Are you a natural born leader? Do you have what it takes to effortlessly take control? Here is a list of things natural born leaders do automatically…does it sound like you?
They Lead: Obvious…right? Leaders lead. They don’t wait for someone to ask them to take charge because without pausing to think about it, a leader does just that. So if you want to be a leader, then lead…this should go without saying but there are many missed opportunities to lead in our everyday lives. Leaders take the initiative if they see their boss needs extra help instead of waiting to be asked…they introduce themselves to a new employee and show them the ropes…heck, they will borrow some kids and teach them something. Being a good leader means being comfortable leading, so natural born leaders tend to do it whenever and wherever they can.
They Move Their Body: I’m not saying they commit to an extreme level of fitness (although many do). What’s more important is that they make a commitment that they keep. Whether it’s a game of tennis, a brief but intense workout as soon as they wake up or even a brisk walk around their office…they get their body moving every single day. It’s been proven that the endorphins from exercise increase productivity. Those endorphins also increase confidence, and confidence is a massive part of being a successful, natural leader.
They Make Lists: Leaders start their morning by making a list of what they need to accomplish that day and they take pride in crossing off those tasks. Smart leaders try to get the biggest chores done first so they don’t hang over them…causing them a loss of productivity or added stress. Like Nike famously says, “Just do it“, and then cross it off. At the end of the week leaders look back on what they’ve accomplished and look for ways to improve their time management. Leaders know how to get the job done!
They Listen: Being a natural born leader doesn’t mean bossing around colleagues or bullying others into agreement all the time. Leaders listen to others opinions and then take the time to reflect on what they hear. People tend to gravitate towards leaders who they believe in and who they feel represented by. Natural born leaders are worthy of that trust and organically lead by example.
They Are Open To Evolving: Especially in today’s business world, a lot can change in a short amount of time. Natural born leaders always take the time to stay informed and are open to new ways of doing things. They learn from past mistakes and have the courage to make fresh ones. Often our most innovative leaders try several ways before finding their path. Leaders aren’t afraid to be original and they always ask questions. They never stop learning!
They Enjoy Life: Being a great leader doesn’t mean having to be all work, all the time. While natural born leaders tend to remain focused with “their eye on the prize,” they are also able to enjoy life outside of the workplace too. They know taking a time out to watch a movie, meet a loved one for a meal or go on a vacation is necessary for success, and will show others that they are an excellent leader who others can aspire to be like in all aspects.
They Successfully Delegate: Natural born leaders know they don’t need to do everything themselves. They are able to find the right team to contribute to their ideas and they are wonderful at encouraging those under them to do their best. They know that capitalizing on others expertise can help them achieve their own goals more rapidly. They know how to identify others strengths and how to distribute tasks accordingly. This allows them to focus on the bigger picture and make plans. A sign of a truly great leader is the success of the team underneath them.
By Jennifer Cohen
A prospective CEO’s personal characteristics are critical to success in the role, but other considerations are crucial, too—and far more often overlooked.
It may sound cliché to say that a job interview is a two-way audition, but when it comes to discerning the culture of a potential employer, it’s true.
The benefits of small-group coaching come from powerful learning interactions among leaders who aren’t on the same team but are roughly equal in experience and position, and the process can generate leadership development impacts that exceed what’s possible in one-on-one coaching.