What does it take to be a great leader today? In the modern workplace we see a fusion of cultures, generations, education levels, and work backgrounds. There no longer is a clear path to leadership in many organizations, and some companies are tossing out the “L” word from titles completely, opting instead for facilitator, advisor, or guru. Many individuals are hybrid professionals, merging professions and experiences to build a career path that is truly unique.
Regardless of title, what makes a great team player and influencer has stayed the same for generations. Here are four traits that continually show up in the best and brightest individuals:
They surround themselves with diverse and talented people. Bright, interesting people with different ideas and opinions will challenge you to think more broadly. Creating this broad circle of contacts can be done by working with the right teams, networking, and actively engaging with individuals in your organization who intrigue you.
The best and brightest focus on important issues. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, so get the most out of it by eliminating the rubbish that bogs down your calendar, and yes keep stress in check. Influencers have a drive to work hard and a plan for how to refresh and recharge.
Great team players inspire others to produce awesome work. Inspiration can look different in different roles. It may be frequent feedback, finding the right moment to share ideas, or simply engaging people by building a culture of gratitude.
Influencers continually learn. The most motivating people in organizations focus on the future, but learn from past mistakes and wins.
While there are executives that exhibit none of these traits, there are many more leaders that show these behaviors every day, positively influencing their communities and organizations.
What other traits do great influences and team players have in your organization? Who in your organization personifies these four traits?
Christina Schlachter is the author of Managing Multiple Generations on #LinkedInLearning.