Every day you hear about it: Why some leaders are better than others? Why some are bosses while others are leaders? How to become a good leader? What are the qualities of a leader? From world leaders to team leaders at work, leadership seems to be something that can’t be detached from our lives. But why is that and what really makes up an incredible leader?
The Necessity of Leadership
From ancient times to in the information age these days, to survive, human beings needed an organized way to settle and grow. Such organization was necessary to maintain control and protect our settlements.
With a good leader, people are motivated to grow and will perform their best to reach the goal.
The Impact of Leadership
Managing and leading is different. With a great leadership, people are happier and more productive. Yet with a poor leadership, people have low morale and are likely to fail to achieve their goals.
It is not correct to have the pervasive notion that being good at following others is a negative trait. Even though it is important to have a leader, it doesn’t make it less important to have followers. Simply put, leaders don’t exist without followers.
How to Become a Truly Great Leader
What Separates a Leader from a Boss
It takes more than just bossing people around to be a leader.
A happy and motivated team comes from their leader’s positive attitude. Even in the worst situations such as experiencing low team morale or facing a failure, a great leader stays positive and figure out ways to keep the team motivated to solve the problems together.
It’s imperative for a leader to have a sense of humor, particularly when things go wrong. Being approachable is an important quality for a leader because no one wants to work with an arrogant person who is not opened for communication.
How Leadership is Related to Personality Types
When it comes to leadership, it really doesn’t matter what personality type you are. Whether you’re an introvert, extrovert or ambivert, becoming a leader is more about the skills and attitude.
In the past, extroverted people seemed to have a higher chance to become a leader. But obviously these days, we witness success achieved by many introverted leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Larry Page.
How to Develop a Unique Leading Style
All great leaders excel a unique leading style. They are all charismatic for a different reason. While each leading style has its strengths and weaknesses, great leaders can strike a balance when leading the team in different situations.
Great leaders stay true to themselves without faking another leading style because they understand that no leadership is perfect. What they can control to make things better is amplifying their strengths.
Good Reads to Consider on Leadership
This list of the 15 best leadership books will inform and inspire all aspiring leaders.
If you are determined to better your leadership skills, add these 10 books to your reading list.
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