Leadership is a set of skills and qualities that are attained through training, practice, drive, and experience.
Leaders are constantly working hard, and continually enrolled in self-development to improve their skills and qualities.
They are determined, committed, and goal driven, in addition to being result focused.
But what makes a good leader?
The primary quality for leaders is to be able to have influence on others to accomplish tasks and attain end goals. Leaders must also contribute to the organization and the community that they are part of.
Leadership is not about power over others, nor about using authority for personal gains. It is about working with your subordinates, encouraging them towards the common goals. It is putting everyone on the same page and helping them see the big picture of the organization.
To achieve that you must get others to follow you. How is this accomplished?
Defining a clear sense of purpose will tell people that you know where you are heading and ultimately, they will follow your steps.
You need to understand the vision and goals of the organization. You will need to know the executives and hierarchy system, and how the organization works.
Being a leader is about you and what you know and do; you reflect your subordinates.
Building trust and confidence with your subordinates is essential in leadership. It helps in growing the cohesion and strength of the team.
Another key aspect of leadership is, without a doubt, communication. Communication of any information across the team must be clear and consistent.
Decision making is another crucial skill of a leader. The ability to assess situations and look at the pros and cons objectively and seek out solutions. Your ability as a leader to use wisdom in your judgement is what makes your team look up to you.
You are a leader of a team, that means you are a key player in the team. The do-it-all mentality will not pay off as leader. Be open to suggestions of your team and accept criticism. Use your team to improve your skills.
Recognize your team’s strengths and weaknesses. This will strengthen the cohesion of the team.
Leadership takes tremendous amount of work and time. Becoming a leader will return in abundance when serving a community. Remember, leadership is not only about you, but the people around you.