A leader is that one that is able to recognize opportunities for a better future and capable of influencing others. Unfortunately, not all the people that are in decision making positions are leaders. Often times, we see people occupying a chief position within an organization but they lack of those traits and behaviors that make a person a true leader. Then, what it happens in those cases is that the subordinates end up being weak and unhappy followers affecting the outcome of the organization.
Until recently, the stereotype of leaders was that they were something different and that perhaps they were superior to others. But in reality, a leader has the same skills and qualities than many other people; the difference is that a leader uses those skills and qualities to make a difference. With globalization, leaders are now facing new challenges and more pressure and the new leaders’ abilities should be according to these new challenges.
When you interact with a true leader, you can promptly recognize it; his or her personality attracts like a magnet. A true leader is honest, humble, kind, amicable, determined, good listener, open mind, confident, driven, and collaborative.
I think that one of the main characteristics of a true leader is that he or she is a risk taker. To better describe it, I’ll use one of my favorite quotes: “To try is to risk failure. But risk must be taken because the greatest hazard of life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow, live, and love.” Leo Buscaglia.
I believe that some of the leadership skills are innate with the person but other skills can be learned. Can you imagine how different organizations and governments would be if those who are in chief positions were willing to develop those leadership skills that they might be lacking of?
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