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How To Become a Good Leader IN your work and your life


Charisma may be a natural quality, but it's essential to know how to use it effectively if you want to be a successful leader. Definition, qualities and management... What you need to know about leadership.

Leadership is based on three elements: the individual, the situation and the target group. For example, a person who shows power in front of a group of employees will not necessarily have the same ability to attract others in front of a group of managers.

What's more, although leadership and management are complementary, leaders are not necessarily managers, and vice versa.

What is leadership

Whereas the manager's power is conferred by his hierarchy through his position in the company, which essentially determines his authority over his team, the leader is above all recognized by his peers as a charismatic leader.

The leader shakes things up, creates, is not afraid to innovate or propose totally disruptive solutions. In addition to his natural charisma, it is essentially in his relationships with others that he becomes persuasive.

For example, a certain degree of leadership is essential in times of corporate change. Change management will go all the more smoothly if it is led by a leader who is recognized, listened to and followed by almost everyone.

What is the relationship betwen leadership and management

Leadership is closely linked to management, but they are not the same thing. It is essential for a leader to know how to direct and manage his troops, even if this is not always the case, and a manager is not necessarily a leader.

The manager relies on the possibilities at his disposal (personnel, budget, etc.) and strives to achieve the objectives set (or defined) for him.
The leader, on the other hand, goes further, innovates if necessary, sometimes in surprising and disruptive ways, but above all, he draws his troops into the movement and clearly and enthusiastically supports his trajectory.

Managers generally remain pragmatic, while leaders do everything in their power to realize their dreams, no matter how incredible they may seem.

What's more, a good leader is not only capable of identifying and drawing on the skills of each individual and each group, but also of articulating all this know-how, transforming it where necessary and exploiting it to move the group forward.

How to become leader?

Leadership can be acquired to some extent, if not "by nature", and can be worked on to maximize its potential.

Leadership qualities

To ensure a certain charisma that is indisputable in the eyes of others, certain qualities are essential and characterize a good leader. These include

Confidence: essential for inspiring trust in others and effectively communicating your vision and ideas.

 Vision: a 360-degree view to maximize individual potential and achieve collective goals.
 Open-mindedness: nobody holds the truth. Knowing how to challenge oneself and remain curious about all new opportunities and possibilities is essential to realizing one's dreams. Leaders know they can't do it alone. There's strength in numbers, and strength in collective knowledge.

 Leading by example: this is a fundamental principle. To listen to and follow others, we must lead by example and practice what we preach.
 Alignment with values and beliefs: a good leader can only be convincing if he or she is deeply in tune with the project and the ideas he or she is defending.

 Multi-disciplinary intelligence: good leaders instinctively perceive the abilities, personalities and working methods of their colleagues. Armed with all this, they are able to bring their world together and lead it towards the best possible success for each individual.

 Empathy: an integral part of a highly developed emotional intelligence, enabling leaders to bring out the best in each individual.

 Freedom: independence in terms of ideas and decisions, closely linked to self-confidence and a sense of responsibility.

 Responsibility: linked to the previous section.
Responsibility: in connection with the previous section, managers who make free choices must assume responsibility for their decisions, risk-taking, etc.

Take the initiative: good leaders are admired and respected for being decisive, confident and bold.
 Defend and push your ideas calmly and respectfully: even if you have a good idea, it's no use if you can't present it, explain it and sell it, so to speak. Knowing how to persuade is therefore a major asset.

 Effective communication: this is an essential skill for getting your ideas across and, above all, for gaining the support of your subordinates. Leaders listen to their subordinates and are constantly asking them for new possibilities and opportunities.

 Identifying and harnessing individual talents within the team: this is one of the pillars of leadership, which consists in identifying, harnessing and organizing individual and collective talents to ensure success for all.

 Shake things up for the benefit of each individual and the group as a whole: disruption and innovation are two powerful leadership concepts. Always challenge your ideas, your work and the group as a whole, so that you can reach the heights of your dreams.