Leadership comes with great responsible. As a leader, misconduct can ruin your reputation. The rulebook of professional code of conduct is ever- expanding but with great leadership qualities you can be a person of influence. Leaders are people of exceptional character who are able to find the path and lead others through it. Vision, teamwork, empowerment and trust are the hallmarks of a true leader. Whether we are following or leading, we are all leaders and should conduct ourselves properly in other to be good ambassadors of our people. One who leads must develop vitality, aliveness and a deep feeling of shared value among his people. You must consciously lead if you want your team to move from good to great.
Leadership can be defined as the ability and capability of an individual to influence, inspire and encourage others to contribute their best toward the betterment and success of the group. A person who can bring about change, therefore, is one who has the potentiality to be a leader. One quality does not fit all for leaders. Leaders are different as the organizations they lead. What and who they are in relation to the set they lead determines their ability to lead and the willingness of the people to follow.
No matter the kind of group different leaders lead, generally, some qualities must be possessed by a leader for him to conduct himself professionally and lead with a positive difference.
* Belief: A leader must believe in his ability to lead the people rightly. Belief strengthens your power of achievement. If you do not belief in yourself and abilities, nobody will believe you.
* Self-awareness: Proper knowledge of your skills, passions, strengths and values will help you in your leadership journey. You can’t give what you don’t have, therefore, you must know yourself and lead yourself before you can lead others well.
* Wisdom: This is the principal thing. It will help you to maximize your intelligences and know when to say or do things right. Wisdom gives you hindsight, insight and foresight.
* Effective Communication and Connection: The ability to create common ground matters a lot in leadership. The capability to listen and understand the thoughts, concerns and ideas of your people will help you greatly in leading. This virtue will help you connect well with them and gives you the platform to easily communicate your thoughts clearly to them. A vision is nothing until it can be sold.
Every leader who wants to succeed must be confident, innovative, enthusiastic, inspiring, courageous, motivating and teachable. People only follow those who know where they are going. Improving yourself will help you become a better leader who has the qualities it takes to conducts himself professionally. Great leadership is not developed is not developed in a day, but daily. Conducting yourself professionally helps you sharpen your inter-personal skills.
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