Ever wonder what made legends such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln different from the others? Other than being righteous human beings, they were some of the greatest leaders known to mankind. Leadership is a skill that individuals possess to "lead" or "guide" people. It is a skill that all individuals need to possess throughout their lives. People who possess high leadership skills tend to be more successful in life as they have the motivation to achieve.
There are a basic set of qualities that a good leader should have. Any good leader needs to be Patient, he/she is leading a group of individuals who are all different from each other and this could cause friction in the group. It is the leader's duty to communicate effectively. That right there is another significant quality a leader needs to have, ability to Communicate Effectively. The leader should be highly Motivated and needs to Stay positive at all times. The leader also needs to be Creative and Responsible Another important quality for a leader to possess is being Open to feedback. A good leader should be able to accept negative feedback and also work on the positive feedback they receive.
A group, no matter the setting, can only work successfully as long as they have a strong leader to lead them. If the leader doesn't have integrity, the group tends to lose trust in him/her, making the working of the group go down. If the leader isn't able to communicate effectively with the group, there is no purpose to a group. The leader also needs to be able to adapt to the specific individuals in the group. He/she has to understand the needs of the group members and work accordingly. If not, it could create friction in the group.
Whether you are in school, college or working, as long as you are active in a group setting, leadership is an essential quality that all individuals should possess to be successful at what they do. If it is something that you think you lack, you can work up on it by focusing on acquiring the individual essential qualities of a leader. It is guaranteed that it will only bring you success.
"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."
- John C. Maxwell