I once heard it said that if you consider yourself a leader and you have nobody following you, then you are simply taking a stroll. Funny but true. The essence of leadership is in taking people towards a vision. A vision that makes the lives of the people and their generations to come better than the current situation they find themselves in.
When I think about leadership, two things come to mind as necessary for the making of a leader; character and competence. Competence speaks of ability to perform the tasks at hand and deliver what is necessary to move the group towards the vision. Competence answers the question of if the leader has the skills necessary to maneuver the challenges that will come along the way, strategize and solve problems that arise along the way, and generally deal with issues.
Competency is what causes a leader to rise to the top. Or it is that which makes a person the one to be deferred to when situations arise on the path to the destination. But it is character that keeps the leader standing. It is the character of a leader that earns he or she the respect needed. Character also keeps the leader going against all odds. Character is the heart attitude of a leader, and this is what this post is focused on.
The following I believe are necessary pieces of character to form the heart of leadership:
Cultivate the leader inside of you! I know there are more attributes of leadership, so share some with us all…