5 Truths About Leaders

Today, I’m going to write about Leadership.

I’m sure all of us at some point or the other have always wanted to be a leader. At school, at work and in society – the one thing which is common in all of these is the presence of a leader. What does a leader do? Why does every entity, group or institution require a leader? More importantly, what does it take to be a leader?

Read on to be able to answer some of these questions.

Truth #1: You Don’t Need To Be a Leader to Be One.

It may sound counter intuitive at first. But the truth is, you don’t need
to be a leader to be one. No one is required to be appointed as a leader by anyone else to be able to lead. Leadership is an attitude; a way of life. It’s not a job or a title. It’s the way one chooses to live.

Think of it this way – you can either choose to dive head-first into all important decisions and be a self-proclaimed and self-asserted alpha in your social group (or place of work, or school) or you can choose to hide in the side-lines and watch while someone else takes that place and all the responsibilities which come with it. No one has to give you a title ‘Mr Firstname Lastname, Leader’ for you to lead. Even if you’re in the lowest ranked job or at the bottom of the school social food-chain (those still exist?), you can still express assertiveness and get things done by people. It’s just your attitude at the end of the day.

Truth #2: The Title (or lack thereof) Doesn’t Come For Free

Sure, being a leader has its perks and awesomeness. But it also comes at a cost – responsibility. Does President Obama sit and chill in his office all day? He’s got a ton of respect as a leader. He still has to do work. If he doesn’t perform, next election he’s out. Even if you don’t have the title of President or even any title at all, being a self-asserted leader also comes at its costs. Once people start developing trust in you as a leader, you have to work. You gotta make the decisions, go through the negotiations and make sure you’re providing the best for the ones you’re leading.

Truth #3: Leading ≠ Bossing

The job of a leader is not to boss around and get people to do things for him while he sits and drinks coffee in his room. The leader is entrusted with the responsibility to develop and train the entire group of people he/she’s leading. The leader leaves no one behind. He’s the protective and nurturing big brother you’ve always wanted.

Truth #4: The Leader Doesn’t Care About Opinions

Now don’t get me wrong. Leaders should definitely take feedback from their colleagues and friends and understand whether what they’re doing is correct or not. But it stops at that. The leader shouldn’t care about what people think of him. Those are usually short term things. The leader always looks at the bigger picture and takes appropriate actions to achieve long-term goals.

Truth #5: There Can Be More Than One Leader

Leaders are not lone warriors standing at the top, guarding, while the rest stay put and let him do all the worrying. At the end of the day, who are you leading? A team. Don’t forget that. The leader needs to work with his team to determine the best course of action for all situations.

That is all for today and thank you for reading!

PS: My exams are starting in a week’s time. I may not be able to write as often as I have been over the past 2 weeks anymore. However, I will try my best to keep writing regularly!