!
According to her, she lost one of her managers a couple of years ago and she can’t seem to forget him or the legacy he left behind. “He was one of my earliest examples of true leadership. I often refer to him as “The Memorable Leader.”, she said.
Apparently, she had a family emergency and before she could finish explaining to him the situation. He said, “And you are still standing here talking to me? Why aren’t you out the door yet? I’ll cover for you.” She smiled then went to her desk, took her belongings and left. Thereafter, he had her full commitment.
Wonder why?? Simple! He had great qualities of memorable leaders. One of which was Integrity. By the way, allow me to quickly add that Integrity and Authenticity go hand in hand. Joseph was honest with employees even though this trait was sometimes unpopular with top management. He often took the slack for his team. If leadership is not authentic, then what is it?
Another great quality he had as a great leader was Humility. True leaders always aim to serve rather than be served. Being humble makes you more approachable to your followers and allows you to create an environment of open communication and more effective feedback… And then comes empathy!
Empathy plays a critical role in one’s ability to be a successful leader. It sharpens your “people acumen” and allows leaders to develop and maintain relationships with those they lead. Leaders that possess this trait always make time for people. They possess high emotional intelligence (EI).
Now, let’s talk about his CommunicationSkills. Great leaders are able to communicate their vision in such a way that motivates their team. They are great communicators; quick to listen and slow to speak. According to BrigetteHyacinth, they never heard of upcoming changes via the grapevine. Joseph always kept them in the loop. He had his amazing way of carrying them along and that INSPIRES them to be all they can be even when least motivated due to personal or workplace related issues that may arise in the course of carrying out their daily task, and that leads us to the final quality that he had as a memorable leader; Inspiration.
Joseph didn’t need a title to get them to complete tasks. He had their full support. Words such as “Good work team,” “You are the best”, “I trust your judgement” were at the top of his dictionary. Team spirit was high during his reign.
“Sometimes I can still picture Joseph walking through the office, greeting staff on mornings, and might even give me a little nod or pat on the back. Those were the special moments I still hold dear.” – Brigette Hyacinth
As I close, it doesn’t take much to create those special moments with your team. Good bosses are few and far in between, but if and when you get one, really appreciate them. Thank you