Everyone at some point or another has been a leader. It could be in school, religious organization, at social gatherings, at home or anywhere else. I, myself has been put in that leadership role several times and I loved it!
There are various definitions of leadership and who a leader is but I define leadership as
the willingness and capability to work with a group of people and set a direction towards achieving a common goal.
A leader is someone who is willing and capable of inspiring and working with a group of people towards achieving a common goal.
Note the words, willingness and capability. You won’t make a good leader if you’re not willing to lead and if you do not have the capability to work with the people to achieve the set goal.
Being a leader is fun but can be very challenging as well. Some people are really good at it while some are not.
Here, we’re going to be focusing on leadership in business. All entrepreneurs are leaders. In a business organization, there are different kinds of leaders. For example; the head of finance department, the head of marketing department, the quality control manager etc. are all leaders.
As an entrepreneur, how much of a good leader you are in one way or another affects the growth and proper functioning of your business. Being an exemplary good leader also makes you able to pick other good leaders from your employees to head the various departments in your business organization.
Now let’s look at the qualities of a good leader in business;
A good leader must be a good listener. You do not have all the answers and to get solutions, you have to be able to listen to the ideas of other members of your team. Be motivated to learn new things.
A good leader must be patient. A leader is not a miracle worker and no one is perfect so learn to be patient with situations and with people.
A good leader must be tolerant. Not everyone is going to like you and not everyone is going to do things your way. Your ability to deal with situations like this is what makes you both a good leader and a good individual.
A good leader must be willing to change. No one wants to work with a leader who isn’t willing to grow and adapt to changes.
A good leader must be honest and firm. For your team members to be able to trust you as their leader, you have to be honest with them. Do not tell them only the good news and keep the bad ones to yourself. To lead, you have to be firm. Be a man of your word.
A good leader must be disciplined. You don’t tell others to do something while you do a totally different thing altogether. Always set good examples.
A good leader must have a vision. This is very important in leadership. You must have a direction, set goals and work towards achieving those goals.
And the list goes on and on. Humility, good communication skill, teamwork etc.
It is important to note that there is no perfect leader. Everyone is basically working towards becoming a better version of themselves. But what makes you a good leader is your ability and willingness to accept your shortcomings, work on them and grow.
In the business world, there are lots of competitions. Your ability to withstand these competitions and inspire others to put in their best makes you a good leader. Know that people are looking up to you so in all you do, be the best you can be. Teach your employees to do so as well. Employees who are good leaders usually stand out and in no time they rise to a managerial position taking up more responsibilities within the business organization.
Leadership is an opportunity for you to grow, so enjoy every bit of it!
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