Our club’s main objective is to create active leaders within our community, but what makes a great leader? How do you build trust with the people you are looking to help? Here are just a few qualities one will need to consider when looking to be a positive influence within their community.
When someone says you uphold your integrity, they mean you are the type of person who sticks to their principles, is open and honest. People won’t start following you if they believe you’re going to back stab them in the back.
Have you ever met a leader who wasn’t passionate or committed to the thing they were trying to lead? Of course not, otherwise they would not have a following for very long. In order to lead well you need to be committed to your practice (whatever that practice may be) or people won’t really want to follow you.
And people will be able to tell.
“A leader leads by example, not force.” – Sun Tzu
Probably one of the hardest parts in leadership is making decisions. Some are easy and some are really hard to make. It’s a learned skill and takes a lot of practice, and sometimes the most skilled leaders still have a hard time deciding what the best option is.
Communicating effectively can come naturally to some people, but for others… it takes practice. I’ll admit, I am not always the greatest when it comes to telling people what I need from them. However, so long as you are open to learning and practicing this skill, you will be leading effectively in no time!
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more… you are a leader” – John Quincy Adams
In my personal opinion I believe accountability is one of the hardest qualities to uphold as a leader. Why? Because it means taking responsibility for your actions or the actions of others (i.e. your students). Because when it all comes down to it, you are the one leading them.
Now this does not mean you have to take the blame all the time, but it also doesn’t mean you can put the blame on others when you were the one to act on it.