To Be a Leader

To Be a Leader

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  • Be confident, but be careful to not confuse confidence with arrogance. To do this, you need to fully know what you are talking about. When you do speak, speak with conviction.
  • Leadership is about vision. It’s about giving new or original perspectives to things. One who has his own understanding and interpretation of things will distinguish himself from others. Thinking for yourself implies not taking anything for a fact. Always look for a personal explanation or interpretation. In order to gain that personal distance and understanding, one should never rely on others knowledge, work or judgment.
  • Inspire others to take action by showing your own action, commitment and good work for a better world. Make it easy for people to step in and join forces if they want to help. 
  • Be ambitious and do not be afraid to take risks. Do not be afraid to be idealistic. If you happen to fail, you will recognize your strengths and limitations and be better to adapt in the future. Only by knowing your limit can you fully maximize your potential. Of course, the scope of your limit will lessen over time through experience.
  • Never let someone tell you that you cannot do something. If something isn’t out there, go create it.
  • Be organized. In order to work effectively, you will need to be organized. If you are disorganized, you will tend to forget certain things.
  • Be able to articulate your thoughts and speech thoroughly and efficiently: This also includes being able to delegate tasks and being clear of your expectations.
  • Be able to establish your goals and commit to your plan. Sometimes structure, deadlines, and plans aren’t the best way to lead. At times, it is more effective to go with the flow, take it as it comes and explore each new opportunity. But, despite this, you always need to keep in mind your end game, your objective. Be patient with your goals. Go on your own timeline.
  • Make sure your project, campaign or endeavour solves a problem and you that have clearly defined what the problem is and how you are going to solve it.
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of yourself and your team. Being a leader does not always mean that you are the most intelligent or capable person within a group. It just means that you have an ability to organize people and are able to utilize each person’s skill set. Leading isn’t an easy task — not everyone can do it. 
  • Be fair. To gain the trust and respect of your followers, you need to be fair. If an opportunity comes up, do not automatically look to your close friends or colleagues. Let everyone know and have the same chance to get whatever it is.
  • Be clever. If something does not work out, try an alternative method. If you do not have enough resources for a project, look in your community to see if it can be easily donated or lent to you. 
  • Be optimistic. After all, optimism is what is needed to change the way this world works. What you expect tends to happen.

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