Through my various leadership involvement at Adelphi University (Phi Sigma Kappa, Student Government Association, Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, etc.) I believe these are the five most important leadership qualities that, if used correctly, could change a good leader into a GREAT leader!
1. Listening/Inclusiveness: One of my business professors told my class a quote that I will never forget- "The best listeners are the best leaders.” It isn't about hearing an individual; it is about listening, processing what they said, and taking everyone's opinion into consideration before formulating a final decision.
2. Optimism: Leaders face challenges… tough challenges, all the time. It is the leader's responsibility to always stay optimistic (not only publicly, but mentally as well). A leader can address these challenges without spreading any of the "doom and gloom.”
3. Self-Awareness: Make sure you know YOURSELF before leading an organization or committee. Know your strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, work ethic, time management and your limitations!
4. Ability to Motivate: Leaders shouldn't have to tell people what they HAVE to do. Leaders should motivate people to WANT to help you. One of the biggest ways that has worked for me is my own desire to want to help others. When people sense that you want to help them, they want to help you out. Keep in mind that people are motivated by different things, so it will always help you to understand those individual differences.
5. Staying Genuine: You need to be clear about your personal values as well as the values of the organization. Make sure you are consistent in applying them to the decisions that you will be making. That is only the first step; you MUST have the courage to hold them true by not losing sight of reality at the same time. Losing the organization’s values is one of the biggest causes of an organization’s downfall.
Regional Leadership Coordinator
Brad has been on staff since the summer of 2013. He graduated from Adelphi University and is now an alumnus of the Phi Septaton Chapter.