Leadership qualities and traits can be developed by anyone.
It is often taken for granted that leadership is about leaders who are leading followers in the organization to great heights of achievements.
What is not seen is the often vitally important leadership of followers as they complete the daily tasks they are assigned to meet organizational visions, mission and goals.
Many team members, i.e. followers, are carrying the load of leadership in their organization. As such, they exhibit leadership in their actions and behaviors that impact other team players while providing the motivation that improves everyone’s performance.
8 Leadership Qualities of Followers
They come to work happy and cheerful, never letting personal issues affect their performance. Enthusiasm is contagious, providing motivation in others.
2. Set the Example
They model – walk the talk – the values of the organization, never taking short-cuts, compromising personal or team integrity. They know the First Rule is to set the BEST example.
3. Know Their Responsibilities
They are proactive in guiding and teaching team members.
4. Exhibit Leadership PRIDE
They assume a:
Excellence in Everyone
5. Initiative Followers
Don’t wait to be told what has to be done. They seek out those requirements and complete them as part of their own performance, without completing the tasks of others in an egotistic manner.
6. Life-long Learners
Leader-Followers thirst for improvement and learning everything they need for their current job and for chances for promotion to increased positions of responsibility.
7. Emotional Awareness
They are aware of the value of establishing strong personal and working relations with everyone. They exhibit self-discipline and control in stressful situations. They understand the value of everyone in the organization, treating others with respect and compassion.
8. Seek to Serve
While they may not be aware of Servant Leadership practices and principles, followers cheerfully serve the needs of the organization and of those with whom they work. They will assist others when necessary, they will put others first, and they will recognize teammates when that affirmation is due.
Leadership Qualities Are Not Exclusive to Leaders
Followers today seek inclusion in organizational leadership by exhibiting strong and impressive leadership qualities that positively impacts others in the organization.
To my way of thinking, leaders exist at every level in every organization, exhibiting several, if not all, of the leadership qualities identified above. Organizational leaders need to be aware of not only the accomplishments of their followers, but also to their daily work ethics and habits as they provide leadership to others at their level on the team.
Are there leader-followers in your organization?
Are you aware of the performance and contributions that they are making?
What Are Important Leadership Qualities of Followers?
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