It is said that leaders are born, not made. In other words, leadership is a quality that can not be inculcated, it is inborn. It’s not always a necessity to be born a leader in order to become an effective natural leader.
But just anything else, leadership can be learned. A true leader is one who dares to dream differently and creates a following by influencing others to take his path to reach a common goal that benefits all.
Leadership Inspires Others
A leader may not be in a position of authority but may still be able to influence people and their actions. This is because he inspires trust in others. But why is it that only a few manage to inspire this trust? Firstly and most importantly a person who works selflessly for the common good will always inspire trust. This does not mean merely working for the common good; it also includes the ability to communicate to others, to make them see that his path will lead to the common good. For this it is important to build trust through transparency of action, of letting your followers know that you are a part of them and they can question you, your path and your integrity at any time without hesitation and that you will answer them. A true leader is never above his group. He should always be open to suggestions and stay in touch with the ground team. Thus leadership involves knowing yourself, communicating with others and setting an example. A true leader does not just preach, he sets an example through his actions, he shows the way; he does not tell the way.
Leaders Know Their People
It is but natural that people follow those who know their work, so a leader should have knowledge, knowledge about the aim and knowledge of the path that he shows to others. Before you convince others of your path you have to believe in it yourself. Conviction and belief brings energy and enthusiasm which is always infectious and pushes everyone to action. Beyond knowledge is responsibility, a leader should be able to take responsibility of his actions as well as that of the group he is leading. Leadership does not mean blaming others when things go wrong, but it means taking responsibility, learning from one’s mistakes and moving forward to greater heights. It also means to make realistic assessments and to plan ahead accordingly, to make the right decision at the right time.
Leadership involves knowing the pulse of your followers, of understanding their needs, their aspirations and their motivation. You can not handle everyone by the same method, some need to be motivated, some who are already motivated need to be guided in the right direction. Further, always keep them informed; followers should feel they are a part of what is going on.
Leadership Rises to the Situation
One of the main attributes of leadership is the situation, a person who rises to the situation, takes charge and leads the group to success. Leadership means challenging the existing model or rather thinking beyond the obvious and the tried and tested methods. But it is not all about rebellion; it is becoming the catalyst of change without losing sight of the aim. That, my friend is true leadership.
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