"A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way." – John Maxwell
The leader implies that someone or something is leading. It also means that it is a destination, goal or outcome. The leader is the one who guides others along the way. There are leaders and followers. Sometimes people can move fast from being one to another. Both positions, leaders and followers have pros and cons. Leaders are responsible for success or failure in efforts. So if a venture is successful, the leader can be introduced to an even greater position. If a failure fails, a leader may be demoted or fired. Leaders are also rewarded and given credit when everything goes right. Some people enjoy the responsibility of being a leader. Followers can enjoy the need to make no decisions. Followers can enjoy the simplicity of working on tasks against deciding what tasks to do, why and how to do them.
Being a leader takes certain types of abilities. Someone in leadership must make decisions and decide how, when and where things will be done. The mystery of choice falls on its shoulders, and also the burden of its consequences is rolled. A leader must have knowledge of his industry or profession to know with confidence that he is making the right choice. He must also have communication skills to convey this to his team. There is a certain charisma that a leader must have. It does not have to be the official speaker, but simply the opposite of the strength that others are drawn to want to follow. Finally, the best leaders are also the servant and humble – ready to do for their team everything they need to accomplish their goals.
Followers generally monitor the decisions of the leader. Followers can not always agree with what the leader wants to do, but by nature they perform their tasks. Followers help to achieve goals but may not recognize by promotion or payment. They are also unlikely to be fired if the leader is responsible for his choice, but they play an important role in any organization within the organization – the leader can not accomplish much things himself.
Are you born leaders? Not necessarily. People can learn skills to act as better leaders. Many people have instincts or encourage to take control. Other leaders are invited and choose to take leadership role. Some leaders are elected in a position. Others take a position by force. Do not make a mistake, no matter how you get there, if you think you're a leader, but nobody's left, you're thinking wrong. The very term "leader" inherently implies that there is someone who follows. Only those who influence others to follow can be called leaders. "He who thinks he leads, but has no followers, just walks." Chinese Reputation
A leader appears in everyday life, whether on the playground or in the boardroom. Guiding you or others involves determining the priorities and making decisions. Over time, everyone develops some kind of leadership skills and becomes an example for their peers. Children are generally considered followers. They do what their parents tell them. Parents making decisions are leaders. Sometimes children start making decisions and develop their own leadership skills. These talents should evolve in adulthood if leadership role is chosen – and it only happens intentionally, not by default or status.
Both leaders and followers are required in any organization. The best leaders were also the best followers first. Being trained, humble, confident, or talented, and taking action are exercises that an adherent needs to accept to be good in both roles should a summit take place.
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