Being a great leader no matter what you may think does not just happen overnight. Leadership is learned and earned. To be an effective leader you need to know how to find that fine line between leadership and followership and be able to take the right initiative and precautions to advancing to the leadership role. As a leader you develop the ability to set yourself aside from the rest of the world in a way without your followers being left out as Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) said, “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
Living with integrity, leading by example, building a great management team and inspiring employees or soldiers to greatness are some of the key points in being an effective leader. Most great leaders are passionate about what they do; they have the ability to communicate to diverse audiences. Leaders should focus on the people, inspire trust, and have their eyes set on the horizon. Many people confuse management and leadership. Peter F. Drucker said, “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” Being able to see the difference between being a manager and a leader is also a good leadership trait.
Is vision a good trait for an effective leader to obtain? The answer is yes. Vision not in the sense of someone’s eyesight but in the sense of how they view things is very important when it comes to the effectiveness of a good leader. Vision in the mental aspect helps the leader see what must be tomorrow, beyond what is today. Also vision is clarity, the people you work for help you see the vision, and vision is also a worthy commitment. Having the right vision can inspire the people who are under you and it could create a meaning so to speak in their lives. It can also motivate your followers and give them the energy to do better in what they are doing.
Being a leader you must understand that everyone is not going to agree with you. With that being said you should not let that hinder or alter your performance when leading people. Also as a leader you must understand and become adaptable to the fact that everyone that works under you is different. No two people are the same. You will be have to be able to coexist and make certain accommodations to your environment. As a leader you must be able to instill into others as well as yourself that both failure and success are allowed. Understanding that no one is perfect not even you will also help you maintain your ability as an effective leader.
Many people want to be at the top so bad and want to be this great leader and do all these things for the people but they fail to realize what it really takes and what effective leaders actually have to go through on a day to day basis. Being at the top and being a leader isnt easy at all. Many leaders experience a lot of hardships, and trials mixed with tribulations but knowing what to do...