A need for good leader is not restricted to business alone; leadership as a quality is essential in social, political, and educational areas as well. But what makes a good leader and how to be one? There are many factors that differentiate a leader who is accepted and the one who is appointed.
To purely define a leader one can say that – “a leader is a person who influences and guides others”. Qualities like intelligence, toughness, determination, and vision are required, but along with these what is also needed are qualities like self awareness, self-regulation, motivation and empathy. Social skill is another attribute of a good leader.These skills may sound soft and unprofessional but they play an important role in order to stand out from the crowd of thousand leaders.
There is an old saying “Managers make things right, but leaders do right things”. As a leader, you are responsible to not only inspire people around you but also stretch them to their limits so that your organization turns into a success story.
This is possible only when you do it yourself and prove yourself being one of them. We have many examples of successful leaders who are worth emulating. For example, Mahatma Gandhi. No doubt the situation was different at that time but the principle remains the same. He accomplished through his actions and led India to independence. When you lead by example, people look at you and say “If he can do it, then I can do it too”. However, when you lead by example, make it easy for others to follow too.
We have legendary businessman, Jack Welch of General Electric, who developed the idea of “boundary less organization” which means a way of holding “brainstorming session”. Instead of waiting for higher management to think, he asked his team to turn loose and he promised to listen to ideas from anyone in the company. He did, what he promised. He heard from the lowest line starting from a worker to senior authority. He knew he was right and the company achieved incredible success under his leadership.
Good leaders push their team with excitement, inspiration, trust and vision. It takes courage and strength to do the right thing at the right time for the right reason. Leadership qualities as they say, are not just we learn by getting trained in a playground or an army camp, but it’s also being aware of the journey of your team and also by getting trained from learn time scenarios.
It’s so important that Education academies offering full time and Distance learning programs make sure they train their students in leadership qualities, from which they will benefit hugely when they work in an active work environment.
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