I remember when I was in 8th grade, we had it repeatedly pounded into our heads the importance of leadership and being a leader. I remember thinking that it doesn’t make sense to train everyone to be a leader because then there will be no one to lead. My perspective has changed over the years, in large part because I realized that leadership did not mean being able to stand up and give speeches to a large crowd, or be the manager of a big company, or even be team leader in a school project. Being a leader is a virtue that everyone should strive for, because everyone at some point in their life will need to demonstrate leadership.
Understanding what it means to be a leader is important because the qualities that make up a successful leader are qualities that everyone will need to use on a daily basis. Communication is something that is so critical for leadership. You have to be able to convey your message in a way that will convince and motivate people to work toward a common goal. One reason Hitler is considered one of the greatest leaders that ever lived was the way he was able to convince thousands upon thousands of Germans to do something that most people would consider morally reprehensible.
Another aspect of being a leader is being a role model. You need to set the right example for those that follow and look up to you, even if you did not choose your own fans. Being able to influence the minds of people who see you as a leader is a powerful responsibility, and unfortunately one that most celebrities these days don’t do a very good job of. That is why it is important to understand the values of being a leader, because often times you will become a leader without even knowing it first.
There are many other qualities of being a leader that apply to various situations, whether you are leading a company, a school project, or a church. It is also important to remember that you can be a leader in your everyday life. Helping someone out with their homework is leading, volunteering to do community service is leading, and making wise decisions about our own lives can be seen as personal leadership. Any action that provides direction for others or oneself can be considered leading. I would encourage people to see how leadership can be used on an everyday basis to help make the world a better place.
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