June 25, 2012 | by Felicia Williams
Effective Leadership

To fully understand leadership, you must first understand what being a leader is all about.  Being a leader means you must continue to Learn always, therefore, Evolving and growing more each day. This ensures that you Appreciate all points of view. You have to be Dedicated, and always be willing to Educate others.  You must be Respectful to others and demand the same in return. A leader gives Support whether needed or not, and is always there to lend a Helping hand. You must be Involved in anything you are a part of. You must always take Pride in everything that you do.

It is very important to have strong leadership skills. Everyone wants to lead but only a few are actual leaders. Most people don’t understand the saying “you must learn to follow before you can lead.”  You can’t become a leader by not following the rules. You can’t give orders if you don’t know how to follow orders.

Some people are said to be born leaders. I believe everyone has a leadership seed planted within at birth, and some people just choose not to water and nurture that seed. This is why everyone thinks that they are meant to be a leader, yet not all of them have what it takes to be an effective leader.  An effective leader knows how to give clear and precise direction, to be a team player, and to be accountable. These are just a few things that make a great leader. There are so many components that make up a strong, effective, and all around great leader.

When was the last time you watered your seed?

Felicia Williams

Felicia is an author and educator residing in the Washington, D.C. area. Her favorite pastime is writing poetry while eating pickles.

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