A leader is not something every one of us can be. It requires certain capabilities and characteristics that are partly natural and partly can be acquired over the years. A leader is not someone who acts like a boss or someone who tells others what to do. On the contrary. A real leader has completely different qualities. Are you a leader or a follower?
Do you think in opportunities?
A leader thinks in opportunities and in challenges. With every problem and in every difficult situation, the leader sees how this creates new possibilities. A follower thinks in terms of limitations and impossibilities.
Do you stick to your vision?
Whether it is a business strategy, a marketing campaign or product development; a leader comes up with his or her own plan and sticks to it no matter what. Not copying what others do, but formulating a unique, personal vision that differs from how the majority does it. Leaders realize that in an era of hyper-competition it is important to differentiate yourself by standing for something special.
Do you dare to make decisions?
What do you do if you know that a decision can turn out wrong? Do you find it safer in that case to not decide at all? That is where leaders distinguish themselves from followers. Sometimes you are faced with a difficult choice. Do you turn left or right? A leader knows that ‘no decision’ is not an option.
“Leaders rather make a decision and be wrong than suffer from the paralysis of indecision.”
Are you accountable?
When something goes wrong, a leader dares to take responsibility for it. Even though it is not directly his or her fault. It is better than pointing to others or blaming the circumstances.
Do you bring out the best in people?
A leader is as good as the achievements of his or her followers. As a leader you inspire and motivate others. You give them confidence, appreciation and respect for their qualities. That way you bring out the best in them.
Do you learn new things every day?
Regardless of your experience, your knowledge and the successes you have achieved; a true leader is not afraid to admit that every day is an opportunity to learn new things. As soon as you think you know everything, you will no longer develop as a person. A leader is always open to new sounds, new ideas and new developments.
How far can you look ahead?
Leaders have a clear vision for the future and share that vision with others. They know what their ambitions are and what goals they want to achieve. Followers think only one step ahead, focus on the moment or sign up to the vision of the leader.
However, sometimes a good leader is also a follower
A good leader realizes at some moments it is better to listen to others, to respond to unexpected situations and to change a plan or a strategy. Being a follower at the right moment.