Leadership – “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” – Douglas MacArthur
Business Mandate “Sachit Jain” said view leadership with its spelling. The meaning of every letter of LEADERSHIP itself explain you how to be a good leader .
Best Leadership Qualities
L for Love
Most people would say they love their spouse, their children, sibling, and parents and so on. This means the relationship is dependent on the other person and his/her relationship with you.
The leader is a person who becomes love personified. His love out to the entire humanity; may be to all living beings. Such a person treats people very well and is very lavish with his appreciation for his job well done. Respect automatically flows from him and juniors feel extremely comfortable conferring with him or giving suggestions.
E for Energy
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”- Sam Walton
The leader is full of self-generated energy. He is the person around whom people get automatically energized. This means that there is a kind of natural dynamo inside the leader which is continuously generating this energy in him and around him. This leads to a positive environment created around him, which help in so far superior performance.
A for Action.
“Actions, not words, are the ultimate results of leadership.” – Bill Owens
Action alignment is another very powerful attribute of leadership. And again, not only is leader action oriented, but also around him people get action oriented, but also around him people get action oriented.
D for development of People
“Good leadership consists of showin average people how to do the work of superior people.” – John D. Rockefeller
Superior results are not possible unless there is a team of people around the leader who are constantly getting developed. The key again is that he need not actively go around developing people. Around him an environment gets created that people automatically get developed.
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E for Emotion
The leader is a person who is in touch with his emotions. He can easily empathize with his people. He can understand what is going on in their minds. It is only when a leader has an emotional connection with his people, results take place automatically. His people will be willing to go all out to achieve results around such a person.
R for Role model
The above consequences take place only when the people see their leader as a role model. People want to learn from the leader and want to become more and more like him.
S is Self- awareness.
“Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.” – W. Clement Stone
Most bosses spend a lot of effort in trying to change their subordinates .I think it is fruitless trying to change others and for more beneficial to work on change oneself. To become self – aware, however it is important to spend some time alone with ourselves and reflect on our lives. It is important to become aware of our thoughts, words and our action. Such a leader automatically becomes a much calmer person and exudes and inner strength which is very assuring to his team.
H for Happiness
A leader is not only calm from within, is an essentially happy person and an optimist about life. The joy for life that he feels is very infectious and spreads to others around him. In our lives we take all the good things we have for granted. We can see, we can walk, and we can eat, breathe and so on. There are many of us who don’t even realize that each one of these is a special gift we have been given and so to be grateful for that. Gratitude brings about a feeling of internal happiness.
I for Inspiration.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
Such a person who is happy, who is self-aware, is a role model. He automatically inspires people. The team of such a leader is always trying to exceed the expectations of the leader.
P for passion
“My philosophy of leadership is to surround myself with good people who have ability, judgment and knowledge, but above all, a passion for service.” – Sonny Perdue
The leader has to believe in a cause and with such passion that he almost becomes the cause itself. He has to be totally consumed by it. Again it should be something uplifting that actually not much effort should be required for him to develop passion for it. Also the idea actually should be one that comes from within and is not some latest fad that has been picked up from some place.
Along the way, such a person inspires others. They may want to follow his path and end up getting transformed.
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