A society stands on the shoulders of its
leaders whether they belong to the academic, social, economic,
or political sectors of the society. Also such leaders are
found in every sub-strata of the field they work in and are
not just merely the ones who are the ones who sit at the top
most rung. Grooming leaders is one of the essential
responsibilities of every society. Some people are born with
this talent but many can achieve it through hard work and
Here are some essential qualities of
Firstly, a leader can only have an impact
on his followers if he leads by example. Two areas must
especially remain in his mind in this regard: conduct and
competence. In other words, his moral character should be
impeccable and his professional skills should be par
excellence. If he lacks in any of these two areas, he will not
be able to inspire people around him.
Secondly, a leader always encourages people
around him. He is the person who takes responsibility of
failures but attributes every success to his team. He
highlights very small achievements made by his team members.
Cynicism and ridicule are words that should not be found in
his handbook of dealing with others. If people commit
mistakes, they must be downplayed and never mocked at.
Thirdly, a leader patiently and
whole-heartedly hears his critics and does not show aversion
to criticism. He welcomes any critical feedback with full
sincerity. He should fully analyze this feedback and see if it
convinces him even if it is couched in harsh language. He
should realize that if he wants to lead intelligent people, he
must never silence their critique. If he does so, he will only
be left with yes men and be deprived of valuable acumen of
those who may as a result desert him.
Fourthly, an efficient leader delegates
tasks and authority to his team members and has the heart to
own their mistakes. In this way, he will groom people of
calibre and insight. People learn from their mistakes and they
should be allowed to do their share of mistakes so that they
can learn from this. A true leader does not micro-mange his
team. He lets them have the freedom to think and act on their
own even if this means losing the way. In the long run, he
will make more leaders out of his team with his attitude.
Fifthly, a leader must always realize that
he has much more responsibility than his team members. He is
their voice. He is that single person whose initiative makes
many others meaningful. These people do not have the courage
to take the first step; however, they have the courage to
follow a person who takes the first step. A true leader should
realize the power of one. He is that one person whose first
step in the right direction can change the course of events.