The leader can be defined in so many ways: as a directing or guiding figure; as one who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal; as one who holds a dominant or superior position within their field and is able to exercise a high degree of control and influence towards others; ………….
From the foregoing, it is clear that the leader is one who stands out, possesses exceptional skills, knowledge and abilities. He is one who has positive control and influence over others. There have been quite a lot of arguments over the years on the innate abilities of Leaders. Some people are of the opinion that leaders are born and not made. Such people believe that the ability to lead others is innate and not a function of skills nor knowledge.
Granted, there are people who are born with a natural capability to lead. It is simply ‘in them’ and they make great leaders. However, there are others who are not bestowed with such gift. They simply do not have the wiring. Some of these people actually end up great leaders. The question then is how can one move up the ladder and attain the height of great leadership?
Decision and Hard work.
Yes there must be a decision to grow intellectually and to acquire more skills. The old saying that you can take a horse to the river but cannot force it to drink is very apt here. People, like horses will only do what they have a mind to do. The success or failure of an individual depends greatly on the individual’s decision. Hard work coupled with the right decision produce great results. Vince Lombardi said that ‘leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile’.
At the work place, what price are you willing to pay? Where are you directing all your hard work and efforts? Have you made the decision to grow in skills, knowledge and experience? Do you have a positive influence on people around you?
If you can critically examine yourself and decide to move in the right direction, then you are on your way to leadership.
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