It goes without saying that we all have different personalities and each and every one of us has a different approach towards life and different goals and objectives in life. It is the resonation in our personality traits that bring us close to each other and this is the reason why we enjoy the company of a particular group.
Among different personality types, the most important and the one towards which most people aspire is leadership. Successful leaders will tell us one thing and that is that there are particular traits that make a leader, and these traits are present in every leader in one form or another. The lines below give the most general and prominent traits exhibited by successful leaders.
The first thing about all the leaders is that they set high goals and to achieve those goals they are willing to take chances. You cannot possibly set a mediocre goal and take a chance for it, rather it’s the setting of an elevated goal and the pursuit of which that differentiate leaders from masses. Therefore, you won’t find a leader who is not willing to take a chance in what he or she believes in.
A leader is not responsible for his or her own dedication and commitment to a cause, rather a leader has to lead the masses. Therefore, it is quite natural that the spirit which the leader shares about the cause will reflect in the masses as well. Hence, he is always enthusiastic about the cause and this enthusiasm is with which he or she inspires other people and keeps their spirits lifted so that they stay committed to the cause. Therefore, whoso is not enthusiastic cannot be a leader.
Whether it’s business or political leaders, the one thing that is abundantly present in them is their passion and love for their work. Leaders emphasize the fact that to be a great leader one has to be loyal to work and understand the fact that it’s the work that matters and achieving excellence in one’s work is what entitles a person for the status and position of a leader. For instance, if a manager does not love the work he does, then he cannot inspire and lead the subordinates to work hard and make the business a success. Therefore, a leader’s love for work should reflect on his actions.
Open To Learning
Further to the trait of being a chance taker, if a leader succeeds in the venture then well and good, otherwise a leader takes the failure as a learning opportunity. A leader never closes the door of learning rather he or she is always open to learning and learning from mistakes is a major part of it. For a leader, failure is the stepping stone to success and a chance to analyze things, learn from them and make improvements. Therefore, a leader is always open to learning and when encountering failure, a leader always welcomes it as a learning opportunity.
Face Your Fears
The evident and most obvious reason why leaders are leaders and different from masses is the fact that they have the courage to face their fears. Most leaders agree on this point that leaders don’t run away from their fears, rather they face them, however, they’re facing the fears is different from other people. For other people fear comes in do or die form, leaders anticipate their fear and make their strategy by keeping in mind the worst-case scenario. Therefore, you’ll always find leaders facing their fear and standing in the front line with a big heart ready to take it on.
Now it’s Your Turn!
Great leaders have become a rare breed. What do you think is the reason behind that? What according to you are the traits that differentiate a leader from the masses? What do you recommend in terms of qualities to adapt to becoming a leader? Please do share your thoughts and I look forward to reading them!