There are certain admirable virtues which, if applied, will make you a marvelous leader. A leader who positivity influences the people around them and one that leads people to delivering outstanding results. The admirable virtues include: authenticity, integrity, kindness, compassion, confidence, patience, and humility. Some of these virtues will come more naturally to you while others will require you putting in effort on your part to develop. Whatever you do as a leader, continue to develop and maintain these admirable virtues because it will lead you to becoming a marvelous leader.
Charles R. Swindoll wisely said, “I know of nothing more valuable, when it comes to the all-important virtue of authenticity, than simply being who you are.” Authentic leaders are not afraid of being themselves. They know and accept their personality, strengths, weakness, emotions, and temperaments. Everything they say and do exemplifies authenticity. Strive to be an authentic leader who shows others their unique and genuine selves.
One of the most important virtues a leader can have is integrity. Integrity is about doing the right things no matter who is watching. Marvelous leaders know and never compromise on their beliefs, values, or convictions. They understand one bad decision or compromising on their character could cause a fatal outcome on their position or influence. Be a person with character and stay committed to your beliefs and convictions.
I’m sure you will agree with me that the best people and leaders you know are kind and friendly. You will attract the people like you, either for good or bad. When you are a kind leader you will attract kind and optimistic people around you. Being kind is about respecting and being professional with everyone you encounter, even if you don’t personally like the person. Chose to respect and show kindness to others.
The Dalai Lama said, “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” Leaders should be sympathetic and compassionate with other people. It’s about seeing and recognizing other people’s situation and/or physical or emotional state then adjusting your attitude and behavior in a way that causes them to feel supported, valued, and respected. The key is to grieve with those who grieve and celebrate with those who celebrate. You should practice leading with compassion.
Marvelous leaders exemplify an extraordinary amount of confidence. Their confidence is three-fold: they have confidence in themselves, in their people, and with the organization’s vision and purpose. Leaders start with themselves though, increasing their own confidence, because they know as their confidence increases then the outward confidence in people and other things will start to get larger and larger. Place a high importance on growing your self-esteem and confidence.
Leo Tolstoy, “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” The often most forgotten virtue of leadership is patience because, leaders are driven and action oriented. We want things now and not later. It’s difficult for most leaders to show patience. But not everything happens quickly or in our time frame. The best leaders understand that if they are patient and strategic, in time they will achieve success or accomplish an audacious goal. Stay on track and know anything worth doing takes time.
Marvelous leaders are humble. Confucius stated that, “Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.” Humility keeps a leader grounded in reality. Leaders with humility understand it’s not all about themselves but that it’s all about other people. They build strong relationships and concentrate on other people. Lead with humility and you will always have a place of influence with others.
Question: How are you developing the above 7 virtues into your life?
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