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Leadership Observations Of A Leader

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LEADERSHIP OBSERVATIONS
TO BE A LEADER

INTRODUCTION: A leader is defined as ‘a person that holds a dominant or superior position within its field, and is able exercise a high degree of control or influence over others’. But how does one establish the dominance or the influence over others? There are numerous quotes and advice about the attributes of a leader – ‘a leader is one who demonstrates what’s possible’(M. Yarnell); ‘a true leader is someone is humble enough to admit their own mistakes’, ‘leader knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way’(J. C. Maxwell). But the exact make-up of a leader has yet to be established, giving insight into the innate complexity of such an individual. Having spent a few months observing and studying various leaders and reading books specific to the topic, I have compiled a list of traits most commonly stated to set the leaders apart from the managers, traits I intend to make my own.

1. HAVE A VISION “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” – Warren Bennis Widely regarded as the pioneer of leadership studies, Warren Bennis believes that leaders transform a vision into reality. Yet how does one do that unless one has a vision? Simple answer – one doesn’t. A vision may be as lofty as world peace, or as modest as monetary gains. What is important is having a goal to be attained; it is what separates the leaders from the followers. Leaders have a big picture in mind, something they wish to attain and must always
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