Should leaders have certain qualities or characteristics?
Leaders should have certain characteristics in common such as respect, determination, openness, and a commitment to make change for the better. However, each leader should have their own unique set of characteristics reflective of their personality. These characteristics would also reflect an individual’s strengths which give rise to a wide variety of leadership styles and opportunities for people. Leadership wouldn’t be such an exciting thing to learn about if everyone had the same qualities or characteristics in their leadership. Respect, determination, openness, and a commitment to positive change are a basis of characteristics all leaders should possess, but beyond that characteristics of leaders can be vastly different from one another.
How do leaders gain credibility?
Leaders gain credibility by gaining respect from other people. Often this comes in the form of building relationships with others. They also gain credibility by having confidence and being dedicated to what they believe in. As in any situation, it’s important for a leader to be themselves. This means their strengths and personality must come through in their leadership style and how they connect with people, otherwise they run the risk of seeming fake and not gaining credibility.
What is the purpose of leadership?
The purpose of leadership in my view is to collaborate with others to make positive change in the community. There’s always a need for positive change in the world and always improvements to be made, and leadership allows that to become a reality. Through collaborations with others, ideas can become strategy which can then be implemented to make the change needed. If people were acting on their own individual accord, it would result in very limited possibilities for creating positive change.
Can individuals who cause harm be leaders?
Individuals who cause harm are often referred to as leaders and I understand why that is. Many of these people are very influential and know how to gain a large following. They are often intellectual and are able to use rhetoric as well as their passion in order to gain credibility from others. However, in my opinion while they may be influential and can gain such large followings, they are not really leaders. This opinion is based on my ideas of a definition for leadership and the purpose of leadership. According to other definitions, they very likely would be considered leaders and in the world-wide view they typically are, but because I feel positive change is at the root of leadership, I cannot view people who cause harm as being true leaders.