After reading an article on Inc.com about three ways to be a leader, I agree that communication, confidence, and commitment are important leadership qualities. I do, however, believe there are a few more qualities that make for a great leader, so I came up with three more C’s, which are consistency, candor, and character. Each of these qualities help to build the trust and respect that the Inc.com article described as essential for long-term team success.
Consistency drives my personality and vision for success. I believe that consistency is at the heart of what it takes to build skills, follow through on plans, and ultimately achieve goals. In terms of the mission for our team, being able to demonstrate consistency in how we approach our work and how we interact with others is one of the keys of our success. Though consistency is tied to commitment, I think the idea behind it goes a bit further. In order to drive results, there should be a certain set of expectations that should remain similar over time. Leaders and their teams can be committed to racing towards success, but consistency is what enables them to cross the finish line (and hopefully win).
I’ve always been the type of person that believes regardless of the answer, it’s better to know than not to know. I feel that I can deal with what I know and I apply this attitude when I interact with others. Candor is synonymous with openness and honesty, qualities that are the foundation for strong relationships. The Inc.com article touches on this with its discussion of communication but if candor is not a quality the team endorses, communication itself will not meet the objective. Candor can empower teams to effectively deal with change and become more resilient in the process. Productive teams can use candor as a means of enhancing performance by receiving and sharing feedback that is needed at any given time to meet and exceed goals and expectations.
Character is everything. It is what sums up the distinguishing qualities that make you, you. As Maya Angelou once said, “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” This is what character is all about. As a leader, I want to leave an impression on my team that makes them smile when they think of me and that is what I want each of our clients to do when they think about our team.