“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
There’s been an incessant debate going on for as long as forever whether leaders are born or made. Some say leaders are born. The genetic code of a person decides whether a person has the ability and innate charisma to lead his flock out of difficult situations or stimulate them to explore the unknown like Captain Kirk. Others are of the view that leadership acumen is something anyone can acquire through honing one’s skills with practice, experience & proper mentoring.
So, what’s the final verdict—born or developed?
It seems that both arguments are right. There have been instances where people have been leading throughout their lives—from their school days to leading an organization. While others have spent years learning the art through sheer hard work and rigor. Whatever the case may be, there are certain traits that are universal to leaders across the globe.
In this post, I have listed 10 qualities that you can learn to develop and master to one-day see yourself transforming into the leader you have always revered and idolized.
- They Inspire you to Achieve Great Things
Life is too short to waste on doing things everyone else in the world is also doing. To excel in your field, you need to do things which are out of the ordinary. And a leader is one who shows you how to do a particular task. He also gives you the freedom and resources to achieve greater things in life.
- They Motivate you Beyond Money
It’s very easy to lure your employees by showing them monetary benefits but a true leader knows what make individuals tick beyond a dollar bill. While no one hates money but a true leader will show you the way towards the ultimate prosperity and well-being in the form of the right path to success in your career.
- They Ask for your Advice
A true leader trusts his employees/subordinates/team like anything. They recognize people who are a valuable resource and get involved with them so that they are able to make impactful decisions on their own.
- They say “We” more than “I”
The easiest thing for a person to do is to claim to be the number one and announce it every now and then. A leader understands the importance of “We” as he is the one who takes all the blame in an adverse situation and gives the credit of success to everyone.
- They Adore you
While this aspect is somewhat peculiar, a true leader contributes to your long-term success. He wants you to achieve all the triumphs in both personal and professional life. They show it with their action and words so that a person know he is being adored and cared.
- Helping in Being Disciplined
Apart from other aspects, discipline is one factor that makes a person achieve standard and prominence in his work. Discipline is of course not something that your boss can teach you like a toddler or school going fifth-grader. You have to show it with your action and a leader oozes discipline all through his career so that others can follow suit.
- They Stay Later than You
Another aspect through which leaders make sure they are respected and taken seriously is by coming to the workplace among the few early ones and leave very late at night. They do it to oversee the matters of the work and lead by example that if they can work hard, others can.
- Ask for More
Now, this point is very tricky but equally riveting. A leader knows the potential of a worker and gives him work which he thinks it’s impossible to complete. However, after putting up a hard effort, he will soon realize that actually, he was able to finish the task without much problem. That’s where the vision of a leader comes into play as he can foresee what others cannot.
- They are Generous
Leaders portray generosity like no other. In this age where people look to save even a single penny by waiting for bargain offers or Black Friday sales, a true leader is generous enough to offer his employees or workers anything which they really deserve. And it is not confined to just money but includes many other benefits an employee looks forward to.
- A Sense of Humor
Leaders portray a strong and clever sense of humor through which they attract other people’s attention. Even laughing at their own mistakes is something only a great leader can because it is not easy to look at your own mistake/shortcoming and then try to rectify it in a light-hearted manner.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”– John Quincy Adams
Over to you
Leadership isn’t like flipping the switch of your light bulb to turn it on at will. Inborn charisma and charm provide additional help but in the end, it’s an art that takes time and a ton of effort to master. No one can be the perfect leader and there’s no winning formula to becoming one. It’s something that we, as aspiring leaders, must learn as we continue to tread the path of countless positive and negative experiences in our personal and professional lives. I hope you would’ve found a couple of good pointers to enhance your leadership skills in this piece of writing. Wish to convert this monolog into a conversation? Then hit the comments section below and let me know what you have on your mind and we’ll take it from there.