Question: What leadership quality do you appreciate most?
"A real leader empowers people on their team to get things done. They listen to them respectfully, set challenging goals for them and let them know how they'll be measured, and then get out of their way. Empowerment is much more sustainable than ordering people, and it's much more sustainable in the long term. Everyone finds it more inspiring to work with a leader that makes them feel capable."
"Accountability takes on so many different angles, yet it always boils down to one thing: doing what you say you are going to do. When a leader commits to doing the things they say they will do and is accountable for the results, it builds confidence and trust with everyone around them. Conversely, empty promises can be toxic to a team and it can lead to a lack of faith and trust."
"Humility enables effective leaders to appreciate others' strengths and contributions, learn from constructive criticism, take risks for the greater good, and empower others to learn and develop. Engaged employees feel included and have a sense of belonging, motivating them to go beyond the call of duty."
Leadership by Example
"I applaud leaders who only ask what they are willing to offer themselves. Leaders who sacrifice compensation in the early days, work long hours, are open to feedback, and respect good ideas from everyone in the company are the ones who can justify asking the same of their employees. This trait of service-oriented leadership is the one quality I hope to continue building upon."
"A leader will not let anything get in his or her way -- they are so determined to reach the end goal that any obstacle or setback that pops up is handled -- and no excuses are ever made. I appreciate when someone puts their head down and doesn't let anyone or anything get in their way. That level of determination is often unstoppable."
"Empathy in many ways is a communication skill that not all leaders possess. Having empathy allows you to sense the emotions of your employees and respond accordingly. Being aware of their feelings and understanding their needs will garner a deep respect from others, as opposed to just instructing them to follow rules and regulations."
"It's important to me to empower my team members to make their own decisions whenever possible. I frequently teach them to research to the best of their ability before they ask me for answers. This helps move client work forward and prevents bottlenecking."