Leadership is the process of directing the behavior of others toward the accomplishment of some common objectives.
“Leadership is influencing people to get things done to a standard and quality above their norm. And doing it willingly.”
As an element in social interaction, leadership is a complex activity involving:
1. a process of influence
2. actors who are both leaders and followers
3. a range of possible outcomes – the achievement of goals, but also the commitment of individuals to such goals, the enhancement of group cohesion and the reinforcement of change of organizational culture.
Being a leader and being successful at the same time, at the workplace, requires some characteristics.
Excellent communicator: This helps in making points clearly and being comprehensible to all.
Motivated and innovative: Leaders have to be charged up always so that they can motivate others to do better. They must be innovative and be able to think out of the box. Also, they must have quick fix answers for small problems.
Confident: The confidence of the leader instils confidence in the people. But confidence should not be mixed with arrogance. Leaders are essentially humble and ready to help always, which makes them approachable.
Trust: Last but not the least, the leader has to have the repute of being trusted and on whom the people can keep their faith. Similarly, leaders should always trust and repose faith in the people.