Are You A Born Leader
By Charles Hopkins
Published 09/20/2007 | Self Improvement
People are not born with any particular skill. We are all born afraid
of falling and of loud noises, but after that everything else is
learned. So it is to become a leader.
Leaders are made not born. Leadership skills are acquired over a period of time based on several factors. Here are 5 of them.
1. Leaders come in all different shapes and sizes. It is
interesting to study effective leaders. At face value they are all
different. They all have developed their own style based on their own
personality and what works for them.
2. A true leader accepts responsibility. Everything from how they
speak to how they act is part of being responsible. It is easy to
follow them because you know where they are going and know they will
lead you as well.
3. Leaders work at being leaders. They are always improving their
skills and learning from the situations they are in. They study people
and have learned how to effectively interact with them to get what they
4. Leadership starts at the top, but is best achieved when
developing a team atmosphere. Leaders know they can do better when
people are working together for one common goal. Sharing in leadership
is part of this process. Making everyone accountable for what they do,
but judging success on the overall efforts of everyone.
5. Situations call for different types of leadership. A
well-rounded leader is able to adapt to their surroundings and lead
accordingly. Coaching a football team is an example of this. Sometimes
the players need a kick in the rear and other times they need a pat on
6. Leaders are respected for what they have accomplished in the
past. A real leader can speak from a position of practical experience
and know they will be listened to because they speak from that vantage
point. A respected leader is able to command more from his people than
a leader who is not.
7. Leaders seek opinions and compile ideas before forming a game
plan. Good leaders know that they cannot come up with every idea that
will work. By allowing input they are able to make a more responsible
As you can see leaders have skills and they use them to accomplish
something every single day. You can become a good leader if you are
willing to work and to learn how to become one.