How to Become an Ideal Leader
Copyright © Craig Warren
When you are at work, do you get frustrated because things
don’t seem to be happening the way they’re supposed to be?
You see people milling around but nothing gets
accomplished. And in the daily hustle and bustle, do you
feel that your goals remain just that goals. Then maybe
its time for you to stand up and do something about it.
Most people are content just to stand around listening for
orders. And it isn’t unusual to adopt a follow-the-leader
mentality. But maybe, somewhere inside of you, you feel
the desire to make things happen to be the head, not the
tail. Then maybe leadership just suits you fine.
Some people believe that great leaders are made, not born.
Yes, it may be true that some people are born with natural
talents. However, without practice, without drive, without
enthusiasm and without experience, there can be no true
development in leadership.
You must also remember that good leaders are continually
working and studying to improve their natural skills.
This takes a commitment to constantly improve in whatever
endeavor a person chooses.
First of all, let’s define leadership. To be a leader, one
must be able to influence others to accomplish a goal or
an objective. He contributes to the organization and
cohesion of a group.
Contrary to what most people believe leadership is not
about power. It is not about harassing people or driving
them using fear. It is about encouraging others towards
the goal of the organization. It is putting everyone on
the same page and helping them see the big picture of the
organization. You must be a leader not a boss.
First of all, you have to get people to follow you. How is
People follow others when they see a clear sense of purpose.
People will only follow you if they see that you know where
you are going. Remember that bumper sticker? The one that
says, don’t follow me, I’m lost too? The same holds true
for leadership. If you yourself do not know where you’re
headed to, chances are people will not follow you at all.
You yourself must know the vision of the organization.
Having a clear sense of hierarchy, knowing who the bosses
are, who to talk to, the organization’s goals and objectives
and how the organization works is the only way to show others
you know what you are doing.
Being a leader is not about what you make others do. It’s
about who you are, what you know and what you do. You are
a reflection of what you’re subordinates must be.
Studies have shown that one other bases of good leadership
is the trust and confidence your subordinates have of you.
If they trust you they will go through hell and high water
for you and for the organization.
Trust and confidence is built on good relationships,
trustworthiness and high ethics.
The way you deal with your people and the relationships you
build will lay the foundation for the strength of your group.
The stronger your relationship, the stronger their trust and
confidence is in your capabilities.
Once you have their trust and confidence, you may now proceed
to communicate the goals and objectives you are to undertake.
Communication is a very important key to good leadership.
Without this you can not be a good leader. The knowledge and
technical expertise you have must be clearly imparted to other
Also, you can not be a good leader and unless you have good
judgment. You must be able to assess situations, weigh the
pros and cons of any decision and actively seek out a
It is this judgment that your subordinates will come to rely
upon. Therefore, good decision-making is vital to the success
of your organization.
Leaders are not do-it-all heroes. You should not claim to
know everything and you should not rely upon your skills
You should recognize and take advantage of the skills and
talents your subordinates have. Only when you come to this
realization will you be able to work as one cohesive unit.
Remember being a leader takes a good deal of work and time.
It is not learned overnight. Remember also that it is not
about just you. It is about you and the people around you.
So, do you have the drive and the desire to serve required
of leaders? Do you have the desire to work cooperatively with
other people? Then start now. Take your stand and be leader
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