A leader is one who has the ability to influence people into changing behavior and generate a result.
In reality, we all have the ability to develop leadership skills. While it is true that there are some people who are born with certain characteristics that give them the possibility of becoming great leaders faster, practically all of us have the capacity to develop our leadership skills. Likewise, leadership is a skill that requires practice; knowledge is as important as experience.
“A leader is someone charismatic.” There are many examples of non-charismatic leaders. Charisma is a characteristic that influences positively leadership but does not determine a good leader. Charisma is not an essential element of a leader only an added value.
“The leader is infallible.” That was an idea from the last century when the leader had to be someone who had a deep and practically comprehensive knowledge of their area of work. Today knowledge has increased to such a level that it is almost impossible for a leader to know everything so, rather, it requires being a great coordinator and harmonizer of the knowledge of the entire team.
“A good leader becomes one over time.” It is true that age gives us experience and this helps leadership, but it is also true that there are very young people who, in a short time, accumulate the necessary experience to be a leader. Currently, we have leaders who are from the millennial generation that have set up companies generating millions of dollars in a very short time while capitalizing on the experience of their predecessors. Experience adds but does not determine the quality of leadership.
Today, technology teaches us that the world is moving towards really unsuspected places, and we cannot foresee what is going to happen in 10 years, so leaders must have a spirit of curiosity. That is the most important characteristic; a leader oriented towards disruptive innovation, constant learning, and understanding.
A result-oriented leader inherited from previous centuries and very concerned and busy with the relational issue, that is, a leader who understands that he achieves results with the support of his team is the difference between a medium leader and an extraordinary leader.