How You Can Become a Successful Leader

How You Can Become a Successful Leader

By Abby Johnson – Tue, 08/10/2010 – 3:13pm.

6 steps to make it happen

How would you define a leader? Political figures, teachers, actors, and many other people may come to mind, but it’s important to know that a title does not qualify a leader. Even owning a small business doesn’t define a leader. According to, a leader is “a guiding or directing head, as of an army, movement, or political group.”

Anyone can be a leader, but just as the above video points out, it takes a lot of work. There are many qualities that a leader needs to posses. For starters, a leader needs to have a plan. By having a plan, a leader knows what to expect and can address issues proactively.

Secondly, a leader needs to have a vision. In other words, a leader needs to guide, in this case, his employees, toward one particular goal.

Taking the second step just a little further, the third element a leader needs is to do is share the vision. All the employees need to be on board with the leader in order to develop the vision and turn it into a reality.

Fourthly, a leader needs to take charge. Not only does a leader need to execute his authority, but he also needs to take action. These actions could be anything from making a decision to launching a product.

A leader should also inspire through example. Leaders need to set the bar for their employees by working diligently on the vision. When employees see this behavior, they will likely follow suit.

Lastly, a leader needs to ask for help. A business owner has so much on his plate that it is impossible to do it alone. Until he learns to delegate, the business will not be unified and could possibly be prevented from growth.

As you think about these steps, remember that leaders are not born that way. While some people do possess more leadership qualities than others, it is possible for the others to become leaders too. It is not an easy task, but it is necessary in reaching success.

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