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Become an Effective Leader With the “Four Cs”

It’s simple to coast through a position with an “I just want to do my job and go home” mentality. With everything we have going on in our lives, why put forth unneeded effort? Well, if you want to get ahead in your career and really make a name for yourself in the job market, a passive attitude probably won’t get you very far. To really create an impression in the workplace, you should be willing to go the extra mile – to exceed expectations – and become a leader rather than a follower.

But what are the ingredients that make an effective leader? Here we explain the “Four Cs of Leadership,” a collection of qualities we feel are important to have when in a leadership position.

Communication: Open, honest communication is crucial when leading a team. You may know exactly what needs to be done and how to do it, but you can’t expect others to read your mind. The keys to communication are clarity and conciseness. Whether you’re delegating tasks among a group, trying to explain a complex work issue or asking for another’s opinion on a project, you must be able to relay your message in a simple manner with which others can relate, while actively listening to others and their thoughts, too.

Confidence: Even on the days when your plan isn’t working or you run into unforeseen problems, a good leader knows not to panic. Effectively leading others requires the ability to keep your cool and put out fires, all the while believing in your team and inspiring them to push through. Maintaining a cool, collected head during tough times is crucial to moving ahead with your goals.

Commitment: Lead by example. If you want the others around you to put forth a greater effort, step up your own game so that they realize your expectations firsthand. By proving commitment to your role, you will not only earn the respect of others, but will also help instill that same hardworking energy into the entire team. Commitment (or lack of commitment) is contagious.

Creativity: As a leader, it’s important that you’re able to think outside the box when needed. Even if you have a straight and narrow way of doing things and it usually works, you’ll want to have the ability to think on your feet and go a different route than is typically taken. Sometimes, an idea or project needs shaken up to inspire truly great work. If you can show your team a new perspective, they’ll soon follow suit and begin to think creatively.

Without a doubt, there are several other personal qualities that most great leaders have in common, but we feel that communication, confidence, commitment and creativity can go a long way.

How could you adapt these “Four Cs” to fit into your Jones College experience? Let us know what you think!


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