"Leaders need to be optimists. Their vision is beyond the present." - Rudy Giuliani
In my life I have heard that leaders are often said to be born with the talent of leadership. I agree that many leaders are born with that but most of the leaders I have met have learned to become great leaders the same way one learns to become a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant. To be a good leader you need to lead by example, whether you intend to or not. Good leadership starts with great communication with the people. You need to develop a certain rapport with your people that caughts them up in your efforts. You can not call yourself a leader until your role is validated in the minds and hearts of your men.
Be bold in your priority settings, remember that a leader must dare to be ahead of his team members. After all that is what being a leader is all about. While you establish your future plans, bear in mind which team member is best suited to handle certain areas. You need to select strong and innovative people who can offer great ideas and methods on their own. In this way you can add them to your own ideas and implementation methods. If you are fortunate enough to find three or four key people who, with their experience can implement your ideas into action, then it will be very difficult for you to fail. These members will carry you through the toughest challenges.
As a leader you need to look back once in a while to make sure that your team members are following you. This means that it is very important that you have the energy and power to achieve your vision. Remember to always collect all the facts without prejudging the outcomes, before making a decision. Be tough but very fair with all proposals. Living with a lot of conviction and being flexible enough to change your decision in case new circumstances arise, are distinguishing features of a great leader.
I leave you with this qoute that I hope helps you as it has helped me:
"A great leader doesn´t create followers. He creates even more leaders."
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