Seven Ways To Improve Your Leadership Skills

Seven Ways To Improve Your Leadership Skills

               The father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi once said: “I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people”. This is so true and apt for any democratic nation especially in a country like India. If we look into the past, there have been many nation-states that have fallen and many that have set an example for great cultural values. Even the Greek and Roman civilization perished in antiquity. Today, we read all about it in history through a grand cultural lens, and sometimes ponder: what really makes a great leader? Are there still any people left who emulate leaders that matter? Well, there are many in this world and one must not lose hope in humanity and peace.

              Leaders do have an impact on the lives of people in every generation. In India, the greatest leader who exemplified force and sophistication through simplicity is perhaps Mahatma Gandhi. Helping India get independence from the British was no easy task. Leadership has many hallmarks in every profession, not just limited to politics. They are based on certain principles that every leader abides by while making decisions and leading people to victory. Ideology, will-power, compassion, patience and the whole moral compass determines the true mark of a leader, not just in decades but even centuries when nations no longer exist! Today, leadership skills and abilities are an all-encompassing characteristic for those who are driven and want to make this world a better place.

          These are points to remember that one can always change and must embrace challenges despite how hard life may be. Leadership skills and ability can be inculcated by anyone and if people start applying these principles to work, then there is no limit to success despite how hard challenges may be!

  Here are seven ways to improve your leadership skills-

  • The first task for a leader is to have unwavering faith in himself and the principles he stands for! Great leaders do leave an impact not just on any one generation but as far as human-life can go. Leaders are passionate about the work they do and inspire many people in that profession. Be it politics or the mass media, there have been many personalities that have had an impact on the lives of others.
  • Today, we find many traits that are common with most leaders who don’t have the same culture, background, education, gender or personality. The second strong characteristic is commitment and persistence. Today, be it in the corporate world, we have leaders like Ratan Tata and Narayan Murthy who have set examples for many youngsters. In politics we have great leaders to look up to- Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Pt. Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Lal Bahadur Shastri and A.P.J Abdul Kalam. In sports, we have cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, M.S Dhoni and Virat Kohli today. In almost every profession, leader’s do set examples and benchmarks for themselves and others by strong commitment and persistence through realistic actions.
  • The third aspect is to have an attitude for introspection and correction. Human beings falter all the time. Leaders do have their strengths, idiosyncrasies and weakness. Many a time, leaders who have influenced people, do have a strong penchant for introspection and acknowledgment, especially on their ideas and actions which make a difference to the lives of others. This is an important aspect of leadership capability.
  • The fourth point, if one has to improve leadership abilities and skills is to understand one’s strengths and weaknesses. Great leaders do use their strengths to their advantage and work on their weaknesses. Change is possible in every person if one only decides to roll the dice towards positivity and action.
  • The fifth aspect of a great leader is to understand failure and success. When many don’t deliver results in a profession, they generally fail. A great leader is one who acknowledges failure and embraces the spirit of failure with positivity. The point is one has to get back in the game and take charge of the limitations that beset one’s attitude towards success and failure. This goes a long way in life for anyone.
  • A rare factor these days is for an individual to be objective, helpful and selfless at the same time in spite of great adversity they face. But the truth is there are people still out there, and those who matter will make a difference to the lives of others. The reason we read so much about great people even centuries later is because they all possessed that in-built drive to bring change in their respective profession and the society at large.
  • The last point one has to remember is to be compassionate and loving to everyone. One must make sure that one’s ego does not come in the way of leading people. A true leader will strive to maintain a great balance between his or her personal and professional life. Serving the higher purpose while still being objective and hard-working makes a lot of difference to oneself and others.


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