What Does it Take to Be a Successful Leader?

Ask anyone about the best boss they’ve ever had along with the worst and you are such to stir up numerous memories.  For the most part, we have all had bosses that encouraged, inspired and motivated… along with another possessing the opposite characteristics that resulted in more of a ego-crushing, dread-going-to-work type feelings.

Leaders do not just control their business during the good times; they are expected to know how to spring into action during times of difficulty as well.  Without consideration for the personalities one leads, those in charge can quickly cause loyal staff members to begin searching for an exit strategy.

In times of stable, agreeableness, leaders find themselves contemplating how to maintain such high engagement levels.  There are a few ways to approach those more mild mannered times, and the correct plan of action may vary significantly between organization and employee groupings.  Overall, the three options you have as a leader are as follows…

  • Plan and Assess for Change: Take note of what you think could be done to improve upon current procedures and policies.  Work with staff members to better understand what each individual contributes to the organization and where possible “tweaks” may be needed to operate in a more efficient nature.  Take the time you have, when tension and instability is low, and work to determine what makes your organization tick and assess when to move forward with necessary changes.
  • Charge Ahead and Make Waves:  When engagement from employees is strong, consider making change and getting motivated employees to buy into your plan for improvement.  Approach the staff with a strategic plan and let others know how this course will affect their futures in a positive manner.  Why stay stagnant when you could bring about innovation and continue to push forward?
  • Keep It Simple and Stay the Course:  For some, when issues are little to non-existent, there is really no need to change and upset the environment.  Work to maintain the positive feelings around the office by focusing increased attention on a person-to-person connection with staff members in an attempt to further engage employees and create a higher sense of worth within the organization.


Again, keep in mind; organizations all possess their own unique culture and personality.  What works in one practice, may not necessarily allow for success in another.  As a leader, one must know the ins and outs of their staff and the personalities that comprise them.  Having a plan, no matter how much action it entails, is the key to maintaining control over staff members and keeping engagement and satisfaction at the necessary levels.

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