How to become a leader?
How to become a leader? An important part of success in life is the ability to lead. It is important that we not only be able to lead others but equally important be willing to lead ourselves. No one can be successful in life by just following others. We must strike a bold new path for ourselves.
To be a good leader is more than just being at the forefront of a crowd. A leader must act. Most of the time in America, we accept that someone looks or sounds like a leader and rarely look at the actions that leader performs — and that is the true test of leadership.
To become good leaders, we need to concentrate on actions rather than appearances. The title of this article refers to ( How to become a leader?) but do not think of these as progressive steps like a recipes or instruction manuals that you have to follow blindly. Instead, think of these as actions that you must take and change if necessary on a regular basis.
1-Be alert to new potentials.
“Reality” is not absolute but rather subject to constant change. Think about inventors, explorers and agents of social change who have achieved greatness in their life. Some might simply say that certain people are successful because they are lucky to be in the right place at the right time. This is a possibility, but if they haven’t had their eyes open for the opportunity, then it wouldn’t have mattered if they were in the right place.
2- Accept inspiration from wherever it comes, even your opponents.
The wisest leaders constantly study their competition. In war, politics, and business we constantly see examples of this research and reconnaissance. Too many times though a certain study, many concentrates on finding a weakness to exploit. If you want to a be a leader of positive change do not fall victim to this trend. Instead, if you find a weakness, make sure to avoid that pitfall yourself. If you find the strength, then find a way to strengthen your own qualities to match.
3- Learn something new and promote in new ways every day.
This means you must continually seek to expand your horizons, internally and externally. Feed your mind with new lessons and knowledge, but constantly expand your social horizons as well. Seek out and meet new people and immerse yourself in new social situations. You never know when these new experiences will help you in your leadership role.
4- Search for and find answers in subtle clues.
Look beneath the surface and constantly question. This is an extension of the third step in that you are seeking new knowledge. But this also means that you will need to step off the traditional paths of knowledge. Do not simply read books in the literary canon or the bestsellers list. Take seminars rather than classes as there is more room for questioning and debate. Seek out the unconventional thinkers, teachers, and writers.
5- Improvise if no existing solutions are available.
No excuses. Necessity is the mother of invention. How do you know it will not work if you’ve never tried it before? Remember, not all approaches need to come from the front. Look at your problem from all sides and systematically attempt different solutions in various combinations.
6- Name at least one person you care about happy every day.
If you start to be thoughtful and caring for a person every day then soon this caring behavior will become a habit and that habit will spread to the others around you. Making someone happy will feeds your own personal happiness. Imagine for a moment how much better the world can be if we all start doing a little more to spread happiness.
7- Offer help, even if there is no apparent advantage to you.
This means more than writing a check. It means giving of your time and energy and yourself. Sometimes it will mean helping someone you don’t know and sometimes it can be a very personal action.
8- Finally, never let negativity be your last word on the subject.
If your final words are negative than no matter how hopeful you may be about the potential of a project or action the lasting impression you give to others is one of negativity. Accentuate the positive and you are more likely to see a positive outcome.
Following these eight action steps you will not only become a better leader but also lead yourself to a great successful life.