What makes a good leader? Is it confidence? Intelligence? Leadership comes in many forms, and often requires a balance of skills to achieve success. Recently, I attended the 2014 Simmons Leadership Conference with my fellow Boston Financial colleagues and was excited to hear from the inspiring speakers who provided insight on leadership skills, along with tips for personal and professional development.
While at the conference, I attended a session hosted by Dr. Helen Fisher titled Leadership Lessons: The Female Mind: The Biology of Leadership. Dr. Fisher has produced groundbreaking studies on the biological basis of thinking styles, demonstrating how women’s innate talents are especially suited to addressing some of today’s most pressing problems. In her session, Dr. Fisher discussed many successful business leaders in the world today and the critical leadership traits that lead to their success. She focused on the following:
Top Ten Leadership Traits – The Leadership Artifacts
- Good communication skills
- Ability to build teams
- Ability to delegate
- Smooth interpersonal style
- Good composure under stress
- Ability to handle ambiguity
- Ability to handle complexity
- Ability to see the big picture
Although Dr. Fisher’s session focused on the biology of leadership as related to the female mind, the leadership traits she outlined can be applied to anyone. While listening to other keynote speakers throughout the day, I recognized that each of their inspirational stories included components of the top ten leadership traits.
At Boston Financial, we strive to promote operational excellence and create opportunities for associates to maximize their potential. Most – if not all – of the leadership traits discussed at the conference are woven into the professional development programs offered throughout our organization.
Do you have what it takes to be a good leader? Follow your vision, hone your skills around the traits mentioned above and take the important steps to success. As said by John Quincy Adams, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”