May 6, 2016 Youth Impact

What All Leaders Have in Common

Leadership can never be defined or attributed by a set of values. Leadership does not lie in possessing certain qualities. Certain Sociologists agree with this notion. However others disagree. Whether the quality of being a leader is innate or acquired is a never ending debate.
If we look through a broad perspective, context is a major factor in determining one’s leadership attitude. So it’s neither internal nor just external, but a hybridized form.
Context always varies with situations and the environment you are in. That is why we observe a contrast among leaders. Some are aggressive while others wear a sense of calmness. Both are leaders in their specific context. However there are certain familiar qualities that all of the leaders have.
• Perseverance
It is marked by the consistency of effort even under intense backlash or difficulty. Generally all of the great leaders have this quality. They never quit from the fear of failure. They keep knocking until they achieve.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
― Nelson Mandela1

• Adaptation
A well-known Chinese proverb says that ‘the wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.’
Should you change your originality? No! The purpose of adaptation is to enhance your limited capabilities and be ideal. That is why we label them as ‘Larger Than Life’.

• Diligent
Ever wondered why some of the people who had the innate capacity to become good leaders, could not? That’s because it demands more than just keeping certain traits. People often claim they can do this and that but these things are abstract until they actually do it.
‘If excellence is something you’re striving for, then it’s not an accident. It’s a habit.’

• Humility
All leaders must have this quality. A leader must incorporate everyone. Leader is free from the restrictions of being egocentric. He is down upon. Never loses his identity but self identifies others.
“There’s no reason to not be humble, because as great as you may be, you can always be greater.” ― Jarod Kintz
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