A famous quote to start with,
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adam
Leaders, as the quote mentions are those who inspires others. Certain bit of positive connotation attached to the word. It gives a sense of hope and inspiration whenever the word is uttered or mentioned anywhere.
What’s interesting is that word itself is associative and attributive. Meaning whenever you hear the word ‘leader’ either a leader pops up in your head or a quality. Example, it could be Nelson Mandela or Gandhi ji. A quality can also pop up in your head like self sacrificing/ responsible etc.
To have a better idea and to illuminate on what attributes do Leaders possess. Let us look at signs and attributes that are generally accepted as qualities that Leaders display.
Here are some of general character traits and signs of leaders,
You are a Motivator
A leader is a person who generally keeps the morale of the team high. She/he uses persuasion and encouragement as tools to promote cohesion among her/his team. If you are a person who generally helps in keeping the morale of the team members high, also are good with persuasion. Then you are on right track.
You are in it with your team
You are leading from the front. Leaders are good at decision making, in fact the best because they usually take up concerns of everyone and take long term interest into account. You invest and decide on matters concerning operation and management of your team.
You feel responsible for your team
Great leaders think not as individuals but better as team or as a unit. You feel responsible for actions of their team and more when team faces loss. You show high level of accountability for their actions and their team. Leaders rule with responsibility less with authority.
You are creative and game changer
Leaders display creative tendencies and are usually not followers of organizational rules of authority. You are out of the box thinkers. Leaders create opportunities for others and build capacity of others. You are sometimes seen to even challenge established rules of society.
You build good relations
Leaders are individuals not concerned and not bothered by petty concerns of the mind. You promote general good behavior. Leaders never indulge in petty talks and malicious gossips.
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You are love responsibility but understand authority
As a leader you like to command with responsibility. At the same time you understand and respect authority by following it to the rule. You show high level of Discipline and Integrity.
You value people as ends, not means
Every Leader born or not, displays this character trait. You intrinsically value people. As leaders you will never treat them as means to achieve something. You value people. As a Leader you may or may not get along with people but you do not hold any biases towards them. You are generally good with everyone.
You are providers and nurturers
Leaders are drawn on their nurturing ability. Leadership allow a whole ecosystem of people to thrive and progress. As Leaders you provide help and assistance to those who are falling behind or those who are struggling.
You are a workaholic
All leaders are hard working individuals. Leaders work harder to bring positive change. However, you make time for people and other things. Leaders also are good with time management.
You are open to rational criticism
Leaders are open to criticism. In fact leaders learn from it and make changes. Leaders are open to ideas and criticism based on sound logic. Leaders know rational criticism helps one know weaknesses, which are otherwise ignored and gives opportunity to reflect and progress.
You are humble and express gratitude
Humble is a character trait shown by leaders. Leaders are those individuals who express gratitude whenever it is required. They are honest and firm in their actions with humbleness to account for.
Leaders are those people who stand up for wrong even if they are alone. They are honest in their expression. Leadership contribute positively to society to bring change for the better. They are those who sometimes misunderstood and hated for wrong reasons by the majority. So, these were signs which signify leadership quality in people.
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