Being a Good Leader is Hard Because

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Being a good leader is hard because it is not being good at one or two things but being good at a multitude of things.

Being a good leader means that we need to make tough decisions, even when they dont have all the information they need to make them.

Being a good leader means that we we consistently work to improve our self awareness.

Being a good leader means that we are responsible for the well being of not just ourselves but all of those who are in our charge.

Being a good leader means that we show tough love when someone needs it.

Being a good leader means that we become good, active listeners.

Being a good leader means that we get good at identifying high potential and turn that into high performance.

Being a good leader means that we are the custodian of the culture of the organisation that we lead.

Being a good leader means that we learn to stay humble and yet hungry, not just for ourselves but for the team that we lead.

Being a good leader means that we become trust-worthy and trusting.

Being a good leader means that we need to learn how to handle conflict and have difficult conversations when needed.

Being a good leader means that we continuously strive to align our team goals with the goals of the individuals we lead.

Being a good leader means that we are responsible for hiring the right people for the team and take responsibility for wrong hires as and when they happen.

Being a good leader means that we bring the right amount and kind of energy to any situation.

Being a good leader means that we learn to allow our people to make their own mistakes and learn from them, when necessary.

Being a good leader means that we understand that mistakes are bound to happen when we push boundaries and also to know to not repeat the same mistakes, which tells us that we didn’t learn from them.

Being a good leader means that we ensure that we all learn from each other’s successes and failures or mistakes.

Being a good leader requires us to be fair and equitable to everyone in the team and in all situations.

Being a good leaders means that we are humble enough to be open to feedback and suggestions so that we can get better as a leader.

Being a good leader means that we need to learn to look past someone’s or some situation’s current reality to see the future potential.

Being a good leader means that we set and expect high standards of performance and behaviour within the team.

Being a good leader means that we constantly strive to build our influence within and outside the team.

Being a good leader means that we are always looking for ways to remove roadblocks (internal or external) for our teams.

Being a good leader means that acknowledging and behaving in congruence to the rule – all success belongs to the team and all failures to the leader.

Being a good leader means that we are always training, mentoring and developing better leaders within our teams, who can go out and spread the goodness of a good leader.

Being a good leader requires us to be able to take on multiple roles (philosopher, designer, teacher, student, scientist, futurist, antagonist, cheerleader, coach, mentor, student, sense maker, communicator, inspirational, wise elder, thought leader, protector, connector, facilitator, problem solver, etc) depending on the situation.

And the self awareness to know which role is needed to be adopted when.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Mukesh Gupta
I currently work for SAP as Customer advocate. In this capacity, I am responsible to ensure that the voice of the customer is being heard and play the bridge between customers and SAP. Prior to joining SAP, I have worked with different organizations serving in different functions like customer service, logistics, production planning & sales, marketing and business development functions. I was also the founder-CEO of a start-up called "Innovative Enterprises". The venture was in the retail & distribution business. I blog at http://rmukeshgupta.com.

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