There is an old adage that leaders are born, not made. But how do we know what is and isn't a leadership quality? It is critical to understand what leadership entails and how we can best fit into it. Here are some things you should know about leadership, and as you read, you may realize that you are one.
1. You have personality
You value honesty and integrity in others and in yourself. Even if you are pushed to do something dishonest or wrong, you will always seek the higher ground and pursue the right path of uprightness rather than bulge into the demands of your environment.
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2. You can give others credit where credit is due
It could be as simple as saying thank you or making a complimentary remark. You are always able to give others the credit they deserve and to express genuine gratitude for their efforts. You're not concerned about them taking the spotlight away from you; rather, you're ready to shine it on them. This type of action transforms you into a “we” person rather than a “I” person.
3. You are compassionate
You can understand what others are going through. What elicits strong emotions in you is the desire to assist others in resolving their problems. Through this, you can connect with others and find meaningful ways to offer solutions to whatever problems they are facing.
4. You can enlist the assistance of others
Because you are aware of your limitations, you are not afraid or shy to ask for help or support from others. You are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses, and you seek help from others in areas where you are lacking. What is most important to you, however, is getting the job done, and you would never let ego get in the way of achieving your goals.
5. You are alert
You do not exclude others. You are approachable, and you are always eager to hear what others have to say. Listening to others allows you to learn from them and improve on any weaknesses you may have.
6. You are accountable
While others take a step back or are afraid to act, you can take a step forward and act. But it doesn't stop there; you're willing to step forward in your failures and successes to acknowledge your strengths and weaknesses.
7. You are adaptable
You are not a stickler. You don't stick to one method of doing things. You can adapt and are willing to be open to new ideas and methods of accomplishing your goals as far as they will take you.
8. You have a lovely smile
It is not until everything is in order that you can define what leadership is. Rather, when confronted with obstacles and challenges, your attitude and personality are put to the test. People who have the leadership trait smile and remain calm in the face of adversity.
9. You are upbeat
Every challenge is an opportunity for you to succeed. You also see failure as a learning experience that allows you to improve and become better. You are optimistic, and as a result, you carry a lot of positive energy with you as you work toward your goals.
10. You are considerate of others
You treat everyone with dignity. Even if some are supposed to be more important than others, or if you are having a bad day, you treat everyone the same way, regardless of situation or personality.
11. You are always willing to help
You are willing to give without expecting anything in return. Rather than being concerned with what you are about to receive, you are concerned with what the project or task will accomplish.
12. You are genuinely focused on your objectives
You are not someone who likes to please others. You are not compelled by your surroundings. Rather, you focus your efforts on goals that are both clear and compelling to you.
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