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Breeding a Leader

Arshad Matin
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Arshad Matin
If everything is acquired by birth what’s the fun in living? Will there be anything called learning? Leadership qualities can be acquired on terra firma and I strongly feel it is about making the organization more attractive through vision and decision.

Leadership is the ability to make decisions, review information, the ability to look at the big picture, not getting too overwhelmed by details and possessing compelling communication skills.

In the present fast paced world a good leader will make quick effective decisions with minimum error. Of course experience and intuition counts. Ability to sift through the information flood from all around and pick out key criteria for decision making separates the crème de la crème leaders from the rest.

Attributes are ingredients, which create styles, and leadership styles are unique to each person. Often the leadership style is the extension of one’s personality. A trait that a leader must demonstrate is empathy, which can be understood by the extrapolation of our personal challenges akin to other’s personal challenges.

It is during the downslide that one’s leadership styles come into sharp focus. It is during such low times that trust has to be won in totality for the person at the helm to be in control. Open and frank communication is the modus operandi to achieve this status. It is important to identify people who will stay long-term in the company and build trust among them during these downturns. Telling what is not to be done is vital. However constant grumbling at meetings are to be avoided and your bad day must not be subjected on the employees. Realistic expectations and mutual accountability is critical.

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