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5 Steps to Become a Successful Leader

Updated on June 11, 2011

The ability to plan: Leaders are known to be proactive rather than reactive. In other words they are dependable and action oriented during the time of crisis. This is not to suggest that they sit and wait for the crisis to develop. In fact the true leadership means identifying and solving the potential problem before they reach the point of crisis. Moreover, the leaders can turn crisis into opportunity. In other words efficient leaders plan and modify their plans according to new circumstances and opportunities.

Visionary: Vision is the ability to foresee in advance. It is an essential trait of a good leadership as it provides direction and guidance to the organization. A vision statement about the business organization that a leader leads is the first task that must be accomplished. Planning in itself is not of much use in the absence of a vision. A vision embodies dreams and passions of a leader while planning will offer a roadmap to achieving them.

Share their vision: The vision a leader has must be shared with others to help the vision grow and the leadership develop. When leaders share their vision they help strengthen their belief in the vision and thereby inculcate a strong determination to turn leadership vision into reality. The others begin to see the leader as a person determined to achieve their goals. Consequently, the others acknowledge a leader and begin to trust her.

Take charge: Once you have planning and vision in place, the next step is taking charge. This is the point where leaders get into action. The action required here is both – the normal routine and day to day action, as well as action needed in responding to a crisis. The leader ensures that appropriate actions are carried out. You can’t just “talk smart” and hope to win people. You need to take action and be seen as acting efficiently.

Inspire through examples: The others find inspiration from the examples of solid and concrete deeds they did and actions they took. All of us can easily cite examples of the things done by the leaders we admire. No body remembers a person for his empty speeches, no matter how high sounding those speeches might have been. We are inspired by the integrity that gives those exemplary leadership actions meaning.


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      Ajit Kumar Jha 7 years ago from Delhi

      You're right. I am planning the next hub on "are leaders born or made?" which should address the query raised by you.