Friday, 5 July 2013

What does it take to be a leader?

I attended a leadership course this week called Frontrunner for disabled students and met an awful lot of amazing people. All of us had different backgrounds and different goals and, seemingly, a different idea of what a leader is and should be.

We can all basically agree that the perfect leader has a certain set of characteristics (considerate, thoughtful, just, strong, resilient, intelligent, strategic, personable, charismatic etc.) but as individuals we all lead differently.

What is the goal of a leader? Is it a constant path towards identifying which qualities they posses and then learning how to use them or improve upon them? Is it picking which of these qualities they want and drawing that quality into their repertoire?

For me, being a leader is keeping an open mind, throughout all things you might experience. It is trying to gain something from every encounter. It is the day in day out struggle of every person to decide where they want to go and what they want to do.

I'm glad to know that there are 36 talented, ambitious and inspiring leaders stepping back into the real world to testing their strength; because without leaders where would we be?

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