What Does it Take to be a Good Leader?

UTD blogger: William King

Some people may think that being a leader means you just get to boss people around and tell them to do this or that. That is not the case. At least not the quality of a good leader. Being a leader is much like being a team player. I will be showing you three principles that can and will help you become a good leader.

1. Lead by example

First and foremost is to lead by example. A good leader can demonstrate a path to success. When a leader is doing all of the right things, he/she seems more apt to be a leader. No one wants to the follow a person that is on the wrong path, so if a leader shows an inability to complete their task, how can they inspire and encourage others to complete theirs?

2. Inspire and encourage

A good leader must know how to inspire a team and encourage them to get the task completed.

Inspiring a team is one of the hardest tasks for a leader because people are inspired by different things and, even if everyone has a goal to be successful, people often have their own ideology of success.

3. Listen and adapt

Yes, even leaders have to listen if they want to be considered a good leader. They have to not only hear but also listen to everyone’s thoughts and ideas. If there is an issue, they are responsible for changing the situation to better the team environment. Making the situation ideal for everyone will increase team productivity.

These principles show that being a leader is more than just being the boss and bossing people around. A leader must be able to conduct themselves in many ways to be successful.  If you follow these simple principles, you yourself can become a great leader too.

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