What Makes a Leader?
“Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.” (Jago, 1982)
Often leaders and bosses do not come hand-in-hand. The difference between the two is fundamental! Leader implies the action of leading, showing you how it should be done, giving you helpful hints, even helping you perform the project. A boss may perform these characteristics but perhaps it is seen only in a smaller business or organizational setting. Bosses generally administer you a project, set a deadline, and continue on with some other activity. This may put the ol’ boss in a bad light, but it is not the intention. Let’s pull away from the business aspect, shall we?
Being a leader does not imply being head of the group, the commission, the community, or the platoon. The leader is the one who inspires, who communicates, who handles each situation he/she faces with integrity, intelligence and determination. Each day the leader strives to become better, never resting on the accomplishments that have been surpassed. It is not natural to be a leader, it comes with time, with continued effort, and with responsibility A good leader is humble not boastful, he works for and with those under his guidance; to be the bearer of the whip is incorrect, it is better to cast the whip aside and join in the struggle to get the job done. Therein is the secret to success and therein a leader will find respect and love from his followers for he understands the toils and labors of the worker, the commoner, the footsoldier, the slave. If he is of higher rank, the leader puts aside the nobilities and joins his men at the frontline. If he truly be a leader, he will not sound the charge and sit back to watch the slaughter, he will go willingly, first to leave the line and take the enemy head on, with his men close behind.