Are you a leader of men (and women)? If you want to be a "'great' leader of men," here are a few thoughts on the qualities needed. When we think of the word leader, we usually immediately think of the concept of POWER. Your great passion might be to become a leader.
It will certainly give you power - not within yourself necessarily, but over others. (Do you have a "Napoleon complex" - to lead "for its own sake," perhaps?). To be a leader, first, you must WANT to. A great DESIRE is the key here. You must be really "hungry" for the position and pursue leadership with great determination - with all the means at your disposal. That is, using all your powers, qualities (see below) and potential. With a strong DESIRE you will, as long as you have the following personal leadership qualities:
1. Unwavering courage.
3. Definiteness of decisions.
4. Definiteness of plans (purpose). A leader then works their plan by putting it into ACTION.
5. Leaders have a habit of doing more than they are paid for. Effort and sacrifice gets them to a position of authority in the first place.
6. A pleasing personality. People LIKE the people they follow...and will do anything for great inspiring leaders (even to death).
7. Empathy, sympathy, and understanding. As the Italians would say, "being 'Sympatico'" towards other people, by taking their feelings into consideration. This is the difference between "thinkers" and "feelers". Thinkers are logical, analytical types, who usually do well in business. Feelers, like me, are far more emotional and creative people ("unbalanced" perhaps?). What type of person are you?
8. Mastery of detail. I'm hopeless on that one. I'm a "grand picture person", who has no idea of the number of bolts needed to build my bridge. I would never walk on it after finishing it anyway!
9. Willingness to assume full responsibility for one's decisions - no matter what may go wrong!
10. Co-operation (full) with others in seeing one's plans, the grand vision come to fruition.
11. Leaders are PASSIONATE people. Eliminating options will help you find your passion, your niche in life by initially pointing you in the right direction. I've been using the process of elimination for years and years and I'm slowly getting there. At least I think so!
If you don't know your passion, knowing what you don't want is a step in the right direction. I've worked out, that I don't really want to be a "leader" - preferring "to do my own thing" in writing books, that will "reach out, touch and hopefully even inspire" others. That is "me" and what I believe to
be my "calling in life".
So after reading all that, you still want to become a leader. Good! You're a brave person who will go far; because I there is a definite lack of "quality inspirational leadership" in today's societies - throughout the world!
AIM for World-Class and Be Legendary,
Your Coach - Christian