5 qualities of a true leader
Each of us is a leader in a specific field: at work, among friends, in family. For many to be a leader means to control others. Those who hold this point of view, one finds: the more they try to keep others under control, the less influence they have. Paradox!
For someone leadership is directly related to power, but they forget that you can be a leader and is quite normal position. When a man sees that something must be done, its ordinary position won’t stop him from taking initiative; he’d just take responsibility and do what needs. True leadership has nothing to do with advantage over others, high status or prestige. It is concerned with the discovery and realization of the potential of other people. Leadership is not the power of one, and the result of joint work of many people.
Unfortunately, today many men want to be leaders because of their own apathy and laziness. They would have gladly lived life quietly and simply, while they will have to answer others. However, society needs leaders. If you have to be a leader, you’re ready to take the challenge?
To be a leader can be every person, possessing five qualities, about which we will tell you in today’s column.
1. The ability to make decisions
A good leader can think through each task from beginning to end. The decision should be taken in a period of calm before the storm, and the upcoming stress, fear and chaos will approve you in the decision. In any situation there is an opportunity to retreat, sort of a back door, a chance to shirk responsibility and choose safety and peace of mind. But did win a decent way out of difficult situations is the best reward? A true leader makes a decision and, having done it once, does not doubt the correctness of his choice. He knows what is right and not suffering in the grip of indecision, and calmly accepts the challenge. A good leader not panicking, screams and tries to hide her helpless imitation of rough activity. With such a leader, everyone feels very confident, he is like a strong anchor in the storm.
How to learn to make decisions
Don’t wait for a crisis that will force you to act. Think about your goals and make a plan how you’ll respond to a crisis situation, what will you do in the case of each particular difficulty. Don’t wait for the problem to grow to enormous sizes and you panic and begin to take positions. Practice on some household task and see: no panic, no hesitation — you just remember your plan and will follow it.
2. The willingness to risk
Who does not risk does not drink champagne. High achievements come only to those who are willing to take the risk. A leader who selects only the well-trodden road that never will come to success. The prospect of living without risk, of course, attractive, this quiet haven of security and comfort often lured many into the trap of apathy and routine. A weak man will always hesitate to take the risk: it attracts what he will be able to get a result, but at the same time paralyzed by fear of defeat. Remember that from failure you can learn a lesson: never provalilis, the person does not know their limits, their potential, their abilities. The one who never lacks courage, does not notice that he is running a serious risk of the possible: it risks to stop the development, be lazy soul and not notice anything around him that would be worth his efforts.
How to learn to risk
The fear of risky antics is a common thing. You fail to take a big risk if you do not risk on trifles. So find for yourself in everyday life the possibility of risk for minor reasons. It may be just a conversation with a stranger. Think about what scares you: for example, the need to speak in public and do it. If you spend every day to overcome yourself, you will develop the ability to conquer your own fears and understand that the risk still stands. Eventually you will learn to take risks and in big matters, when requested by your leader.
3. The willingness to share rewards with subordinates
A good leader, supremely confident in their own abilities, humbly acknowledges that no success is their achievement, no matter how big was his role. He is deeply grateful to all those whose efforts had achieved a high result. The leader understands human nature: all people want recognition, they want their appreciated. When the organization or just a group of people achieves success, a true leader shows his gratitude to his subordinates. When people see that the leader is humble and shares with them the success, they even more want to follow him.
How to learn to share the success with employees
To share the success just. Often, in order for man to realize that he was appreciated enough public recognition or a simple postcard «Thank you.» When you thank or praise someone, try to be as specific as possible. So people will understand that you are knowledgeable about exactly what he does; you will feel that interest in him.
4. Willingness to take the blame
This is the option by which you can distinguish a good leader from a bad one. A real leader is ready at the same time in two opposite scenarios. He is ready to share with employees the success and at the same time knows how to behave if the case failed. If the leader begins to look for the culprits in the General failure and take all responsibility for it, people will lose confidence in him. A true leader takes responsibility for all the consequences of the decisions, including the bad. Even if the failure is the fault of a subordinate, a true leader will think he did wrong. He may have given unclear instructions or put a man on the wrong post. After the leader has taken responsibility, he begins to take steps to rectify the situation.
How to learn to take the blame
When you take responsibility for the failure, you must be sincere. The admission slip must stem from your conviction that the cause is primarily responsible to you. If you pled guilty just for show, it will be boyish, not manly. Don’t play the Martyr or to seek approval for the fact that you took responsibility. In addition, no need to publicly flaunt that responsibility, then in an informal setting to tell their subordinates that took the blame for the sake of their skins. It will look fake and will undermine your credibility.
5. A real leader, strong nerves, which help him to survive storm and disappointment and every day to start with a clean slate, not concentrating on their successes and not agnetas lesions.
Even the strongest leaders in history had moments of dizzying success and brutal defeats. A true leader focuses on what he can change and he can influence, and the past does not belong to the list of these things. If you failed, you will make conclusions from this and will immediately cease to worry, and failure will do you good. The constant torment over what has passed will never help you. Moreover, people who are following you, lost faith in you.
Celebrate the victory with his subordinates and move on. If the leader is fixated on past achievements, it says that he does not set himself goals. As we learn from the story of king David, often the arrogance of the leaders is the reason for their decline.
How not to focus on the past
Read the biography of great men. When you learn more about the lives of great leaders, you will realize that even they have had moments of profound failures. You realize that the only failure is not to say that you are not able to manage. A famous example of rulers will show you what a good leader has a lot to achieve.