The most effective leaders motivate and inspire followers. Effective leaders accomplish their goals through consideration and employee-oriented styles of leadership. In essence, effective leaders simply maintain a highly productive environment while significantly satisfying followers.
Characteristics of Effective Leaders:
- Concerned with their employees
- Consensus builder
- Interested in their followers’ personal lives
- Inspire their followers to pursue their goals
- Listen to their followers’ concerns
- Shed new perspectives on situations
- Inspire followers to excel at life
These highly effective leadership characteristics increase commitment, motivation, and productivity from followers. Moreover, employees who work for effective leaders are highly satisfied with their jobs, and they eagerly maintain high work standards and meet deadlines.
So now I ask, how effective are you as a leader?
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