& their qualities
Last year, my first blog post was about leadership quantities and it’s fitting to write again about leadership and it’s qualities because of a compliment a co-worker gave me. Today, a co-worker told me “Kendal Ann, you are the most considerate person I know.” That’s the best compliment I’ve received in a long time.
If you ask 10 people what three qualities a good leader must posses, I bet you will come back with 20 different answers. For me, a good leader must be a good communicator, enthusiastic and considerate. More often than not, people don’t think of being considerate as a trait for good leaders, but to me it’s one of the most important.
There is evidence that leaders who are considerate in their leadership style are higher performers and are more satisfied with their job (Schriesheim). We should also note that consideration and structure are independent of each other, thus they should not be viewed on a continuum (Stogdill). For example, a leader who is more considerate, it does not necessarily mean that they is less structured. When thinking of a considerate leadership style, understand this could also mean leaders typically exhibit concern for employees’ well-being, status, and comfort.
A year later, I still believe we are all leaders, and it just takes some of us a little longer to get there than others. Leaders do not fit into a perfect mold. Leaders are born every day. Each day, you can make yourself become a better leader though expressing gratitude, by having an open mind, and being courageous and take positions on controversial topics.