5 Morale-Boosting and Profitable Leadership Traits You Probably Forgot

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I already knew some of the most useful information I’ve found so far. The problem was that I had failed to remember how important they were to my own success.

It’s also possible to be energized and enlightened by the wandering, lost and forgotten thoughts in your mind, along with phone numbers, passwords, and your anniversary.

With this in mind, here are five aspects of effective leadership that can boost morale and profits.

1. An effective leader maintains a leadership role

I was poor I mean dirt poor. I was the company’s lowest-paid salesman, but was going to school full time, so education was my main focus, and sales came second. Or maybe the fourth.

The owner of the company did everything possible to help me. One time, he even gave me a new sports jacket, although that may be because he was tired of looking at the jacket I used to wear every day to work.

One chilly winter morning, at 3 a.m., when the temperature dropped below zero, I discovered that my oil heater had stopped working. Panicked, I called him and he came to my house and rescued me. It’s like we were best friends.

Since he liked me and wanted to help, it would have been easier for him to play favorites and pay me more than I was worth. However, the favors I received were from a friend, not from company coffers.

During my job review, I asked why I didn’t get a pay raise. The answer I got came from a leader, not a friend. “That’s because your sales are too low.”

I guess you can’t argue with math.

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2. An effective leader makes difficult decisions

Most people postpone hard decisions thinking that clear answers will appear. But in many cases there is no good decision. Either way it’s 49% to 51%. You are going to be someone’s friend and another person’s enemy, no matter what you choose to do.

A true leader focuses on the consequences of that decision, not on who would be mad.

You might remember an episode of “The Office” where Jim gets Halpert to make his first decision as a manager. The company doesn’t have enough bonus money to go around. Who will get it and who will not? His confident judgment met with attacks from people who had been his best friends the day before. lesson learned.

An effective leader makes the call and deals with the consequences. Sometimes leadership is the worst thing in the room.

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3. An effective leader sets the tone

When the mood at work is negative, it affects everyone, and it’s easy to conform and echo the bad news. Nobody wants to be an oddball.

Maybe sales are down, or the forecast for the year is pessimistic, which could spoil the company’s overall outlook.

True leaders do not fall into the realm of negativity. Instead, they bring their positive mindset, their own atmosphere and optimism and deliver good news despite what seems obvious.

By doing so, they can literally change the outcome of the company.

A Harvard Business Review article titled “positive intelligence“Shaun Akor discusses the effect of anxiety at work which activates the part of the brain that perceives threats and steals resources from the prefrontal cortex, which is effective for problem-solving.

An effective leader must sometimes stand alone in replacing anxiety with anticipation. He knows that when a team is given a task and a plan of attack, they can achieve great things despite overwhelming odds.

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4. An Effective Leader Clarifies the Mission

What is a mission? This is a purpose that everyone in the company understands. It is more than a goal – it is an ideal. It is an achievement that, when reached, will transform the lives of everyone involved.

A mission is concise and easy to understand. In the military, the mission is to win the war, and when it’s done, everyone knows it.

A leader summarizes that mission in one short sentence and posts it everywhere. Everyone is aware of that mission to the extent that everything that is done can be measured by whether a particular action helps to achieve it.

Twitter got it right: “Giving everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without any barriers.”

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5. Affirms an Effective Leader

People need confirmation. Leaders often forget that their words have more impact than anyone else’s. For an employee to be recognized by a leader, being told that they are doing a great job can inspire more productivity than many other incentives combined.

Informed leaders tend to reform slowly behind closed doors and sandwich those improvements between two very strong affirmations. On the other hand, praise is done liberally and publicly.

Perhaps, when you read this, you were struck by an “aha” moment. But, most likely, you were just reminded of one aspect of leadership that you forgot.

It is easy for leaders like you to forget important aspects of leadership because you are too busy being brilliant in many areas of your life.

Do you see what I did there?

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