The 5 Cs that Make a Leader

The 5 Cs that Make a Leader

Published on August 30, 2018 | Leadership Development

The debate around whether leaders are born or made continues to rage on. But while qualities of a great leader may come naturally to some, they can (and should) be taught to all. Additionally, a natural born leader who rebukes learning new strategies is bound to backslide into outdated practices and complacency.

Companies searching for great leaders should not only be looking for people with superior capabilities, but people with a strong willingness to grow and improve. In this way, they not only become more effective leaders themselves but become models for future leaders within the organization.

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 all of these topics and more.