What separates a great leader from an ordinary one? Is there a secret formula for becoming an inspiration leader of men? There’s no magic potion that can turn you into a leader in the blink of an eye. If becoming a great leader was as simple as that, we wouldn’t be so starved for quality leaders.
The age-old debate on leadership, essentially boils down to the following question: are leaders born with qualities that set them apart from the rest of us, or do they acquire these qualities? The answer lies somewhere in between, as it usually does for complex questions, and it’s a combination of nature and nurturing that makes a good leader, great.
There’s very little we can do about what qualities we are born with. But by honing the skills we possess and working on our personality traits, we can take steps towards becoming a strong and charismatic leader, capable of bringing about positive transformation in people and processes.
Imbibing and developing the following traits will help you become a leader to be reckoned with:
- Take Responsibility for Your Mistakes and Learn From Them
Well, you may be a great leader, but you still are human. You are not the first leader to make a mistake, and won’t be the last. Everyone makes mistakes, the trick is to not to repeat them. When at fault, admit that you made a wrong decision and learn from your experience. Always remember – bad decisions make for good lessons.
- Lead Through Example
Leading by example is one of the most important qualities of a great leader. Whether it’s a classroom, a sports field, or a corporate office, you have to practice what you preach in order to inspire trust among your followers. By setting an example before others, you will be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of your beliefs and actions. Great leaders are doers, and believe in taking initiative. It’s their ability to do the right thing without being told that makes them great. It’s only when you start practising what you believe, that you take your first step towards greatness.
- Put the Needs of Those Around You Before Yours
Without empathy and compassion for your fellow men and women, your dream of becoming a truly inspirational leader will remain just that – a dream. Treating people around you right and genuinely caring for their needs will help you earn their respect and confidence. Your sincere care and concern for the well-being of others – your students, your team members, or your townspeople – will not go unnoticed and unrewarded.
- Motivate and Inspire People Into Taking Action
While doing what you think is right with no one else by your side is commendable, it’s not enough. As an aspiring inspirational leader you need to motivate and mobilize others too into getting involved and taking action. Getting people to rally around you is easier said than done. Fortunately, there are other ways besides compelling oratory that can inspire people into action. From genuine passion for the cause, to rewards for participation, there are several ways to get people behind you.
- Be Positive and Have Confidence
A strong sense of self-worth and positive outlook towards life will help you overcome challenges that you are bound to face from time to time as a leader. Becoming a great leader is often about seeing past the present troubles and difficulties to focus your energies and those of your followers on the better times that lie ahead. In difficult times it’s your positivism and reservoirs of confidence that will give you the strength to carry on and lead others with admirable conviction.
These qualities and a few more like sound judgement, courage to act, and restraint will help you become a truly inspirational and great leader of people.
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