Each of us has the opportunity to be a leader in some capacity. We are leaders in the workplace, in the classroom, in our family units, and more. Every individual has unique qualities that can be used to help them serve as a leader. Do you want to learn more about channeling your inner leadership skills? Keep reading to learn more about the importance of leadership and how you can use your talents to put your best foot forward today.
What is Leadership?
We can define leadership as motivating a group of people to start acting together towards fulfilling a certain goal. Leadership happens in every environment you can imagine, especially when there are people around us who provide guidance and encouragement.
Leadership in a business setting typically involves a team working to reach a goal. When applying this idea to every day life, you can see that being a leader happens outside of the workplace as well. Many times, we want our friends, family, peers, or other groups to help us reach a common goal. In order to achieve these ambitions, leadership must be an important focus.
What Makes Me a Leader?
Are you a student? Are you a teacher? Maybe you are a parent, a janitor, or a nurse. No matter what role you are currently taking on in life, you are a leader in one capacity or another. You have people in your life who are looking to you to set positive examples. You are able to rally people together to create change and to work together.
Still don't believe me? Think about one thing you are good at. Maybe you are a fantastic listener. Now, consider how you can apply this characteristic when being a leader. For example, the next time you are in a team setting or are working with people, think about how being a good listener can assist you in being a leader at that point in time.
Since every person is made uniquely, there are a variety of leadership styles. You may not necessarily agree with the way some people choose to lead, and that is OK. You are able to learn from others by observing a variety of leadership styles. Then, you can determine what qualities you think make an effective leader.
Remember that different leadership styles are needed depending on the setting. Based on your life experiences and personal attributes, you are able to discern what skills are needed to serve as the best leader possible in your current role. Let me encourage you to hone in on your strengths and to use them for good.
Why Do We Need Leaders?
The truth is that many people need inspiration or even a little bit of guidance to kickstart an incredible project or idea. Some groups need help with organization, structure, and communication. Other organizations need multiple leaders to take on a variety of roles to accomplish the task at hand.
In any setting, leaders are able to connect with and understand other people. We live in a world that typically requires learning how to work with others. Leaders take the initiative to ask the right questions, to listen to all perspectives, and to empathize with other human beings.
You don't need to have a title, certain level of education, or job status to be an incredible leader. You can start by thinking about how to set a good example in the roles you serve in now.
Comment below to share your thoughts on what it means to be a leader.
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Joseline J. Hardrick is the Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. She is also an author, professor, and lawyer and resides in Tampa Bay, Florida. Guest bloggers are students in the Journey to Esquire® Scholarship & Leadership Program.