A leader is the one who takes a cluttered group of people and organises them to work towards a collective and specific goal. Not only that, a leader does this through influence, by inspiring them to do the tasks willingly, by filling them with motivation and enthusiasm. A leader plays a crucial role not just in a organisation, but everywhere a team is involved in completition of any task.

 “A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.” 

A leader is the one who takes a cluttered group of people and organises them to work towards a collective and specific goal. Not only that, a leader does this through influence, by inspiring them to do the tasks willingly, by filling them with motivation and enthusiasm. A leader plays a crucial role not just in a organisation, but everywhere a team is involved in completition of any task.

Books on LeadershipA leader is very different from a manager. While management is a role/task in an organisation, to lead is a choice, a calling. To make a team work together efficiently and willingly for a collective goal is what a leader does. There are many books on leadership that teaches a lot about its importance.

Qualities like perseverence, persuasiveness, honesty, confidence, commitment, risk-taking ability, empathy, knowledge of work are crucial to lead effectively. A leader must have a clear goal for the organisation and must strive to take everyone towards that goal. The competition lies not just in the organisation's products/services, but also in the way the organisation works in order to grow which makes leadership indispensible ingredient for success.

Everyone prefers to work with a leader over a non-leader. It is no surprise that leaders take the company to a whole new level of efficiency. If you possess leadership qualities, it will get easier for you to get opportunities. If you have those qualities, you will be expected to take the company towards its goal by making strategies to complete certain objectives.

To be able to influence is the most crucial trait of a leader. Everyone works a little extra when it comes to their own interests and benefits. A leader must make every member of the team feel involved in the goals and invested in the accomplishments. To know that your role makes a difference in the results is a motivation to work harder and therefore, a leader is not someone who would give orders. Motivating and generating enthusiasm is his/her key role because the focus is to work as a team with another level energy.

It is very important for a leader to build the trust of his/her group on him. Only if your team trusts you and your visions will they fully co-operate with you. To gain that trust, it is important to communicate personally with your team members and to be honest and empathetic with them. If you do not understand your team, they will never understand you.

It is important to understand that a leader isn't made overnight. It takes time to inculcate the skills and qualities of a leader and brush up the skills. Only then will you slowly be shaped into one. It is essential for a leader to work with great respect for others and to be passionate. A leader who respects and the one who is respected is truly a great leader.