By Damilola Faustino
Being a leader is not a day’s job, you must have the required temperament, skills and experience. This you do not get overnight. So, to climb the ladder of leadership and become a leader someday, there are some basic rules you must know. Here are tips that will propel you toward your leadership dreams.
Be a source of inspiration and positivity
Great leaders make everyone around them feel good about their involvement with their organisation. They help create an environment where no one is in it just for themselves because they are part of a larger cause. This is a by-product of an inspired, happy team.
Set examples for others to follow
All leaders possess a common leadership trait of setting an example for others to follow. They are not one to shout out orders comfortably from behind their desks. Good leaders do not tell you what to do; they show you how it is done. When followers see you getting your hands dirty, they buy into your vision and get the much-needed inspiration to achieve the unthinkable.
There are no shortcuts to Success
If you think that you can become a successful leader overnight without much effort, it’s time to wake up from your trance. The road to successful leadership passes through pits and thorny paths. Leadership success depends on how many times you can bounce back from setbacks and failures. Do not get discouraged by the hardships that befall your path. Instead, use them as a source of motivation and inspiration to push harder.
Have a vision and plan
Vision is what differentiates a leader from a follower. A good leader comes with a clear vision and persuades others to believe in it as well with the same passion. Having a vision will not assure you success until you have a solid plan and strategy to turn your vision into reality.
Conquer obstacles with determination
When the going gets tough, the tough gets going. A good leader is well aware of this fact, which is why they must always be determined. So, if a leader shows resolve and never gives up, it will breathe new life and energy into followers.
As a leader, you should be the first one to recognize, appreciate and reward your followers instead of hoarding praise. This helps to keep them motivated and inspired. On the other hand, if you take all the credit for their efforts, it can send negative vibes to your followers.
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