I am leader

I am a Leader because…

I am leaderA genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership. ~ Nelson Mandela 

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

These are few of the quotes from the renowned and brilliant leaders the history ever had and I have started this article with these quotes as I admire these leaders the most. People talk about changes and different aspects of how to see the changes but I believe the only way to change is to be the part of the change. In this simple article I will try to bring forth different aspects on why should I be called as a Leader?

I am a Leader because:

I am the captain of the ship: Like captain of a ship is responsible for the life of hundreds of commuters, I being the leader of a group am responsible for the growth of the people in the group. I being the captain have the responsibility to take right decisions at right time. As the captain of the drowning ship is the last fellow to jump off the ship, I being the leader have the duty to save my group during the crisis.

I know my team and I trust them: A leader should always be aware of merits and demerits of the people in his group which helps him in taking the decisions. When I know the right fellow to fit in the place I can easily bridge the gaps and this is supported by the trust I am having on my team. The trust is an important factor in the leadership and it should be mutual. The way I trust my team, my team also trusts in my decisions. The trust doesn’t mean following the decisions blindfolded but it shows the mutual respect for the decisions made.

 

I lead by example but not from front: Leading a team does not mean that you are always in the front but it means you are protecting your team if anything goes wrong. It’s about taking ownership and responsibility even if the results are not favorable. I present examples before my team not to overpower them but to show them the ways of how to tackle the different situations. I celebrate the victory from behind but take the front line when in danger.

 

 

I strive for continuous growth and learning: Learning is always a continuous process and being the leader I believe in growing the skills and expertise of my group and me. Learning from the mistakes and from the past is the best way to improve but it’s commendable to learn from other’s mistakes (courtesy ~ Chankaya).

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is to not stop questioning” ~ Albert Einstein

 

I believe in smaller moves instead waiting for a big move. This helps me in keeping the group engaged and in another way a better scope for making progress. Sitting idle and waiting for a big move only depreciates the competence and deteriorates the progress. Instead looking for smaller options and moves always create a way for large successes. Check the history and you can find that there were hundreds of smaller moves behind one big change.

 

 

I don’t always strive for number 1, number 2 is not bad (courtesy ~ Tuesdays with Morrie). This line has encouraged me a lot that number 1 is not the only definition of being successful and top leader. I being a leader have to teach my group also that instead of everyone fighting for number 1, let’s collectively fight and make our group reach at the top. No matter we win or lose but fighting till the end is important. Nobody will kill you if you end up at number 2.

I know how to convince and when to get convinced: I know the convincing power is the greatest tool for my views for getting approved before the group of people at different thought levels. Being the leader of the group I must ensure that no personal views get overpowered and all thoughts and ideas are given equal importance. I also make sure that my team get convinced with my views and the process is effortless with no space for arrogance. On one hand when I know about my convincing skills I also ensure that I am affable for other views as well and I know the threshold of getting convinced.

I believe in being proactive and I don’t wait for savior during crisis: While in Kindergarten I am sure everyone had read the story “the ant and the grasshopper”. How the ants work throughout the summers to save the food for odd days and the grasshopper passes the days in playing and not thinking of future and later the grasshopper succumbs to its hunger.  This story has taught several lessons and different speakers put it in different ways but being a leader I always think in being proactive. Why to wait till the issue comes if I can effectively take some preventive measures before. This quality helps me in either not getting into odd situations or helps me in getting out of them if I have really fallen into one.

I don’t believe in waiting for savior during crisis and instead I try to come out of it. Even if I don’t know how to mitigate the risk I believe in doing some introspection including the retrospection to find the best possible way to get out of the critical situation.

I believe in perseverance:

Success does not come with hard work; it comes with perseverance

This one line has very deep meaning which always teaches me “never give up”.  When I see a toddler trying to walk, an ant climbing a wall, a spider knitting its web the only thing I can figure out is perseverance. They all don’t give up till they achieve what they wanted to get. The fact is true for me being a leader and I continuously strive for the excellence being practical and realist. Leadership is not only about being visionary and idealist; it’s also about getting into the roots to understand the practical differences.

Happy Reading!!

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