Theresa May’s unexpected announcement to call a snap General Election on the 8th June in order to create “certainty, stability and strong leadership” immediately raises the question, “what are the qualities that makes a strong leader?”
In times of great uncertainty, the need to unite people, inspire confidence and drive action is more important than ever. So whether your role is to lead the country or to run a business and motivate your team, check out the top three traits that define strong leadership.
Strong Leaders Make Brave Decisions
The ability to take bold and decisive action is without doubt one of the key characteristics of strong leadership. Theresa May clearly demonstrated this with her U-turn on a snap election, explaining that an early vote was now necessary to “strengthen our hand in negotiation with the European Union.” It takes courage to make the tough call but it’s crucial to remember, as business guru Peter F Druker remarked, “Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”
Strong Leaders See The Positives In Every Situation
Former CEO of GE, Jack Walsh famously commented, “Your job as a leader is to fight the gravitational pull of negativism. That doesn’t mean you sugarcoat the challenges your team face.” Strong leaders need to draw on their EQ to be optimistic. This is particularly important in the case of Theresa May, who is faced with one of the most challenging political situations of all times. May needs to be creative and solution-orientated in order to unite her people behind her and strengthen her leadership position going forward.
Strong Leaders Believe In Themselves
I’m a big believer that people buy people – if you don’t believe in yourself and your abilities you will be unable to convince others to believe in you. This is just as important in the corridors of Westminster as it is in meeting rooms across the country. Theresa May needs to articulate this self-belief by defining her personal mandate so she can convince the British people that she is the right person to navigate the country through the challenging Brexit landscape.
Courage, optimism and self-belief are unquestionably three of the key traits that define strong leadership. The ability to harness your EQ to develop these so-called “soft” skills is often one of the most difficult things to master. Becoming a world-class leader doesn’t just happen over night – it takes practice, commitment and hard work to engage, inspire and motivate those around you. These are qualities that Theresa May will need to draw on in the weeks running up to Polling Day.