An effective leader is someone that leads by example. An employee will follow them because they believe it is the right thing to do. Think about the characteristics you look up to: honesty, reliability, confidence, openness. Those are qualities of an effective leader.
According to SHRM’s article on “Transformational Leaders Will Rule the 21st Century”, Sheri Nasim, president and CEO of the San Diego-based Center for Executive Excellence, listed seven characteristics of transformational leaders. Each of these characteristics have one common thread: transformation. Leaders must be willing “to learn and grow from those they lead”. Leaders must embrace change and be the change agents for their business. Be curious, mentor and above all understanding of not only the short term, but long term impacts of their role.
At ShiftHR, our leader, Pat Eardley, finds being a leader is not complicated. It is necessary to find a balance between the characteristics one would looks up to and time spent. Yet, she practices being an effective leader every day. Pat is a member of SCORE, Charleston Center for Women and frequently facilitates career and business workshops. She provides her 20 years of vast human resource experience to our small business clients, making sure they are transformative leaders in their perspective industries.
ShiftHR can give you the tools and resources you need through a one-on-one leadership coaching program developed with the small business leader in mind. Contact Shift HR at 843-410-2535 for more information.