Essential Qualities in Great Leaders

Regarding leadership, Toastmasters International made decades of research and analysis on various leaders before eventually defining a set of leadership styles for us to identify in real-life situations.
Understanding and knowing which leadership style is the most appropriate can benefit each one of us.

Let’s take a look at leadership styles as defined below.

  1. Bureaucratic
    This leader stringently establishes and enforces rules. It’s not effective when trying to lead highly skilled individuals, as they often become resentful of micromanagement, but it is most effective when a decision has to be made in a short amount of time.
  2. Authoritative
    This leader provides long-term direction and focuses on end-goals. It is less effective when explicit guidance is required and most effective when a change of direction or vision is required.
  3. Innovative
    This leader shares a vision of the future and pursues excellence. It will be less effective when risks taken make team members apprehensive, but most effective when solving complex problems.
  4. Pacesetting
    This leader expects those he leads to embrace new projects and move with speed. It can be ineffective if used over a long period of time and effective when team members are self-motivated and highly skilled.
  5. Democratic
    This style relies on consensus decision-making. It is less effective when the leader has difficulty giving negative feedback and performance is not emphasized, and it is effective in increasing morale, repairing broken trust, and working through stressful circumstances.
  6. Coaching
    This leader concentrates on preparing individuals for the future by building skills. This style is less effective when those being coached are adverse to change and most effective in a one-on-one setting when the person being coached is receptive to the close working relationship of this leadership style.
  7. Altruistic
    This leader personalizes approaches to meet the individualized needs of the team. It can be ineffective if not given sufficient time to apply a long-term perspective, and effective in creating a positive culture and promoting high morale
  8. Affiliative
    This leaders’ objective is to create a cohesive unit by emphasizing teamwork and harmony. It is less effective when the leader has difficulty giving negative feedback and performance is not emphasized. This style is effective in increasing morale, repairing broken trust, and working through stressful circumstances.

Per the description, you may find that the best leadership style is situational. There is no ‘one fits all’ formula at all.

If there is not the best leadership style, it means it should be something else as a universal rule of thumb!!!

Then what is it??? 

Here are some qualities good leaders should have:

  1. Being a good communicator
    Communicating expectations, goals, and plans with others in a direct, concise, and thoughtful manner will help you successfully lead your people to achieve your objectives.
  2. Enthusiastic and supportive
    People are more likely to follow the lead of those they like, and enthusiasm and support towards others would absolutely pull them closer to you. The best leaders are well-spoken, approachable and friendly. They show sincere care for others.
  3. Hunting down the goals
    Success is an irreplaceable part of leading people. Dare to say, who likes being led to failure all the time, so hitting off the milestones is unarguably necessary to define a good leader.

Are you curious about how to become a good leader? 

Are you aspiring to stand out in the crowd?

Are you wondering where you can obtain such knowledge and skills?

WE TOASTMASTERS CAN HELP YOU!!! 

Toastmasters International, where leaders are made!!!

Build your confidence with us

Dear friends,

My name is Bruce Yu, and I’m the current President of Buddies Online Toastmaster Club. Days ago, our Vice President of Public Relations invited me to write something about communication and leadership skills which we’ve been practicing in Buddies. I’ve been thinking of what my essay should cover and how to help you learn more about Buddies.

As you may know, Toastmaster International is a non-profit organization and it mainly provides a positive and supportive learning experience to all its members to improve their public speaking skills and transform them into leaders. It has thousands of online, offline and hybrid clubs, Buddies is one of them, an online club.

I believe if you are here reading this, you would probably be interested in what Buddies can support its members to grow and how it can transfigure its members into excellent speakers and powerful leaders. So finally I’ve decided to share my personal observation to tell you how amazing it feels to be a buddy.

There are 4 advantages Buddies has to help its members grow rapidly and professionally.

1. A professional educational system

Toastmaster International provides a comprehensive and systematic educational system that helps its members to accelerate their professional and personal growth. Once becoming a member of Buddies, you will be able to access all materials on the Toastmaster International website to soar in your chosen path.

2. A team of encouraging and supporting officers

In order to maintain good meeting quality and steady members’ growth, Buddies officers aim to meet the members’ skill building needs. Buddies provides various programs to boost members’ morale and solve members’ problems, including but not limited to mentoring programs, diverse workshops, speech-a-thons, speech contests and many more.

3. A stress-free environment

Members are provided with a positive and supportive learning environment so that they can practice and learn from their mistakes. Learning from mistakes is a faster way to master new skills. During meetings, speakers are given valuable feedback from evaluators and the audience, so they can grow accumulatively and steadily.

4. Other supportive services

We have created a series of services to assist all the members along with their journey in Buddies.

a) A speech scheduling system, in which members can sign up as a speaker, evaluator or a meeting facilitator;

b) An effective communication platform, where members can communicate without abrasion, share ideas, and practice impromptu speaking skills.

 c) Meeting invitations and meeting minutes: members would receive an invitation before each meeting to prepare relative information to the meeting theme and a meeting minutes after every meeting to recap, most importantly, meeting recordings would be shared among members to review and refine their skills.

Are you expecting to have such an amazing experience with us?

Are you eager to grow yourself in a vibrant circumstance?

Are you ready to explore the fun and learning something new with us?

You are welcome to join our meetings and enjoy the time with us!

Written by Bruce Yu