Amidst globalization in these modern times, the need for good leaders has become crucial in all spheres of life—social, economic, political, and cultural. A leader helps channelize masses to achieve one particular goal, which is the synthesis and amalgamation of different qualities, ideas, and thoughts.
I have come across many good leaders in my day-to-day life. My professors are the ones who lead the class while the principal leads the institution. These people are the pillars of support for students’ educational development. Their intellectual ability and talent help students realize their potential and reach newer heights. And it’s not just in an educational institution that we need good leaders. We need them everywhere.
A leader is not merely a person who is at the top of an established hierarchy. He or she is the face and identity of the group. It is a good leader who can help motivate everyone to establish that bond within the members of the group, which acts as an adhesive that keeps the group from crumbling.
Here are some qualities that make a good leader. Read on.
- Clarity in vision and belief in your mission is something people look forward to in a prospective leader. His or her vision should have the foresightedness to do something for the society, something which has a long-lasting impact on the nation or community.
- A good leader inspires us. He or she motivates us to take up ideas and roll with it. He needs to make people more confident and better performers. Good leaders are role models you look up to and aspire to be like them.
- A leader needs to be confident and bold. A weak and indecisive person cannot become a leader. He needs to be both psychologically and physically strong to beat any form of challenges.
- Oratory skills also play a key role. If the leader is able to communicate and sell his ideas to a crowd, then he is bound to be successful.
- Actions speak louder than words. It hold true for all leaders who need to lead by example. Commit to whatever you promise and people will support you!
- Lastly, it’s imperative to be able to take both positive and negative feedback with a pinch of salt. A person who is unwilling to take criticism will be a dictator, not a leader. Being democratic enough to understand others opinions, views and perspectives helps a person understand grievances and take new initiatives.
History is full of courageous leaders who created an indelible mark for themselves. The few names that come to my mind are Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Gautama Buddha, Savitribai Phule. They were examples of unparalleled strength and commitment. They had the conviction to make a difference and stand against all the odds. As Mahatma Gandhi rightly said—”Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” It aptly describes the point in question here. Only when you become the change, you have the ability to influence others for a better future.
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