Name: Donnell Hicks
Title: Be a Leader, Not a Follower
Growing up in American society, while attending elementary and middle school, we’ve all heard of the sayings from adults telling us to “follow the leader” or “be a leader, and not a follower.” Every last one of us wants to create our own business and we all have dreams of becoming CEO of our business that we create, but some of us don’t know what it takes to be a great leader within that business. It takes courage, pride, a vision, and most of all supporting the employees who work in the company and respecting their opinions.
To be an effective leader, a person would have to gain insurmountable courage, resilience, patience, and determination. A leader must stand with his or her people during turbulent times to show a way out of a certain situations. A leader doesn’t run away from his or her duties, because its followers are looking up at them as leader to lead them to the promise land in a professional timely manner. Moreover, leadership is the ability to guide and influence the behavior of others whether it is wrong or right.
In order for a person to be an effective leader, if he or she is willing to build and operate a multi-million dollar corporation, he or she should possess these five basic qualities to gain achievement in the business world:
1. Direction. Within an organization, employees want a leader to lead with a purpose. The leader should have a clear idea of what is to be done. Followers want passion along with conviction from a strong leader amid a strong point-of-view.
2. Trust. A leader must embody integrity, maturity, and candor which are the three most functional qualities for a leader to build on.
3. Hope. Often, leaders will hold on to hope in the belief that it will kindle the fire and optimism in the followers.
4. Goals. A leader will develop the ability to accomplish tremendous difficult tasks. A leader will breed success based upon the results of the goals that he/she has set out for the followers and everybody within the company.
5. Servant Leadership. The last quality a leader needs to have is called the “servant-leadership” quality. A leader will sometimes challenge the process by searching for opportunities, experimenting, and taking risks.
As a leader develops these five special qualities to be an effective leader, he or she will stand as a significant pillar in the workplace for the workers to follow.