Leadership Profiling: What’s in the name?

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Leader, leader, leader … we hear it all the time and everywhere, we see it in the ads, we listen about it from successful people, we use it in everyday conversations, we participate in seminars to learn leadership techniques and skills, and finally, we all want to be leaders. And the latter is because, as Dale Carnegie says, “the highest paid and appreciated persons are not those who know the most about certain topics, but the people who have the ability to express ideas, assume leadership and arouse enthusiasm among people”.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. John C. Maxwell

But, what’s in the name?

Theoretically, in the words of Martin Chemers and Chin Roger, in the US academic settings leadership is defined as “a process of social influence, in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”. Accordingly, a leader is an individual with the ability to lead a group of people, who steps up in times of crisis, and is able to think and act creatively in difficult situations.

What makes one a leader?

A leader:

  • Has a clear vision of what he wants to achieve
  • Shares his vision with those that willingly follow him
  • Shares information, knowledge and methods with his team in order to realize the vision
  • Coordinates, guides, directs, evaluates the overall performance
  • Balances conflicting interests of all stakeholders so as to remain on the track to realizing what [s]he has envisioned.

The good thing about leadership is that, let away the tiny percentage of people who are born leaders, leadership is something that can be learned and enhanced through coaching or mentoring. Here are quick tips on what exceptional leaders contemplate every single day and what makes them leaders:

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Leaders make sure

they know what is happening in the world each particular day, both practically and metaphorically;

Leaders make sure

They know what their goals for that particular day are;

Leaders make sure

They prioritize their daily tasks effectively, which tasks to begin first and which delegate;

Leaders make sure

They are completely informed about the outcome of their efforts;

Leaders make sure

They know which contacts to reach out in a particular day and do contact them;

Leaders make sure

They are engaged listeners whoever talks to them;

Leaders make sure

They provide help so that others have successful day too;

Leaders make sure

The voices of their teams are heard in finding solutions to problems;

Leaders make sure

They are the first to shine the spotlight on their people when the latter do remarkable things;

Leaders make sure

They have had a successful day;  &

Leaders make sure

They end their days by saying their grateful.

Being a leader is not an easy job, yet everyone wants to be a leader. Follow us to learn and lead! There are articles on leadership coming down Success Street.

 

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