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Traits of a Leader from a Person Who never Held a Leadership Position

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My thoughts regarding leadership.

Leaders are always important in a group, lest everything devolve into chaos. Here, I will talk about leadership, even though I haven’t held any such position in my life. Let’s start with the traits of a leader, shall we?

Traits of a leader.

If you’re a leader, then be ready to be stubborn. You must defend your decisions, for people will doubt you every step of the way. If you don’t believe in the work you’re doing, then how can you actually make someone else execute the plans you have? So, be ready to be stubborn, and for lots of arguments. You’ll need it to justify your decisions.

Don’t change decisions often. Yes, it’s true that the leader should work according to the situation. But if you use that as an excuse to change your decisions all the time, then your subordinates will realize that you don’t have confidence within yourself.

Don’t hold that you’re a leader over people underneath you. Meaning, don’t remind them of their position. Don’t curse them to the ends of Earth for the smallest of mistakes. If you do that, then it is certain that if they can throw you to a shark, they will certainly do so. No amount of begging and apologies will change their mind. The moral is, don’t be a dick, lest you be thrown to a shark.

Though I did say that you should have stubbornness, you should balance it out carefully. Because when someone is criticizing you for a valid reason, and you fly into a rage, you’re setting yourself up for a lot of pain in the future. So be ready to take criticism of your plans.

The final trait might be the most important of them all. You should never surround yourself with yes men. Because these people won’t tell you the reality. You will never be able to estimate anything successfully as long as they are around you. Just look at how many companies, armies, countries, and empires have been ruined because of this. History is full of such examples. So if you do have yes-men around you, get rid of them.

In the end…

As I’ve stated at the start of this article, I’m not an experienced leader, nor have I held down any position of leadership. I haven’t read any self-help books on the topic either. So take everything with a grain of salt, with some sugar added.

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Published by Tanish Shrivastava

I'm a guy who likes programming, chess, and writing.

5 thoughts on “Traits of a Leader from a Person Who never Held a Leadership Position

  1. I’ve never been a leader but I have worked under one of the worst ones ever. I would say that an important trait is being grateful to the team and not taking all the credit for success (especially after you just put them down). Having the back of your employees is key.

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  2. One type of leader I hate working under is those that don’t practise what they preach. Especially if they ask you to be on time but they themselves seldom show up early themselves. To me, leaders lead from the front. Anyway, thanks for this post!

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