Leadership is not only about control, it is also about action and action. As a leader, are your current leadership behaviors aligned with the goals of you and your team? And do your actions boost your team’s morale or lower your mood, resulting in high turnover and inefficiency? To help answer these questions, we’ve broken down the types of behavior leaders should exhibit.
What are Leadership Behaviors?
Leadership behaviors are behaviors and behaviors that leaders incorporate into their management style to effectively lead, motivate, and achieve goals on a team.
Leaders without these behaviors may struggle to achieve goals, maintain a healthy work environment, or manage their team members.
With that in mind, let’s look at 30 examples of leadership behaviors that will benefit both you and your team.
Examples of Effective Leadership Behavior
Compassion means having sympathy and concern for others, especially when they are suffering. Leading to compassion builds trust and fosters collaboration. Employees are more comfortable speaking up about issues that may interfere with their workflow.
Great leaders are always ready to change priorities and processes to adapt to changing market conditions. New viral social media sites are popping up every day. Cutting-edge technology is always in development and is changing the way consumers interact with products and services. Adaptive leadership means striving to keep pace with these changes and ensuring that business models are always up to date.
3. Coaching Mind
Having a coaching mindset means wanting to help people improve their skills and grow personally and professionally. As a leader, you must also take the time to mentor your employees and their goals to help them succeed. Consider having training sessions focused on a specific area of your business, or set aside time for your employees to shadow their colleagues in other departments based on their interests.
4. Active listening
According to the 2021 global survey UKG’s Human Resources Lab, 74% of employees say they are more efficient at work when they hear their opinions. The same study also found that 88% of employees at companies that are financially better than others in their industry feel that they can hear them, and 62% of employees at companies that are financially poorer in their industry.
Active listening means paying full attention to the person speaking. In addition to listening to what they are saying, we also analyze what is being said, paying close attention to the speaker’s content, intentions, and feelings. Employees appreciate this because it means they are being understood as well as being heard.
Otherwise, you cannot expect to motivate your team to reach new heights. Leaders drive team morale. Being a motivating leader means demonstrating your passion for the future of your company. It also means setting the vision for the company and making your team members equally excited about what lies ahead.
Being a self-aware leader means understanding your personality and emotions. Knowing your personality is important because it means you know your strengths, weaknesses, and how to deal with situations. This provides a foundation from which you can work to improve where necessary. Recognizing your feelings allows you to approach situations with a clear and calm mind.
For the team to believe in you, they must first believe in your leadership abilities. That’s why confidence is key. To build confidence, repeat positive words to yourself, practice good posture, speak clearly, and make eye contact when speaking. It’s easy to say, but with good practice and repetition, your confidence will grow and your team will notice.
Assertive leaders stand up for themselves, others, and what they believe in. Put yourself in the other person’s shoes while maintaining a calm and positive attitude. Be direct and clear in your communication and do not passively accept adverse reactions.
9. Time Management
Effective leaders know how to use their and their team’s time wisely. Leaders manage time appropriately by streamlining workflows to make processes more efficient. It also implements a detailed plan that prioritizes important tasks and takes into account how long they will take to complete.
10. Detail Oriented
Completing a project on time is important, but timeliness means nothing if the project has errors or is missing key components. A true leader pays close attention to detail to ensure that high quality standards are met. But that doesn’t mean that great leaders let attention to detail prevent important progress. It simply means using attention to detail to deliver thorough results.
As a leader, you need to be able to articulate your goals clearly. Communicating effectively means less time to repeat and more time to take action. So, make sure your oral communication is easy to understand. Another aspect of good communication is understanding how your team prefers to communicate. Are email updates helpful? How about the weekly Zoom meetings and viewings? Pay close attention to the types of communication that yield the best results and implement into your strategy.
Responsibility doesn’t just mean holding others accountable for your actions, it also means holding yourself accountable. No leader is perfect, and part of building trust with your team is taking responsibility for your own shortcomings. If you miss a deadline or forget to update your team on a project, take ownership and do better. Your team will reflect this by respecting your integrity and holding you accountable.
Trustworthy leaders can trust that they will do what they say they will do, when they say they will, and do it the way they need it. This instills confidence in the team and can inspire them to do the same. Leaders who lack credibility can demoralize their teams, reduce their effectiveness, and miss important opportunities.
Proactive leadership means taking the time to plan ahead, improve team processes, and devise initiatives to prevent problems before they happen. Proactive leaders must identify risk areas on their team and work to minimize or eliminate negative impacts before problems arise.
The key to prevention is to have a plan. Plan your path to reaching your goals and what to do next. Be prepared for when things go well and when projects fail. Create a plan for how each member of the team will contribute to the goals of the company. Remember, if you are ready, you never have to.
Leaders must be able to find solutions to difficult or unpredictable problems, and unpredictable problems occur naturally in an ever-changing work environment. Great leaders also understand that they must use their team’s strengths to overcome obstacles.
Responsible leaders own the fact that they have an obligation to make difficult decisions and lead and control their teams. They do not shirk responsibility or responsibility and are not afraid of decision makers.
18. Goal Oriented
Goal-oriented leaders need to set clear, realistic goals for both themselves and their team and drive toward achieving them. Consistent goal setting motivates and keeps your team meeting important goals and meeting deadlines. To maintain a goal-oriented perspective, you must approach each task with a positive attitude.
Purpose goes hand in hand with goal setting. There must be a clear future for the team that develops everyone as a leader. Where do all your goals lead? What drives you to success and is your purpose clear to your employees?
Whatever your goals as a leader may be, achieving them requires commitment. A committed leader will devote time and energy to the company, team, and goals. Their enterprising attitude will also inspire the team to focus on their work.
Being a leader is not easy. Sometimes plans fail, markets change, consumers change, and frustration can arise. But resilient leaders find the strength to overcome uncertainty or disappointment and help the team keep moving toward their goals.
Lack of transparency can create mistrust between you and your team. To be a transparent leader, you need to make yourself clear and understandable. You should also make sure that the words you say match your tone and body language to avoid confusion. A transparent leader can’t tell the team everything, but doesn’t ask questions about what they can and can’t share.
23. Personal Achievement
Leaders get a sense of personal fulfillment when a project is successfully completed. That personal achievement is the result of an alignment between the drive, purpose, and aspiration to achieve goals with the team.
A leader who practices reflection is an effective leader. Reflection allows leaders to look back on past experiences, learn from them, and improve in the future. As a leader, it can be difficult at times to get external feedback on your decisions. So, practicing self-reflection and carefully considering past behavior can be a great way to help expand your skills.
Empathic leaders can understand or feel what others are experiencing by figuratively putting themselves in that person’s shoes. Knowing your team’s feelings and concerns can help you adjust expectations, get to the heart of specific issues, and instill trust. To build empathy, get out of your comfort zone and ask: “How would I feel if this happened to me?”
26. Constructive Feedback
Each member of the team has their own goals, just like you. Leaders should feel comfortable providing constructive feedback to help their team members grow and improve performance. Constructive feedback is informative, observation-based, problem-specific, and communicated in a way that is not intended to offend or suppress. Instead, constructive feedback is provided to encourage positive outcomes.
Empowering a team means delegating certain tasks to team members and giving them permissions for those tasks. This shows that you believe in the ability of the team and that you trust the team to take over the project when needed. This form of empowerment can also help team members expand their skills and increase their effectiveness.
Leadership is not about maintaining yourself and making your own decisions. It also means working with your team. Conversational leaders maintain open lines of communication with the team, connect individuals with the team through team building, and enthusiastically embrace new perspectives.
To exercise leadership, effective leaders must exhibit high-impact behaviors that influence the character, beliefs, behavior and development of their team. With words and examples, leaders have the power to set the tone for the way projects are run and to change direction if necessary. Leaders with low-impact behaviors need to listen to them and work harder to get the project done the way they want it to.
30. Emotional Intelligence
Empathy, self-awareness, reflection, and compassion are all components of emotional intelligence. Any emotionally intelligent leader knows and controls how he or she expresses his or her emotions. By controlling emotions, effective leaders can handle their relationship with the team with care and respect. Emotional intelligence creates a healthy work environment where everyone feels appreciated, listened to and respected.
Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the behaviors listed above. This is a behavior that can be honed with practice and initiative over time. Record the behavior you want to develop and start making a clear plan for doing so. There is no better time to start than now.