Wednesday, 21 December 2011

What makes a great leader

What makes a great leader

A great leader is someone who not only can get all the people on side but also someone who knows where to take them. Many leaders throughout time have had one of these traits but it has not been enough. It does not mater if you can inspire the people with great leadership quotes if you do not know what to do with their loyalty and have no goals for them to strive for. It is also not much good if you have great vision of what the people should do if you can not get them on side. So a great leader must posses both these traits in some form.
Inspiring the people to follow you is often down with rousing speeches and leadership quotes which show people you have vision and are looking out for their best interests. This can be particularly difficult if the people are divided so it will take a great leader to join the people under him. Many leaders do this by tricking the people into believing they are on their side with leadership quotes which seem to be aimed at everyone but really say nothing at all. This is a short term approach and will result in unhappiness and anger when you actions do not end up being on the side of your supporters. The real leadership skill is convincing the people that your vision is right for them even if they don’t agree with it at first. This is where having a good vision to begin with is crucial. It is no good convincing the people that your vision will be good for them if it turns out that it wont so a great leader must be able to motivate the people towards a vision that benefits them.
Maybe the key to this problem in not requiring so much from our leaders in the first place and looking for the best speaker and best visionary in different people, why does a leadership have to be one man, why cant a team be leader. This is how it is done already much of the time but why cant we be more open about it instead of putting all our focus, support or hatred on just the mouthpiece.
It takes a team to run anything well so a leadership should be made of a team. The more traits we desire of just one person the more chance we have of being disappointed and the less chance we have of finding that person. The chance of finding these great leaders who have it all is so rare, we are lucky to have them once in a generation so to base our lives on the requirement of having one is fundamentally flawed.