What comes to mind when you think of an effective leader?
- Strong communication skills
- Adapts to his/her audience
- Positive attitude
- Develops vision and goals
- Calm and composed
The list could go on and on. This can soon become overwhelming! How can you focus on all of these skills in every situation and still uphold all the skills of an effective leader? We as leaders try to take on too much. In a recent Gallup poll, they asked individuals what they thought are the keys to being a more effective leader. Three main points arose:
1. The most effective leaders are always investing in strengths.
Too often we focus on the negative in situations. I challenge you to start the school year focusing on the strengths of your chapter. This will be a good starting point for the semester and give the chapter positive encouragement, which can lead to improvements in other areas.
2. The most effective leaders surround themselves with the right people and then maximize their team.
According to the research, the best leaders are not well-rounded, the best teams are. Utilize your executive council and committees to achieve the chapter’s goals. Not one individual can pull the weight of the entire chapter.
3. The most effective leaders understand their followers’ needs.
Get to know chapter members and the chapter as a whole. I then encourage you to adapt your style to their needs.
Try and focus on these three main traits of an effective leader this semester – see what improvements you can make to yourself and the chapter. The 2013-2014 LC team will also be utilizing these traits and other strengths-based leadership skills we learned throughout training this summer. We are excited to start working with you this year!