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What makes a good leader?

Recently I was having a conversation with my niece and she mentioned that she wasn’t a leader because she was introverted.

That got me thinking, what really makes a leader? So I looked it up, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary,

Definition of leadership

lead·​er·​ship | \ ˈlē-dər-ˌship \

1: the office or position of a leader 2: capacity to lead 3: the act or an instance of leading 4: LEADERS

Does that mean that in order to be a leader you have to be loud, outgoing, confident, charismatic, funny, beautiful? Hell no!

There are only 3 things you need to be a leader, period.

Desire to help

The ability to listen


So how do these 3 skills do that?

Desire to Help - If you don’t want to lead people you won’t make a good leader

The ability to listen - How are you going to get people to follow you if you can’t communicate with them, and how can you communicate if you can’t listen?

Self-Confidence - This is different from confidence, confidence comes from doing something enough times to build competence, whereas if you're leading people to a new place you need to have confidence in yourself to adapt, accept adversity, deal with challenges, get everyone to the finish line.

To be a leader is to be a person who is willing to lead a group and has the ability to get people to follow them.

Leaders can always get shit done, because a leader knows they can create an environment that people want to follow in. They will always have people willing to work, contribute and sacrifice for their shared vision.

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