Everyone is a leader. Whether you’re the company CEO or a child looking after a younger sibling; you’re leading.
Leadership is the ability to motivate other people toward a common goal. A leader has a clear vision of what needs to be done; and the skills to make it happen.
However, recognising leadership in others is often easier than understanding and practising it yourself.
Compelling leadership requires those somewhat deeper human qualities, which lie beyond the conventional notions of authority. In business terms, a leader is an enabling force, which helps people and organizations to perform and develop.
Good leaders stand out, because their skills and behaviour set them apart. Leaders are, however, not born. They develop their characteristics as their personalities grow; and strive to cultivate these qualities in others.
Understanding the motives of those you lead is of paramount importance. After all, the only measure of success which really matters is the ability to inspire them to take positive action. And if the leader isn’t leading, the others won’t follow.