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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Become a Leader...

Many leaders have certain traits and perform certain tasks that allow them to be respected by other individuals. If you would like to become a respected leader, then you need to be knowledgeable about what it takes to be a good leader. Keep the following in mind in order to become a successful leader.

1.Know your strengths: In order to be a good leader, you need to know your strengths. Knowing your character strengths enables you to select environments that allow you to express and develop them.

2.Gain experience: You may encompass all the attributes that a good leader should have, but if you do not have experience in the area in which you would like to become a leader, then you will not be viewed as a knowledgeable leader among others. If you want to become the CEO of a company, you'll have to start at the bottom and gain experience. This holds true for practically every leadership position at your school,college and university level.

3.Work well with people: In order to be a good leader, you need to be able to work well with other people. Good leaders exude superior interpersonal skills. You should be able to listen to others, communicate well, establish trust, ask questions to stimulate thinking, and develop a sense of teamwork. To demonstrate your interpersonal skills, you should go around and meet new people. Talk with them about current issues and listen to what they have to say. This will help you establish a sense of trust among your peers.

4.Be optimistic: Leaders must be optimistic. When faced with a setback, optimists don't give in to feelings of helplessness. They maintain their focus. In whatever area of interest you have, always remain optimistic in any situation that comes your way. This will show other individuals that you can be counted on in times of need.

5.Be willing to take action: Leaders create a vision, set goals that embody that vision, and develop plans that lead to their goals. Don't just talk about what you want to do once you have a leadership position ; take action to get it accomplished.

6.Enthusiasm: Leaders are usually seen as active, expressive and energetic. They are often very optimistic and open to change.

7.Conscientiousness: Leaders are often dominated by a sense of duty and tend to be exacting in character. They have a high standard of excellence and an inward desire to do their best. They also have a need for order and tend to be very self-disciplined.

8.Self-assurance: Self-confidence and resiliency are common traits among leaders.

9.Toughmindedness: Good leaders are practical, logical and to-the-point. They tend to be low in sentimental attachments, comfortable with criticism and are very poised.

These are some of the basic traits a leader must possess, and it depends on how you cultivate these traits within yourself.

Student leadership is important to have because within the schools,colleges or universities, there are hundreds to thousands of students who come from different backgrounds and have different beliefs and values. Students need leaders who they can identify with and count on. When considering a leadership role, make sure you are equipped to handle whatever comes your way.

It have been a month already I holds the presidency of the club. Alhamdulillah, everything went smoothly. Thanks to all who cooperate since I became president. I'm really appreciate that.

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