What is leadership and what does it mean to be a leader?

There’s no doubt you’ve had several leaders throughout your life. Your definition of what makes a leader may evolve and vary from your co-worker’s, your neighbor’s, or your significant other’s definition. For example, a leader that may stand out in your memory may leadershipbe your father, a favorite teacher, or the President—while your spouse may have thought the President was a lousy leader, her mother was an outstanding leader, and her music teacher stood out most in her mind. Perhaps the characteristics you value in leadership are: Competence, Self-Discipline, and Character, therefore, you chose your leadership role models based on leaders which you feel best embody those qualities. For your spouse, she chose qualities important to her, like communication, passion, and partnering. For a moment, you couldn’t understand how her mother, a gentle soft-spoken woman could possibly be a leader. However, upon further reflection, you consider that she has been married for 43 years, she’s a passionate teacher, and has always been a sounding board for concerns and the mediator for family conflict.

You see, the most basic definition of a leader is: an individual who leads a group of people. Styles, guidance, and control may vary, but in the end, that is the raw definition of a leader. You get to determine what style of leadership is right for you, and as a leader, what style works for your employees, culture, and corporation.

Dr. Chérie developed a list of ten qualities of a successful leader:

  1. Character
  2. Commitment
  3. Communication
  4. Competence
  5. Partnering
  6. Passion
  7. Positive Attitude
  8. Responsibility
  9. Self-Discipline
  10. Vision

When you consider for a moment the kind of leader you are, or want to be, what qualities do you already embody? What qualities need some fine-tuning? What qualities need to be built?

When you are in the leadership role, you will leave a legacy—it’s up to you whether your legacy is that of success or of failure. To book your leadership session today, contact Dr. Chérie.