Being a leader, in our humble opinion, is a talent that one acquires over time. For instance, a child grows up seeing his parents coming up with solutions to expand the family business. At times, he may become entrusted with the task of looking after the younger siblings too while mom and dad are either cleaning or cooking. More importantly, they can further hone this talent at school when the teachers enable them to lead a project or speak for the entire class.
This pattern often allows people to develop leadership skills. It starts with the chores and small activities that all kids have to do. When they move up to high school or college, they may consider heading various organizations and inspiring others to follow their example. That can transcend to adulthood when they are ready to enter the workforce and lead a company towards its success.
“Great leaders understand how to balance emotion with reason and make decisions that positively impact themselves, their employees, their customers and stakeholders, and their organizations.” – Larina Kase, PsyD.
The primary question that may now be in your head is, “What are those qualities that make a leading figure excellent?”
From the get-go, a true leader shows off his never-back-down attitude. It is not always easy to do, mainly if you are new in the industry. Many of your colleagues may give up and let the veterans complete a rather complicated job, but that does not float your boat. You prove to your supervisors that you can do anything. Patrick Hyland, Ph.D. suggests, “If you have gone through burnout, the good news is this: you can use this experience to become a stronger, wiser, and more resilient person. But that will require intentional effort on your part and a commitment to practicing self-care.”
Leaders do not believe in limitations. You try to learn what you do not have a fundamental knowledge of and show that there is nothing you cannot do. There may be pitfalls along the way, as well as detractors, yet you keep on pushing forward until everyone sees that you are meant to lead, not follow.
The folks who have the potential to become trailblazers never do a task with 50 percent of their abilities. They have a goal – to demonstrate the things they can do and more – and so they are not satisfied with a job that’s merely done halfway. Instead, you may see them leaving the office a few hours after the shift. Sometimes they may not even sleep to finish their project. That is a high level of commitment that you won’t notice from regular employees.
Of course, success may not often be the result of someone’s hard work. It can fail too, no matter how much you try to salvage the plan. Although it is unfortunate, it is during these tough times that you can tell who’s ready to take on a leadership role. After all, a person who is only after fame and money will blame the problem on others. A true leader will accept his mistakes and try to correct it as best as he can.
Individuals who are at the helm of a company tend to meet people from all walks of life. Sometimes you may come across normal-wage earners. Other times, you have to be in the same room as foreign dignitaries. Because of that, it is vital for a frontrunner to show confidence in any situation.
- Great Speaker
Lastly, it is only a leader who can speak his mind in front of colleagues and not look like a fool. You have a vibrant vision of what you want to achieve or do, after all. You will not need to advertise yourself to catch others’ attention because your simple words are enough to make people stop and listen to you.
Melanie Greenberg, a clinical psychologist, wrote, “Great leaders speak to the best in us – they inspire us to reach for the stars and to become what we dream of being. Through inspiring stories and personal connection, leaders motivate and energize followers towards goals that exemplify positive values for the organization and society.”
To Sum Things Up
A true leader is not only an excellent communicator but is also resilient, persistent, confident and committed. In times of emergency, his colleagues can rely on him or her to come up with possible solutions. He owns up to any mishap that folks see on the project as well, regardless if the fault comes from a subordinate.
If you realize that you have such qualities and more, then congratulations. You can potentially head a department or the entire company you are working at someday. Good luck!