How to Become A Great Leader

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A Great Leader is A Strong Leader 

A leader is not born.

A leader is created and the whole process starts inside your own mind.

great leaderHow can you become a great leader who inspires others, drives people toward excellence, holds people accountable, and instils a sense of trust? Learning what makes a great leader is your first step.

Here are some things you can start to do to become a Great Leader:

1.      Control yourself.

Every great leader in history has had to learn self-discipline and willpower so that they can focus on the big picture.  You need to have a goal and the drive to achieve it, so that you can lead others to attain their goals.

  • Follow through on everything that you do.

You need to be disciplined enough to be where you need to be, when you need to be there, whether you want to or not.  When you are strong in your resolve and you resist the temptation to give up,  then you set an example for others to follow. 

  • Choose your emotional response to a situation carefully.

Sometimes you’ll need to silence your inner thoughts, if they’re not appropriate, in order to set a positive example. 

2.      Project your goals.

If the people you’re leading don’t completely understand the deeper meaning of their work, they won’t share your vision or work ethic.   Communicate with your team, every step of the way, to impart your vision and to make sure that you’re all on the same wavelength and they know what you expect of them.

  • Get your team involved in the planning process and the implementation of your ideas. This gives everyone a greater sense of ownership toward the end result and the ideas become their ideas, instead of being enforced from above. 

3.      Praise highly and criticize constructively.

The way that you praise and criticize others can make all the difference in being able to lead effectively. 

  • Make sure you publicly praise the people who do excellent work for you. You’ll give the person a sense of accomplishment and the drive to do even better. 
  • When someone does something wrong, offer constructive criticism and do it privately. Suggest solutions on how they can improve and take the time to answer any questions. They’ll accept your input more willingly if they know it’s done to help and not to harm. 

4.      Know your people.

When you lead a group of people try to truly understand their hopes, dreams, struggles, pains, and goals.  You will be a much more effective leader for doing that.  All the good intentions in the world mean nothing unless you have a true sense of the people you’re working with.

  • Talk to your team and get to know them.

Getting to know each other on a personal level will strengthen the bond between you. They’ll want to do better for you because you’re more than just a “boss.”

  • Be their leader, first, and their friend second.

Being a great leader means that you have to make difficult decisions from time to time. These decisions cannot be affected by personal relationships. 

5.      Make the hard call.

There are times when you have to bite the bullet and make some unpleasant decisions. Firing, demoting, and holding people accountable for their actions can be very hard at times. As a great leader, it’s your responsibility to handle these matters. 

Conclusion About Being A Great Leader

Regardless of where your leadership role takes you, believe that you can be a great leader. Remember that in order to lead others, you must discipline yourself. After all, your actions will speak louder than anything you can say.

In order to gain the respect of others, strive to lead by example in every area of your life.

When you follow these simple guidelines, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a truly great leader!

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9 thoughts on “How to Become A Great Leader”

  1. Nice article, Roy. I like this quote about leadership: “The best example of leadership is leadership by example” ~ Jerry McClain

  2. That’s a good quote. I like this one: “Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

  3. Very interesting subject. Thanks for posting . I like this quote about leadership – hope you do too. “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others” ~ Jack Welch However, I think that my all time favorite leader is probably Winston Churchill. He was an inspiring man and knew how to encourage people. I’m trying to learn that too. Thanks Roy.

    1. That’s an awesome quote by Jack Welch, Fiona. Thanks for sharing it and Winston Churchill is one of my favorite leaders also. Best Wishes with your aspirations of becoming an encouraging person like he was. As Churchill once said, “Never, never, never, never, never give up.” It was his most famous speech ever, at his old school speech day, and he got a standing ovation for it – just seven words!

  4. Very nice blog, and very useful tips, thank you for this article about coming a leader. Excellent stuff, Roy.

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