When choosing a leader, we always kept in mind that humility provides clarity where arrogance makes a cloud. The last thing we wanted was to be led by someone whose judgment and actions were clouded by arrogance. – The Laokta Qay When the best leader’s work is done the people say, “We did it ourselves”. – Lao Tzu Ronald Reagan said, “Some people live an entire lifetime wondering if they ever made a difference in the world.”
According to Merriam-Webster Inc., a leader is defined as “a person who has commanding authority or influence”. This definition, however, is very vague as well as void of the important individuality that each person brings to the concept of leadership. It is for this reason that the qualities of a “good leader” are difficult to define. Each individual comes to the table with different leadership styles, experiences, and philosophies. What is important is that each leader takes the time to evaluate not only his or her own leadership strengths and weaknesses, but also the needs and dynamics of the group with which they will be working. Who are the leaders in your life? Often times the most influential leaders in our lives are not famous or well known. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things (no matter how small) and make an indelible impact in our lives. These are the true people in our lives that we look up to. Take some time to think about these phenomenal people. Why do you look up to them? What qualities do they exhibit that make them invaluable leaders in your life? How do you want to emulate them? Thinking through this activity will allow you to develop a list of leadership qualities that you feel are important to possess to be a “good leader”. Leadership and management are crucial to individual and organizational success in today’s challenging global environment. Leaders conceive and initiate strategies that create and sustain competitive differentiation and advantage. A good manager is a man who is not worried about his own career but rather the careers of those who work for him. Be the boss you would like to work for. Give yourself the crucial foundational skills to shift from being an individual contributor to a well-respected manager who can achieve team synergy and drive bottom-line performance.