There Is A Leader In You

By Wayland Burns

Of course, not everyone will become a government, community or business leader, but in every person's life, there will be opportunities to lead. Have you ever considered that your mentor or teacher is a leader? If your parents supervise others, or are managers on their jobs, then they too are leaders. You also may be called upon to be a leader. The fact is, leading others does not have an age limit. So, regardless of how young or old you are, you can learn how to lead and value being a positive leader. Sooner or later everyone is asked to lead in one way or another. You may be asked to lead a group project, or you may be chosen as captain of a team, so be prepared.

One of the keys to learning how to lead is to maintain your positive character. Knowing how to be a positive leader can help you get yourself and others out of a bad situation. You may suddenly find yourself in a situation where everyone else is doing the wrong thing. Sometimes making a difference means taking the initiative and having the courage to stand up for what is right. You never know when, through your positive leadership, you may encourage someone else to make a right choice.

Not a born leader? Join the masses. Most people aren't either; but, don't let that discourage you from learning how to lead. There are many things we are born not knowing how to do, such as reading, writing, or even riding a bike. Learning these skills may have been difficult at first, but you not only learned how to do them, you learned how to do them well.

Leading others requires skills, personality and character, but to be the very best, you must develop a positive character and a harmless, helpful personality. You already know that you must maintain and develop a positive character on a daily basis. As for skills, well, you can learn the skills relevant to leadership in the same way you learned all of your other skills. You practice, practice, practice.

A few practical steps to keep in mind includes: setting your mind in advance that you can be a positive leader; valuing how learning to lead can help you maintain a positive character and finally, don't quit trying.

If you have experienced being in a leadership position, then you are well aware of how much responsibility it takes to be a leader. Remember, there are both positive and negative leaders. What category does your leadership style fall into? Do you motivate others to apply their positive character traits to achieve their goals? Do you treat those who look to you for guidance with respect and compassion? Think carefully about these questions, because being a positive leader includes all of these and more.

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