Those who are fit enough, to take the pressure from the outside environment or cope with the pressure surrounding , can survive and eventually reach the top of the ladder. In other words, it can logically be put that only the fittest among all can become leaders.
What are the qualities of a good leader?
I have chalked out a few very important qualities without which being a leader is more than absurd. We will quickly go through the pointers –
- A leader must be honest, personally and professionally.
- He should possess clear-cut communication skills and should be able to delegate.
- Confidence is a quality every leader should have but should be well aware to point out the thin line between being confident and being over confident.
- Inspiration, at a constant level marks the leadership quality of an individual. It is necessary for a good leader to inspire the fellow workers and also get inspired.
- A leader should always be positive. This provides an aura for the people the individual is working with. Pessimists never make great leaders. Turn down the pages of the history book and I wonder if you will ever find one!
- A good leader should be committed to his or her work.
- Humour is an essence that a good leader requires. Not only does it release pressure, it develops a sense of camaraderie.
- A good leader should possess a high level of creative sense. Path breaking decisions in corporate or any other spheres are marked by creative geniuses.
- The prickling ear, a hunch – These can make history, bring about a revolution. Intuition is a quality that all great leaders possess and has helped them time and again to make and break deals.
What helps an underdog perform better?
In any field, most of the new workforce are experience-wise malnourished, unconfident lot who need being polished, shaped up, fed with high morale and has a definite chance to shine. Now, it is the duty and responsibility of the seniors to shape up the juniors, who start off their careers as underdogs. A good leader may inspire the underdogs to gather the basic confidence to take the next step. A numbers of factors may work here, depending on the leader, who may take calculated risks to delegate works to the so called underdogs. There may be failures, but after all, failure is the pillar of success.
Can a great leader turn an underdog into a topdog?
I guess, the answer is yes. Or else, who will? A great leader, who leads from the front, will be able to judge the capabilities, confidence level, commitment level and potentiality of each member of his team. The intuition of a great leader will guide him as to how much to delegate to which member of his or her team and how best to inspire his or her team to produce the best leader.
If the work is done as planned by the leader, not only do the underdogs gain huge confidence, they also gather experience. If the methods are repeated time and again, eventually, the drill comes in place and soon the underdogs transform to super-dogs.