How does anyone become a leader? That’s the question in most peoples mind yet the answer couldn’t be more obvious.
When you hear statements such as: “Such a person is a natural-born leader“, you might find yourself asking questions such as: Can anyone be a leader? Are leaders born or made? How do you train yourself to be a leader? How does one become a leader? or What qualifies a leader?
Leadership or being a leader is not some mysterious thing that only a few can attain. Anyone can become a leader once they have the desire and discipline for its requirement.
The aim of this article is to show you how to become a leader in the simplest form available. You don’t have to remember any steps or procedure in order to become a leader.
Before I go any further on this subject of leadership, let me first answer the basic question, which is: “Who is a leader?“
Who Is A Leader?
A leader is any person who realizes the importance of becoming a bigger and better person with the passing of every day, week and month.
As you can see from the definition above by Earl Nightingale, a leader is anyone who realizes the importance of daily self-improvement.
It doesn’t matter how bad you are right now, once you make the conscious decision to better yourself every day and you also take deliberate actions to achieve this aim, you’re already a leader.
Questions such as: “What does it take to be a leader?”, “How does one become a leader?” or Can anyone be a leader? are automatically answered once you understand that a leader is anyone who has made the conscious decision to embark on a daily program of self-improvement.
It only takes two main things to become a leader, these are: (1) the DESIRE to be a leader and (2) the DISCIPLINE to commit to a daily program of self-improvement.
In the same manner that there is a difference between a student and a good student, so also there is a difference between a leader and a good leader.
If you have made the decision to become a leader, it’s paramount that you also know what makes a good leader. So what makes you a good leader?
What Makes You A Good Leader
When you embark on your program of daily self-improvement and you start to improve in all areas of your life, it’s easy to get carried away and become the type of person no one wants to associate with.
At the core of being a good leader, is the realization of a simple truth and this truth is that: We are all equal.
The fact that you now go to the gym regularly, read self-improvement books, meditate, control your thoughts, eat healthily and e.t.c., doesn’t make you superior to no one.
Humility is the common trait all good leaders possess. Before honour is humility. Proverbs 15:33 AKJV.
For you to become a good leader you must be humble because everyone you come across is your teacher in one way or the other. I have never met anyone who I can’t learn anything from.
Apart from being humble, a good leader:
(1) Takes responsibility for his own growth
(2) Is a planner, thinker and a doer.
(3) Is willing to share his/her knowledge and experience with others.
(4) Works with knowledge (Expert in a specific area) and energy.
(5) Knows that everything works according to Universal laws which can’t be cheated.
(6) Inspires others to follow his or her lead.
(7) Leads by example.
Being a leader is not rocket science neither is it hereditary. Being a leader has always been about the continuous development of the individual along with the understanding of some basic rules and principles.
How to become a leader in life or becoming a leader centres around the simple fact, which is that, the individual must engage in a continuous daily program of self-improvement.
Anyone can become a leader and if you believe that you’re already a leader, you can become a better leader. The summit of self-development can never be reached.
No matter how good you are right now in any area of your life, there will always be room for improvement.
In summary, to become a leader is to realize the importance of becoming a bigger and better person with the passing of every day, week and month, and to actively take practical steps to attain this aim. If you do this, you will become a leader.
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