Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What it Takes to Be a Good Leader

By Andrea Dilea

Being a leader takes on a lot of responsibility whether you are a leader at a school or community organization, a workplace union or an advocacy group. Leadership is as empowering as it is exhausting - a leader is always the subject of a lot of expectations. There are no set of rules that you can follow to satisfy the demands of your organization. Leadership needs you to be versatile, headstrong and compassionate all at the same time.

Having a strong mind and a stoic set of beliefs are basic requisites of a good and effective leader. Making crucial decisions is an indispensable function of a good leader, therefore one needs to be analytical, reasonable and influential in order to lead and bring on results. Inherent to effective leaders are resilience amidst trials and meekness in their triumphs.

Leaders are confronted with different issues and situations at different times. Some of these can be very complicated and leaders are not expected to make the right decisions at all times. Instead, a leader is expected to decide for the best interest of the group and to lead the same into facing the consequences of such decisions. A good leader knows how to unify minds into focusing on the same goal or mission.

A good leader has an open mind and an open ear. He is patient at hearing the opinions of those in a group but cannot be easily swayed by a difference of perspective. Instead, he picks up the critical points and forges a decision based on the strong mind that he has and the confidence he possessed over his capabilities.

Lastly, a good leader has to be essentially opinionated. It is necessary for all leaders to take a stand and have a strong opinion on anything. That is the essence of leadership. One should have an open mind but eventually decides on what is good or bad for the interest of the group. Positioning and taking stands should be the strongest attributes of a good leader.