A thought for a new blog post popped into my head one day while I was driving to the salon to get new highlights/lowlights and whatever else my fabulous hair stylist does. I love her! Her salon is listed in the top 100 salons in Allure Magazine. But that’s not what this article is about. It’s about becoming a great leader.
The thought that came to my mind was this often heard quote:
“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal or any goal.” —Vince Lombardi
And I’ve always bought into that statement to a certain degree. But, (ready or not, here it comes) as a leader, I’ve watched people over the years and I’ve noticed that some people are born leaders, while others try their best to lead and always fall flat on their faces.
Another quote I like is this one: “He who thinks he leads but has no followers is only taking a walk.” – John Maxwell
As I observed my children growing up, I realized very quickly which ones were born leaders and which ones would have to work hard to be a leader.
So, yes, I think leadership can be learned, but I also believe that some leaders are born that way.
How to Be a Great Leader
It doesn’t matter if you’re a natural born leader or you’re on the way to becoming a great leader, these points will help you accomplish your goals.
Learn to communicate as efficiently as possible. Be concise and to the point. I hate it when someone goes all the way around their elbow to get to their knee. (Southern Speak)
2. Be an example.
Great leaders lead by example. Be one.
3. Make decisions and stick to them.
A leader is not wishy-washy and constantly changing her mind. Make firm decisions. Period.
4. Don’t make excuses.
No one likes to admit she made a mistake. However, we all make them. Own your mistake. Apologize and move on.
5. Be humble.
I’ve seen many people get the big-head after becoming successful. It’s ugly. Remember where you started and always pay it forward. Be willing to give a hand up.
Whatever you are, be a good one. —Abraham Lincoln
Are you a natural born leader or do you have to work hard at being a leader?