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5 C's of Leadership

5 C's of Leadership

Published on July 22, 2019 | Leadership Development

Effective leaders inspire and excite others to strive toward a common goal, they create genuine, lasting relationships, and they have a solid understanding of how their actions and emotions affect the people around them. 

Successful leadership is not dependent on title, seniority or authority. Leaders can emerge at any level as long as they have the right skills. 

Below are five key elements needed in the making of a leader who works well with their team and for their company:

  1. Caring- To effectively guide their team, leaders need to first and foremost believe in their organization. Investing in the skills of future leaders proves to employees that they are valued, and in turn, they will value their company.
  2. Communication- Strong communication skills are vital to any role, but especially to managing or directing a team. Leaders who know how to communicate effectively can connect with others, which enhances their productivity and the productivity of their team.
  3. Confidence- An underrated key to leading effectively is confidence. The ability to do a job comes first, but employees’ belief in those abilities plays a large role in a leader’s success. Learning how to carry oneself and manage others, in their best and worst moments on the job, is a skill that can be used on and off the job.
  4. Culpability- If a manager cannot be accountable for their actions, how can they expect their employees to do just that? A leader who models accountability not only improves effectiveness within the day-to-day practices of an organization, but creates a culture where taking responsibility is expected, supported, and constructive.
  5. Coaching– Great leaders are open to learning, but they are also open to teaching. The ability to coach other employees will make the team and team members stronger and more efficient. It also creates an environment where growth is imperative, and the dynamic between managers and employees is open and engaged.

Sinclair Workforce Development’s upcoming Foundational Leadership Series and EQ: The Heart of Leadership series covers these topics and more.