“A leader is a dealer in hope.” Napoleon Bonaparte.

True leadership is a matter of influence and not something that can be imposed onto someone forcefully. Influence results from being liked and respected. Therefore it is expected that the leaders will share the responsibilities that they once thought were exclusively theirs.

To implement different reforms, a leader must be fully aware of the different schools of thoughts that are working there, should give due respect to them and when change is inevitable, try to give logical information based upon facts so that the people are urged to follow. This requires a thorough knowledge of the change process and what can be done to bring about that change in an effective manner.

A leader cannot do all this on their own. To bring about a change in the community, the leader needs followers and supporters. Together they can work and build a better and prosperous community.

The three P’s a leader must possess:
•    Purpose: A sense of purpose helps to establish a goal, articulate it, make it tangible, and work towards it every day.
•    Perspiration: Hard work is the key to success and is a basic requirement of leadership. The hard work is also projected upon the co-workers and the followers and they also give their best.
•    Passion: Passion, sincerely belief in what you are doing and that which is the driving force will keep you on your toes during the tough times.

Four levels of leadership:
Leadership starts from the individual level and then involves the community as a whole. The basic thing which holds each of these levels together is trust.

•    Personal: The relationship with oneself is the first step towards becoming a good leader.
•    Interpersonal: The relationship the leader has with others and also the way they interact with them. If this relation is based on trust and mutual co-operation people will listen to the leader with all their heart and will not be following them forcefully.
•    Managerial: This is the capability of the leader to get a job done by the people on their instruction.
•    Organizational: This is the need of the leader to manage and organize people, recruit them, train them, compensate them, build teams, solve problems, and create aligned structures, strategies and systems.

Trustworthiness is the core structure a leader should have in themselves. It is based upon character, who they are as a person, and on competence, what they can do. If a person has a good character and is considered trustworthy but with time they become incompetent, people will start raising questions about their leadership. Similarly a person who is fully competent in leading people but has a bad character won’t be trusted by the people no matter what.

Thus good character and competency go hand in hand in becoming the kind of leader you, yourself would want to be lead by.

So leadership is a great test not only for the person to succeed with his followers but it is also a great test for their own personal development.

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He is also the creator of Big U Academy, , the Kitepreneur NetworkTM and Kitepreneur Lifestyle Academy. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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