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Do You Have Leadership Potential?

Updated on April 23, 2012

How good a leader are you?

How do you assess your leadership qualities? Not very difficult at all. The moment you instinctively raise your hand and volunteer to carry out a task, you realize your leadership skills. This generally happens at a young age particularly when children go through school which is their second home.

The chances of a mature individual acquiring leadership skills is not ruled out though, thanks to the countless number of courses that we have today that boast of making leaders out of you. But it is a fact that no one can become a leader overnight. It is due to the presence of a natural tendency and the skills that one learns along the way as he grows up that makes him a leader.


Is there "a born leader"?

The answer to this question is both 'yes' and 'no'. When you excel in displaying your leadership qualities, people tend to call you 'a born leader'. But there is actually nothing called 'a born leader'. Man is not what he is but what he makes of himself. Every human being does have the leadership instinct but it stays latent in a majority of the population.

Most of the traits that an individual possesses are dependent on the environment he/she is brought up in. Let me just mention 'he' for all practical purposes, otherwise if I were to concentrate on the gender, the purpose of this hub would be defeated. When we raise our children in a positive way encouraging them and allowing freedom to the permissible extent, then we could say that they are likely to develop leadership skills.

As parents, when you over protect and pamper your children, they are likely to depend on you for each and every action and will not have enough confidence to be independent, so obviously their chances of leading a group are minimal. So an individual's upbringing plays a very crucial role in molding a person into a leader or otherwise.

Traits you see in a leader

A leader is one who:

  • does things for the sake of a group or community and not for himself alone
  • is responsible and is aware of what he is doing because the others are watching him
  • is able to gain the trust of people around him
  • is able to motivate the others to follow him
  • is continuously learning from the others around him and treats his followers well
  • encourages team work because he knows that things can be better done when people work in a team
  • accepts healthy input from the people around him so that he is able to make a sensible decision
  • is endowed with patience and persistence
  • gets things done but also works with the others because he believes that he has to initiate matters so that the others will emulate his actions

I wish to conclude this hub with 2 great quotes from 2 of the world's great men:

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
~Former US President John Quincy Adams

Lead and inspire people. Don’t try to manage and manipulate them. Inventories can be managed but people must be led.
~Dallas Billionaire Ross Perot

So, leadership is all about people, engaging, educating and motivating them and fine tuning them towards working to build a better society and a better world.






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    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much Mary for the wonderful comment. That's a great point to add to this topic.

      Thanks for the votes too. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Mary,

      You are still a leader Mary and a great one at that. You are leading many of your fellow hubbers like me. You are doing great.

      Very kind of you to visit and comment here. Thank you very much for the share and the votes.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      Mary Craig 

      7 years ago from New York

      Short but sweet and to the point! Knowing if you are a leader certainly helps you become a better leader. You may not lead the parade but you can certainly lead the business meeting! Nice job.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      7 years ago from Florida

      Good Hub for thought...I always considered myself a leader when I was in the work world, now I just want to follow along nice and slow.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share and Pin.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      I think most of us want to become a leader during some stage in our life and it usually happens when we cross our twenties and step into the thirties in my personal opinion. I realized it at this stage only. Taking a course certainly shows you the right way to lead people.

      Thanks very much Lipnancy for your views on this topic. Much appreciated. Cheers, Rema.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Michelle for sharing your views here. I think you are a true leader because you say that you are confident in life doing things the way you want. That is certainly a leadership quality!

      Thanks for the share too. Cheers, Rema.

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      Nancy Yager 

      7 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Leadership is something that I developed later in my career. Yes I took a course in leadership which I recommend to anyone. Leaders are all around us, but usually not the CEO's.

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      Michelle Liew 

      7 years ago from Singapore

      I sort of fall somewhere in between, I think, Rema. I am neither really a leader, or truly a follower, but am good at leading myself and am confident doing things my way. Best describes me! I just he to inspire the right way when the time comes! Thanks for the share, which I share too.

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      7 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thank you very much tlmcgaa70 for taking the time to post a nice comment here. Very true. I do agree with you.

      Cheers, Rema.

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      tlmcgaa70 

      7 years ago from south dakota, usa

      another trait of a good leader is knowing when to follow. i have seen some people try to lead having no clue how to do it, they want the attention that comes with leading but do not know how to lead. most people in positions of power (for example the us president and house and senate and congress) are not good leaders...they want the position for the money and power and whatever else they can gain for self...and can care less about the people they are supposed to be leading. if they were true leaders they would care more about the people they were leading then for self gain or glory. great hub!

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Glad you liked it Yaduvanshi. Thanks for visiting this hub.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      Yaduvanshi 

      8 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      Very nice article

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      Yaduvanshi 

      8 years ago from Bharat Vrse

      Very nice article

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Sun-Girl,

      Yes, there is no one who is a born leader, it all depends on how you groom yourself. Nothing is impossible in life and with perseverance and patience you can become what you really want to be. Thanks very much for the feed back.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      Sun-Girl 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Great tips which is very helpful and quite informative you actually shared in here but i strongly believe that nobody is a born leader rather it all depends on individual goals and aspirations coupled with determination can take you to anywhere you wish to be .

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks Chatkath for visiting this hub and for the good feedback.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      Kathy 

      8 years ago from California

      Great Hub remaniki! You provided insight into a question many ask!

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Thanks roadrockafella for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. Nice to be a follower, to be one you need to be sincere and focused. Great!! There can be no leader without followers and in order to lead, you must be able to follow and emulate good leaders.

      Cheers

      Rema

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      roadrockafella 

      8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Very nice article. I always wonder if I have these qualities, but I'm a very good follower though :D

    • remaniki profile imageAUTHOR

      Rema T V 

      8 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi dahoglund,

      Surprisingly, I too had the same problem when at school and I used to feel amazed when my friend used to raise her hand even if she did not know the right answer to the teacher's question. But in my thirties, I realized that I had a big fan following because people really thought I could lead a group. I hadn't realized this all those years. It may be a matter of one's comfort level as you said, but in general, people who are quick to respond to a call for action are considered leaders and have a huge following. Thanks for the comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Overcoming shyness was always difficult for me so it took a bit of effort to raise my hand in class.Later in life when I was training someone else to tke over my job I found she had much the same problem, although she was far from bein a shy person. Sometimes it is a matter of feeling comfortable in the role you are in.

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