What Are The 7 Core Values Of An Effective Leader?

“We’re all looking for the next great effective leader to come and rescue us. But what are they like? What are the seven core values of effective leadership? Do these qualities sound familiar when talking about inspiring individuals or motivating people at work or in your own home? The fact is that these qualities all play into creating a great team environment which leads to more successful outcomes for everyone involved.

How did they get so good at leading others?” “What are those things that make them, well…effective?”

1. Be A Self-Starter

“Leadership is about self-motivation and taking the initiative to have an effective leadership style.  For a leader to be successful, they need to hear what their employees are telling them and make adjustments.” -Troy McClain.

For those who want success in life, you must learn how to take responsibility for your own actions. You must view yourself as capable of doing anything if only given the opportunity. You can’t wait around on others or expect people at work will do things for you because chances are, they won’t always be there when you need them most.

Self-starting individuals know how important it is not just to say “yes” but also to show up. Showing up as a leader means that you’re present and available to your employees, but it also means taking the initiative. Self-starting leaders are those who take the time to think about what they can do on their own without waiting for someone else to tell them how. They don’t wait around or expect people at work will assume responsibility for tasks or projects because chances are, they won’t.

2. Have Character And Integrity

Having character and integrity in leadership means taking responsibility for our own actions and not blaming others. We also need to be honest in the decisions we make.

Leaders should always keep their word, tell the truth and do what they say they will do. Having integrity means being consistent about your values so people know where you stand on important character issues like honesty or critical thinking. A great example of having great character and integrity is Nelson Mandela.

Believing in what you do is also important for a leader to have character and integrity. This means believing in your values, advocating for something that matters to you, and caring about the world around us. If we lead with this kind of purposeful behavior, then people will trust our decisions, feel good following us wherever we go, and know they’re making an impact while working on their goals together with us as leaders who care deeply about them too!

What are the seven core values of effective leadership? Do these qualities sound familiar when talking about inspiring individuals or motivating people at work or in your community? The fact is that these qualities all play into creating a great team environment which leads to more successful outcomes for everyone involved.

3. Inspire Others To Act

Inspiring Others To Act

The third core value of an effective leader is inspiring others to act. How do leaders inspire others so effectively?

Leaders inspire others by setting clear direction and engaging people in the process. For example, leaders can invite team members to provide input on an issue or encourage them to share a personal experience that will lead the group closer to a consensus.

The leader also has responsibility for creating energetic engagement with some task: solving problems, developing creative solutions, building relationships, or collaborating across teams (or all four).  This is done through deliberate coaching conversations about performance, encouragement amidst challenges, and celebrations when goals are achieved.  

Effective leadership requires attention not only from leaders but also followers – they need clarity around expectations as well as feedback on their progress towards those objectives.”

4. Think Creatively

I personally think this value is one of the most important of them all. Creative thinkers can think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas that can solve all sorts of problems, be it one within their organization or just how they will spend their time.

Creative thinking is essential in nearly every field today: science, art, design, etc. It’s what has made our society so advanced over the past few centuries as we have been able to break free from tradition and find new ways of doing things.

Creativity is what allows us to make the world a better place.

Creative thinking requires only one thing: an open mind that’s not afraid of taking chances and stepping out of its comfort zone when it needs to.

5. Make Decisions That Are Timely And Well-Informed

Make Decisions That Are Timely And Well-Informed

Decisions are a part of the job of any good leader.

The time it takes to make decisions can be a real problem if you don’t have the right support and team in place or are working with outdated information that has changed since you made your last decision. It’s difficult enough when making one choice, but what about an entire organization? How do leaders ensure their company is making timely decisions for the future of their business while also considering past successes?

Many factors contribute to well-informed decisions, some easier than others: Readiness (ease), important contribution, cost risk, urgency, reputation legacy

an effective leader should never rush decisions, nor should they take too long as either will lead to a bad outcome. Leaders need to remain objective on all fronts, so they aren’t creating a dysfunctional environment.

6. Take Responsibility For Your Actions And Be Accountable To Those You Lead

The very definition of leadership should be accountability. Power without accountability would be dangerous, and it is the leaders’ responsibility to take on that accountability.

Leaders must know who they are accountable for, what they are accountable for, and how to create strategies so that people can hold them accountable and measure their success as a leader. Accountability starts with owning up to mistakes made or things not done well enough and celebrating successes to keep the momentum going forward. Without these two steps, there will never be true ownership of any task because someone else won’t accept blame when something goes wrong, nor will anyone take credit when something is successful. Ownership means being willing to make decisions knowing full well you’ll need an opportunity later on (such as in front of your peers) to answer to the choices you’ve made. You’ll have a Self Image That Leads To Success.

“I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life…and that is why I succeed.” – Micheal Jordan

7. Develop the talent of others by providing feedback, coaching, training, and opportunities for growth

Develop the talent of others by providing feedback, coaching, training, and opportunities for growth

What’s an effective leader if you’re not creating opportunities for personal development? It’s a critical part of being an effective leader.

The people who are closest to you should be your biggest priority, and what better way to show them that than by providing resources for their development?

Offer feedback, provide coaching opportunities, create training programs–you have many options available for showing how much they mean to you.  

Providing employees with these sorts of opportunities will help develop an engaged workforce which is essential in today’s competitive workplace environment.

Conclusion       

If you want to be an effective leader, then you must develop these values. Be a self-starter, have character and integrity, inspire others to act with purpose and creativity, take responsibility for your actions while being accountable to those you lead. These six principles are essential in developing the talent of others by providing feedback on their performance or behavior as well as coaching them through training or opportunities for growth. What other qualities do you think to make up an effective leader? Let us know! We’d love to hear from our readers about what they value most when working with someone who is leading them.

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