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Strong Leadership = Successful Company

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Successful companies and professional service firms of all sizes share many common characteristics. These characteristics include confident and well-regarded leaders, a strong employee-focused culture and effective branding and marketing communications.  Over the next three weeks we will share insights and best practices in each of these three areas and their positive impact on today’s corporate and privately-held businesses.

I will begin Blog #1 by addressing ‘powerful leadership.’

Defining leadership characteristics

High performing leaders are those unique people who put the company ahead of their own success and ahead of their own ego. They offer guidance based on their vision, business intelligence, and moral values. They also have the confidence and courage to make tough calls and the humility to balance their perspective. It is this blend of characteristics that enable them to help their companies realize sustainable success.

Emotional intelligence is a key leadership criteria

There is a list of traits that are frequently observed in the best leaders, including self-awareness, approachability, sincerity, good listening and probing, willingness to coach/mentor and offer honest, constructive feedback and praise, and ultimately providing a clear vision for establishing short and long term goals along with the direction to achieve them. Leaders who offer great thoughts and ideas, but are not held accountable, are not likely to execute their vision. 

Leadership matters 

There is often a debate about whether great leaders are born or made.  It is the continued debate of nature vs. nurture. But it is a moot point. Some may be born with a charismatic and motivational personality and others may develop inspiring leadership characteristics as they continue through their careers as seasoned professionals. Either way, the result is the same.      

Employees, vendors, customers/clients and the community often look to business leaders for relevant and wise advice.  The tone from the top sets the tone for the organization. As such, the leaders of any company must accept responsibility for its philosophy, attitude and mission.

There are many different types of leadership styles, each having a purpose under specific circumstances.   When used appropriately each style can be effective in accomplishing accommodation, avoidance, compromise, competiveness or collaboration - as the situation demands. But it is those leaders who are not bound to one unilateral style who are more likely to engage others, empowering and encouraging their teams by utilizing an integrated mix of skills that together will gain solid results.

Leaders who focus on the vision and accomplishments of the organization, and who bring a sincere commitment to building consensus, collaboration and collegiality, have the tools to bring their organizations long lasting success and profitability.

John Mellage,CPA, Sobel & Co