What Leadership Means to Me

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What Leadership Means to Me

By | December 2010
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My idea of leadership is being able to inspire others, motivate, set a vision, communicate, respect others, and of course, lead by example. A leader must have an honest understanding of who they are, what they know, and what they are capable of. To be a successful leader, you have to be able to convince your followers, not just yourself or your superiors, that you are worthy of being followed. In my opinion, this can build confidence in their followers to have faith in you, in order to be able to lead. I strongly believe that good leaders are made rather, and not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders are developed through a never ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience. I was asked what leadership means to me. Leadership to me, means the ability to attain four things: social intelligence, initiative, setting a good example, and inspiration. These do not come naturally, but are acquired through continual work and study. A truly great leader is continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills.

I have come to find that being a leader, you will encounter different situations. What you do in one situation will not always work in another. In different scenarios, I believe I was able to use good judgment in order to decide the best course of action needed for a situation. For instance, an NCO may need to counsel their soldier for disobeying a direct order, but if the counseling is too late or too early, too harsh or too weak, then the results may prove ineffective. I strongly believe, that a person can lead through two-way communication, which is expressive of or involving mutual action, relationship, or responsibility, which much of, is nonverbal. For instance, when I “set the example”, it communicates to my soldier that I would not ask them to perform anything that I would not be willing or able to do.

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