Business leaders are often seen as tough and aggressive persons that lead their company to success. However, not all aggressive business leaders have the right characteristics to create a conducive work environment, let alone win the trust and respect of their employees.

There is a fine line between being strong and being perceived as too cold hearted and aggressive.  However, the difference between the two has a huge impact on an organisation – more specifically on how business leaders lead their people and the company towards its goal.

In this post, we will discuss the characteristics of an aggressive leader and strong leader, and why the latter is more fitting for an organisation that seeks success.

What are the characteristics of an aggressive leader?

An aggressive leader can be quickly identified due to their powerful presence. Their intense energy never fails to get everyone’s attention. They also tend to walk very hard as if they are marching, reflecting their sense of power and fearlessness.

People often describe aggressive leaders as bossy, impatient, quick-tempered, uncaring, too independent, and hasty. They often come on too strong and can be  inflexible in some situations. Worst, they tend to use people, and they tend to make decisions for others that are not theirs to make. They believe they can do everything much better than everybody else.

What are the characteristics of a strong leader?

Strong leaders are characterised by their people-skills. Instead of intimidation, strong leaders use their influence to connect people and achieve greater results. They exude confidence and self-assurance; they make eye contact with those they are speaking to and resist reacting in a negative or explosive manner.

Strong leaders allow everyone to feel comfortable and safe. For instance, if you had a disagreement with a coworker regarding a project, being a strong leader will allow the two of you to avoid hurting one another and to reach your goal without alienating one another. They speak in a calm, conversational tone while using expressions and gestures that match what they are saying.

How to Be a Strong Leader?

In other words, being an aggressive business leader doesn’t scare employees into respecting you. Let along improve their morale. For your employees to be productive and motivated at work, then you simply have to respect them. Always remember that arrogance and superiority have never looked attractive on anyone. It only prevents people from helping you.

Here are some tips to help you become a strong business leader.

1. Know Your Motives.

One of the differences between strong and aggressive leader s is the driving force behind the communication. Are you being primarily driven by emotion, or are you being thoughtful and deliberate? When speaking to others, strong leaders demonstrate passion and willingness to listen.

Knowing what drives your communication with your employees helps avoid overly-emotional, gut-wrenching confrontation. A strong response makes the same point as the aggressive response but in a more deliberate and thoughtful manner. This helps you communicate strong leadership without being perceived as a tyrant or bully.

2. Stride Slowly but Surely

Aggressive leaders tend to be rapid-fire when communicating with their people, which makes the interaction unsatisfying and unproductive. This happens because they lack focus and feel frustrated on their role.

On the other hand , strong leaders still ask snappy questions, but they pace their questioning in a way that will allow their listeners to think and respond accordingly. This results in a more effective questioning that produces solutions not confusion or frustration.

3. Monitor Your Tone

Last but not least, you can avoid being an aggressive leader by being mindful of your tone. If statistics are anything to go by, the tone of voice is one of the primary reasons why misunderstanding s occur. Just how the tone of your voice when speaking can instigate hurt feelings, or even an argument, the wrong tone of voice in your content can also put off employees and worst – potential customers.

The words of an aggressive leader cuts like a sharp blade. The tone of strong leaders, on the other hand , tend to be smooth and even. They deliver the same message, but the way they say it makes all the difference.

No one wants to be a business leader that is too aggressive. However, having a reputation for being weak is strongly undesirable as well. Overall, you can be a strong leader without being too aggressive. By knowing the stark difference between the two, you will be able to become a business leader that everyone will love to follow.