Monday, December 3, 2012

7 Clever 'C' Characteristics of Confident Leaders

We're back again with the third installment of Datavo's Business Leaders Attributes by Letter series. If you missed the last installment feel free to read it here: 7 Best "B" Behaviors of Bold Business Leaders.

Let's get things started with the C's....

Confidence is a powerful trait. Confident people are like magnets but you have to keep a good balance and not come off  as arrogant. With confidence you will be able to capture peoples attention, trust and respect. 

To be captivating is to enchant the people around you and hold their attention. Once you have it make sure to remain engaging and genuine. 

When you commit yourself to your job, your employees and colleagues will notice. If your team members trust that you are behind them and want to provide the best resources for them to complete their jobs, they will have more motivation and be willing to go the extra mile for you.

Being competitive can be a negative if taken too far, but with the right amount it can give your team members a gentle push to be that much better at what they are doing. When competitive people are winning it excites them, when they are losing they will double down and work harder to win.

A good leader knows when to celebrate their team members excellent work and how to be consoling during their less than stellar moments. During the rest of their time remaining a calm and competent force is the best way to keep morale high.

Being charitable does not only mean with your money. Make sure to be charitable with your time, talents and praises of your teams accomplishments. For instance, giving your highest performing workers an occasional Friday afternoon off will make them feel appreciated and plus you know they are good for it.

Being a compassionate does not mean that you are a counselor or babysitter to your team members. However, by showing empathy and compassion to them you will show a sign of strength that will command loyalty and respect from your team members.

Here are the  7 "C's you don't want to be": Chauvinistic, Certifiable, Condescending, Corrupt, Cantankerous, Chaotic, and Callous.

Feel free to leave any words you think we left off or would have on your own list in the comments. Make sure to look out for our next list of 'D' adjectives.

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