Leaders shape our organizations, communities, and nations. They help in essential decision-making processes. They have the power to send people home stressed, or happy. However, there has been a long debate on whether leaders are “born” or “made”. Whether you are born with the skills it takes to be a leader, or can you develop the skills needed to be a great leader. Studies done out of the University of Illinois revealed that leadership is 70% learned and 30% genetic.
However, exemplary leadership and the right human-centric culture in many organizations have been missing. There is not enough clarity and vision; not enough autonomy and flexibility, human relationships and sense of belonging are missing; and equity got lost in the mail somewhere. Many organizations truly don’t CARE for their employees. Additionally, leaders do not live up to the values that are written on the walls and websites of their corporations. They say one thing and do another. Delegating culture issues to HR has also been another significant problem. “We’ll leave all this EQ and people stuff to my HRBP. Leaders need to own culture and take accountability for leading in line with the demands of the modern worker.
Alex Draper At A Glance
Alex Draper is a leader in the Leadership training industry. This man is the CEO of DX Learning Solutions, a partner in progressive leadership training that taps into the powerful combination of behavioral psychology and experiential learning to expose and eliminate bad leadership and prepare leaders to put people first. He has been at the forefront, working fearlessly and passionately to change the record on how leadership training is perceived and how effective leadership training can be done right.
The following are must-have qualities for anyone who is called a leader. These qualities will go a long way in transforming your organization.
- Self Awareness & Prioritizing Personal Development
Do you want to lead others? First, lead yourself. Discover yourself, and you will be able to lead others by example. Effective leadership focuses on developing one’s emotional intelligence.
Self-awareness and prioritizing personal development will make you more resilient, adaptive, and accept feedback from others.
Inclusivity is another essential quality. Inclusivity leads to increased psychological safety that solves organizational challenges. As a leader, you need to know how to unleash individual potential and create an environment where all talent thrives and grows.
Therefore you need to provide all individuals with a sense of empowerment. You need to make sure everyone has a voice. Please help them to be free to bring their authentic selves to work.
- Emotional Intelligence
Emotional intelligence is critical in providing for any leader. It will help provide the backbone of understanding to strengthen productivity, team building, morale, and more. According to Alex, emotional intelligence can help build better leaders and help prevent employee turnover.
- Lead By Example
Most leaders ‘preach water and drink wine.’ They do not do what they say or instruct others to do. However, as a good leader, you need to lead from the front. It would help if you did what you say and that way, your people will have the best example to follow.
Leading by example will earn you more trust and respect, help you achieve higher productivity, make your employees be loyal, and do your work alongside your team.
Alex is now disrupting the leadership training industry with science-based methodologies that drive leadership self-awareness, emotional intelligence, inclusivity, and psychological safety that solve organizational challenges. He has helped develop and unlock the leadership potential in over 25,000 people with DX’s leadership programs worldwide.