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How To Become Effective Leader

The traits and aspects of what being an effective leader can vary from one person to another. It ultimately depends on your style, for instance, the most feared dictator, Adolf Hitler, through his leadership he nearly brought about world domination, however he ruled and lead his people using fear and dictatorship. On a complete contrast, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, fought and lead India to freedom without using any form of violence, he is to this day a revered leader figure for the entire country of India.

From those two extremes we can clearly see that there is more than one way to become an effective leader, cruel as he was Hitler’s methods worked and passive as he was Ghandhi’s approach worked as well. I am of course in no way suggesting you follow in their style or idealism for leadership, especially not Hitler’s methods. What I am suggesting is that you help the development of your leadership skills by finding out what works best for the situation you’re in.

So here’s a list of things you should find out first in order to ensure yourself proper leadership development.

  • Discover more about yourself – The effective leaders in the world are those who know their strengths and their weaknesses. For instance, if you are a timid, meekly typed person but wishes to be an effective leader, you will have to first fix your own problems first before you can effectively lead people. The good news is, as you’re fixing your own personal problems it is likely that you will pick up certain leadership traits such as confidence.
  • Take up leadership roles – Well of course to be an excellent leader you would have to practice first through trial and error. If you are in any social clubs or activity societies take up responsibilities in those mini organizations. Soon enough you will find yourself leading the pack like a professional.
  • Train yourself – Yes training and education applies here as well. As the saying goes knowledge is power. This is actually a very crucial step towards your leadership development. The principle behind this is because most there are various situations which you may be thrown into as a leader. Traditionally that’s how leaders learn and get better, through trial and error during leadership, however, you are lucky enough to be born in an age whereby most of the trial and errors of leadership have already been experienced and solved by many leaders of the past. All you have to do is learn from their experiences through training, books, articles and you are good to go.

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