Management
5 Characteristics of Exceptional Managers and Leaders

by Igshaan Soules
Good managers and leaders have the ability to set a clear direction, create alignment and nurture an unwavering commitment to a productive and positive work environment. Beyond that - here is a list of five behaviours, attitudes or orientations that makes good managers and leaders, exceptional.

What makes good managers and leaders exceptional? Good managers and leaders have the ability to set a clear direction, create alignment and nurture an unwavering commitment to a productive and positive work environment. But, what will make them exceptional. Following is a list of five behaviours, attitudes or orientations that makes good managers and leaders, exceptional.

  1. At The Top Of My List Is Self-awareness.
    They have a deep and evolved level of self-awareness. They understand who they are, how to leverage their unique talents and strengths and how to leverage these as creative forces at work and in life.
  2. They Are Enrolling.
    They have the ability to get employees and colleagues excited about their ideas, vision and the kind of organisational culture they want to nurture. Generating excitement, enthusiasm and "aliveness" is an essential element of communicating effectively, a key leadership competence. 
  3. Next On My List Is The Ability To View People As Resourceful.
    When managers and leaders operate from this stance, they hold the assumption of competence towards employees and peers. They invite employees, colleagues and teams to harness their creativity and diversity of ideas to contribute to solving organizational challenges and problems. The result is increased productivity and positivity within teams and the organisation as a whole.
  4. They Have The Ability To Nurture Talent.
    They are good coaches. In this orientation managers and leaders have the belief that each employee has something of value to contribute to the organization. And, they have the ability to tap into those contributions and the innate potential of others through, insightful questions, listening, acknowledgement and through challenging assignments.
  5. And finally, they value purposeful execution and implementation.
    They understand that the results they achieve do not depend on the merits of a well-defined strategy, but the soundness of its execution. They know that the best strategic goals cannot survive poor execution - success is 10% vision and 90% execution.

You are are good at what you do. Don't settle for good. Be exceptional. You can do that by constantly challenging yourself to be exceptional. Make better quality decisions, make better plans, execute better - whatever you do, hold excellence as a standard in all that you do. And, being exceptional allows you to stand tall and above those who are simply good.

Best of all, you will be more successful, advance faster and live a richer live.

Bottom line. If you want to break through the functional glass ceiling and excel in your career, become exceptional at what you do. 

To become an even better leader I invite you to sign up for my free e-course, "Change The Way You Lead In 10 Days" at http://www.acclaim.co.za/leaders

Igshaan Soules of Acclaim Coaching and Training works with professionals, teams and organisations to develop their management and leadership capability. With 25 years business experience in a range of industries, he understands first hand the real challenges of managing and leading in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous business world.

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