Are Leaders Born Or Made?
There are only three kinds of people in this world. The first kind of people are the type who actively participate in the game we call life and MAKE things happen. The second kind of people are the type who sit back on the sidelines and WATCH things happen. The third kind of people are the type who have no idea one way or the other and asks the second group of people,”What happened?” Which one are you?
This article is about leadership and the attributes that every leader embodies to one degree or another.
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Characteristics Of A Leader…
Are You A Leader Or A Follower?
Being a leader is both challenging and rewarding. Julius Ceasar, Alexander The Great, Abraham Lincoln, Fredrick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Barack Obama-what do all of these people have in common? That’s right, They are ALL considered LEADERS of the past and present. Imagine millions of people looking up to YOU! So what does it take to be a leader? The following five qualities are common in every leader on all levels:
– ACCOUNTABILITY (Every leader takes FULL responsibility for their actions and the actions of others)
– COMMITMENT (Leaders are committed to whatever task, project, or mission they take on from start to finish)
– RISK TAKER (Leaders are aware of the fact that great risk equal great reward, no pain no gain)
– VISIONARY (Leaders have the ability to analyze trends and apply creative ideas for the future)
– MOTIVATOR (Leaders motivate people to do activities that they otherwise would not do on their own)
Are leaders made or born? Behavioral experts have been debating this question for several decades. Personally, I feel that leaders are developed. What do you think? The military is a perfect example because ordinary civilians are molded into well trained SOLDIERS. Furthermore, some of those soldiers are molded even further into OFFICERS after proving themselves in combat or other very important tasks.
In other words, one cannot become a leader without first following orders.
Now don’t get it confused. When I ask the question: “Are You A Leader Or A Follower?”, I do not mean to offend anyone. I am simply saying if you want to lead, being a follower is a MANDATORY prerequisite. So it is okay to follow as long as you plan on advancing to the next level-LEADERSHIP! “The 21 Irrefutable Laws Of Leadership” written by John Maxwell is an excellent book that goes into great detail about being a leader. Anyone looking to lead other people DEFINITELY should pick up a copy from your local Barnes And Nobles or Borders bookstore.
Another must read is “How To Win Friends And Influence People” written by Dale Carnegie. Please feel free to post comments with other leadership books that YOU think are invaluable to one’s leadership development education.
Five Additional Qualities Of A Leader…
– INTEGRITY (REAL leaders tell it like it is or what you see is what you get)
– GOAL SETTER ( Leaders possess the ability to set goals and TAKE ACTION towards achieving each one)
– STUDENT (Leaders are ALWAYS reading and learning in a effort to contribute more VALUE to the world)
– KNOWLEDGABLE (Leaders are WISE as a result of accumulative trial and error over time)
– FOCUSED (Leaders are able to stay focused on set goals despite obstacles, distractions, and unforseen circumstances)
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