QUALITIES OF A GREAT LEADER
یوم یدعو کل اناس بامامھم فمن اوتی کتابہ بیمینہ فاؤلئک یقرؤن کتابھم ولا یظلمون فتیلا۔
“On the day when we call every people with their leader. Whoever is given his record in his right hand –these will record , and they will not be wronged one bit”.
وجعلنا منھم أَئما یھدون بامرنا لما صبروا وکانو بآیاتنا یوقنون
“And we appointed leaders from among them, guiding by our command, as long as they preserved and were certain of our communication “
Everyone defines the leadership regarding their own perspective but I am going to define the leadership qualities from my perspective.
Have you ever seen the person who has the courage to do of what he has afraid to do?
If yes, so that is the person said to be a great leader because he never dreamed about success rather he/ she worked for it. Leadership is not about to being charge. It is about taking care of those in your charge. Because your subordinates will work effectively and enthusiastically only if being a leader you give them respect, motivation, develop self belief in them that they can achieve each goal which they want to accomplish.
The great leader is unpretentious and is almost always have the positive attitude that he/she can easily understand the state of team members and thus he very humbly guide them to achieve their goals.
A real great leader is a change maker ,he or she can change the lives of his/ her employees/ Nation through teach them practically the difference between failure and success. Before leadership your success is all about growing your personality but when you become a leader your success is all about growing others .A leader can change others’ lives through practical work.
The leader without vision cannot convert his ideas into implementation, but a real hero, a great leader, has the vision to convert his thoughts, objectives, goals and ideas into realistic success stories. A great leader inspire others through his action and vision because they never find the fault but find the remedy to cope with these faults or problems .A great leader has the ability to paint a great and vivid picture of where his/her group or organization is headed. Through the vivid and great vision a leader can motivate and guide actions.
HONESTY AND RECTITUDITY:
Honesty, integrity, and rectitude are the ingredients of the great leadership. Without these ingredients nothing would be possible to accomplish. If the leader is honest, optimist, and rectitude,. No doubt his followers will be honest, optimist, and rectitude. The main purpose of a great leader is to produce more leaders not to produce more followers.
For a great leader, confidentiality, and trust, of their followers, is the most important thing when the followers/ employees have trust in their leader they can share each and everything with their leader so the leader can guide them in a righteous way. A trusted and great leader almost always get more from his followers and have a strong following. Because the great leader is fully aware of the fact that the trust builds over time and it takes a long time to develop so it is the quality of a great leader that he/she helps others and ensures their confidentiality.
A great leader should be confident enough to become a role model for his followers. When the leader ensures about his own power of decision making and other qualities, only and only then his followers will follow him. As a leader one has to deal each and everything with confidence. Being a leader you must show assertiveness to your followers to gain their trust and respect. A leader become great because of their ability to empower others not by the power of his post of leadership.
INSPIRATION FOR THE FOLLOWERS:
Being a great leader you have to become an inspiration for your subordinates as well as for others. To inspire others you must be skillful and multi talented. A great leader persuade others to follow by setting himself as an example, by thinking positive, and have to seek opportunity in each difficulty.
Through such attitude you will be followed by your subordinates, through such practice one can overcome each challenge easily.
ALLEGIANCE AND PASSION:
A great leader must be passionate because your team look up to you. When your team see you are doing in a manner by yourself, they will also perform their level best, and through this you will gain your team member’s support and respect.
BEST COMMUNICATION SKILLS:
Being a great leader you have to convey your vision to your team members. A great leader must clear the vision, strategy, and objectives to his subordinates to achieve their maximum potential. Because it is the quality and ability of a great leader to clearly and succinctly explain his employees everything from organizational tasks to the specific goals. Leader must have mastery in all of communication skills along with presentation skills like one –on- one , and can full-staff conversation through e mail, social media as well as on telephone.
A great leader has best communication and presentation skills, and through these he/she can motivate people by the power of his words and actions as well.
POWER TO DECISION MAKING:
To take initiative and making the right decision on right time is the quality of a great leader. Positive thinking and decision taken by leader have great impact on team members as well as on others. Once the decision has taken it must be executed.
A great leader always welcome to criticism on his work. Where he or she feel pride of being appreciated by others there he also welcome to be criticized because though criticism he/ she can improve his/ her work as they came to know that where they are lacking and how they can improve it. A leader’s mind set must be flexible rather than rigid. A leader should make himself/herself regularly available to discuss all the concerns and issues of their subordinates.
THE GREAT LEADER, THE GREAT INNOVATOR:
The quality of innovation and creativity differs a leader from a follower. The capacity to transform vision into reality by action is the quality of a great leader. Today, the world is in fast paced and to compete with such developed competitors, the leader must be innovative and creative. He is supposed to welcome the creativity and new ideas from his team and others.
A great leader avoids the dictatorial style of and have to be empathetic to become an inspirational leader by working hard and provide your subordinates with the appropriate solutions to their problems by showing empathy. Because without having empathetic attitude you cannot gain the trust and respect from your subordinates.
It is always have seen that the last minute change always occur at work. A great leader must be flexible, and welcome to all the new ideas and changes. Employees will appreciate your flexibility to accept the change. Similarly the leaders have to be open for feedbacks and suggestions from the team members as well as from others. Being a great leader it is your responsibility to provide each possible comfort in the organizational set but still if your employees have some issues with the office environment, you have to listen their problems and to be open to making necessary changes in organizational environment or setup.
To develop these qualities, you can become a great leader, but no one is perfect and if you feel that you are lacking somewhere, so you can work hard to overcome your weaknesses and to convert your weaknesses into your strengths in order to achieve your maximum potential. Being a leader one must have to take the responsibility of his followers in order to guide, motivate, and support them.
نگہ بلند ، سخن دل نواز ، جاں پر سوز
یھی ھے رخت سفر میر کارواں کے لیۓ
High aims, heart charming words, vigorous spirits are the material for leaders.
ھاتھ ھے ا للہ کا بندہ مومن کا ھاتھ
غالب و کار آفریں ، کار کشا ، کار ساز
TRANSLATION: Momin’s hand is Allah’s hand, Dominant & creator of work, trouble shooter,Go getter.
BY HINA BEGUM