Five Key Traits of Effective Leaders
Faith Technologies is committed to developing leaders at all levels of our organization. We realize leadership is not the product of giving an individual a title, so Faith provides intensive leadership training through its employee High-Potential program.
In 2008, I joined the Faith Technologies’ safety department after spending 33 years as a teacher and coach in the public school systems of Kansas and Oklahoma. I had very little knowledge of safety standards, but Faith was willing to invest, both financially and in time, to provide the training I needed to be successful with our team. Today I am the safety director for Faith’s Midwest region, where I have the opportunity to work extensively with our team in developing our safety training program.
Faith also has a rigorous succession planning program in place that enables leadership to play an active role in training those who might one day move up in their positions. During this process, it’s critical to effectively identify future leaders. Below are five key traits we deem successful leaders should have:
- Vision: Vision is the art of seeing what an organization can be. When leaders identify their vision and effectively communicate it to employees, employees want to share it as well, and begin to live the culture of the organization through their actions, values, and beliefs. Vision is not the same as goals, as goals are organizational tools that allow us to work toward our vision.
- Communication: True leaders have a complete understanding of the organization’s vision, goals, and process to reach those goals. They know their audience, individual or group, and can communicate the vision and the map to reach each goal in terms that team members at all levels understand.
- Passion: Successful leaders have a strong passion for everything they value. This comes in many styles; some are vocal and demonstrative, while others tend to show their passion inwardly through their actions and approach to even minor tasks. No matter the approach, true leaders model the behaviors and beliefs they have developed over time.
- Integrity: Integrity and trust define the character of a leader. Trust must be earned at all levels, and the key trait to earning trust is integrity. Integrity is following through with commitments to individuals or tasks, on time. It is also having the courage to accept responsibility when things don’t go as planned, rather than placing blame on others.
- Compassion: Compassion is an active process in which leaders recognize and appreciate the efforts of their team. This allows leaders to build trust in the decisions made by individual members of the team, which in turn helps them take more ownership of both the process and products of their efforts.
At Faith Technologies, we know that we need leaders at every level of the organization. Executive leaders set the path for success, utilizing input from the entire team. From there, each level of the organization requires leadership to ensure we continue to improve and progress.