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Things That You Don’t Know About Leadership

There is already much written about the leadership: the rules, pointers, styles, and a lot of biographies of inspiring leaders throughout the world history. There is also certain leadership concepts that most of the people fail to recognize and in the course of reading books realize it. Here is a short list of things that you thought you knew about leadership:

  1. The Leaders Come In Different Colors

There are various types of leaders and you will get to see more than one type of leader in your lifetime. The formal leaders are those who get elected into places or positions like the senators, congressmen, and the local club presidents. Whereas the informal leaders are those who look up to their experiences like the elders of the tribe, or grandparents, or considering their contribution in a respective field like Albert Einstein in the field of Theoretical Physics or Leonardo da Vinci in arts.

  1. Leadership Is A Process Of Becoming A Leader

Though there are people who seem to be born with inborn qualities of leadership, without the right environment and support, they may drastically fail to develop their potential. Like learning how to ride a bicycle, you can learn how to become a leader and know your leadership qualities. The basic knowledge of the leadership theories and skills may be formally earned by enrolling the seminars of leadership, conferences, and workshops.

  1. The Leadership Starts With You

The best way to develop leadership qualities is to apply it to your own life and your own principles. As a saying goes “action speaks louder than words”. The leaders are always in the limelight, whether they do something good or they do bad; people are always fond of knowing what their leader is doing for them. Keep in mind that your credibility as a leader relies on your actions: your interaction with your family, friends, neighbors, relatives and your co-workers.

Leadership Is Shared

Leadership is not the responsibility of one person; it is a shared responsibility of the members of an emerging team. A team leader belongs to a respective group. Each one of the members has the responsibility to fulfill. The formal leadership positions are just the added burdens aside from their own responsibilities as being a member of the team. An effective leadership requires all the members to do their piece of work. Trust is built based on actions and not on just words. Someone rightly said, “Actions speak more than just words.” When a mutual respect exists between the team members, trust and faith are fostered and then the confidence is built among them.

The Leadership Styles Depend On The Situations

Aside from culture, beliefs, values and the form of government, the current situation of a nation affects the leadership styles used by its formal leaders. Ever thought why dictatorship still works for Singapore but not in the USA? There is no such rulebook set that said only one style can be used. The leaders work on a combination of leadership styles looking at the location and situation.

In some of the emergency situations like wars, and calamity, the decision-making is a one shot at life and death. A nation’s leader cannot afford to consult with the departments t arrive and discuss the situation. He has to take a decision out of his own to the benefit of the nation and the citizens. Keep in mind that there are always innovative ideas that you think you know already, but are actually not the things that should not be taken for granted.