So, do you think that anyone can be a leader?
There are always a few exceptions to every rule, however, I believe that most of us do have the potential to be a leader.
We are born with an empty slate, and its up to us our whole life to "unlock" all of our strengths and be the best that we can be.
Being a true leader involves a great deal of responsibility. Here's what I mean by this.
Too often I have come across people in high level management positions who do not realize the responsibility that they have to their team. While managers may share similar work responsibilities , there are certain traits that will separate the manager from the leader. Here are some of those traits and characteristics that matter the most.
One of the biggest mistake that I've seen managers make is that they lack an internal vision. It seems that more and more managers are achieving their positions mainly by being elevated to the position due to tenure. This is not a manager that you would want above you.
Every company needs a leader at every level – not just at the highest level.
A leader must be trusted and show integrity.
A leader thinks outside of the box.
A leader inspires dedication by setting a good example – and does so with conviction.
Leaders give credit to members of the team when it is due, and also take responsibility when things go wrong.
A leader doesn't only listen to what's in their own head, but also is open to the ideas of others.
A leader shows genuine empathy.
Intelligence is not an indicator or a guarantee of anyone's ability to be a leader.
Having said that, the more information you gather about yourself – your strengths and abilities – the better you can channel them to help you achieve all that you want to in your career, and your life.
A genuine leader has a gift at being able to not only "manage" a group of people, but to do so with respect, and guidance, and to feel responsible for helping the entire team reach their goals.
Some managers treat people like they are a number. You need to really understand why you want to be a leader – you need to understand yourself first over anything else – realizing just how much energy that is required to be effective in a management position. You need to understand that there will be sacrifices made that may keep you from your family, and this will not always be easy.
A manager or leader will constantly be pulled in many different directions at once, but it is their core strength that will drive them continuously forward, while providing support to those around them, as well. They are not someone who feels "above" others, but rather try to inspire others to see their vision, and help them achieve it.
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The best way to rate a leader's success is to look at the team that he is leading.
IF HIS TEAM IS FAILING MISERABLY, THEN SO IS HE, and he should take some responsibility and blame for their failure.
Take sports, for example. Coaches are undeniably a huge influential force on their teams, and if they are not leading the team effectively, it doesn't matter what skill you have or not. Rather, It is how the coach, their leader, molds them and channels their skills will all of the players needs and abilities in mind. He cannot disregard any member of his team, but digs deep within himself to find ways to enable his team to run efficiently and effectively. In a way, they are like his "children", whom he will nurture and guide and put all of his energies into making them better. He is their mentor – and takes his job very seriously. He is passing his leadership skills onto the team, not to make them robots of what he wants them to do, but to give them the necessary "tools" that will excel them further in their careers.
We all know what it is like to have bad leaders…We've had them in our jobs, in our kids schools, and running our country. But the one point that every leader should maintain is that leaders should pave the way for future leaders. Their wisdom and knowledge will help others to know and understand just what it takes to lead.
True leaders have a gift at being able to not only "manage" a group of people, but to do so with respect, and guidance, and to feel responsible for helping the entire team reach their goals. The best way to rate a leader's success is to look at the team that he is leading. He cannot disregard any member of his team, but digs deep within himself to find ways to enable his team to run efficiently and effectively.
Managers need to be leaders.
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