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What it takes to be a leader?

What does it takes to be a leader? As the case maybe, who would want to be one either in the government or non-government establishment? However, if one desires such position, one must learn the fundamentals of leading or heading an organization, private or public entity.
Through the years, Our Founding Fathers had its tastes of what really makes one a good leader. Psychologically, leadership may be classified into three:
First, those who are called 'a leader'. This type of leader belongs to those who have unsurpassed ability in various fields of endeavors or callings. The best example is Dr. Jose P. Rizal.
The second type falls under ' the leader'. This belongs to one chosen to lead for the reason that, at that time, he or she knows and can offer solution to a given problem.
Third simply falls under ' leader'. Generally, one can be chosen as leader through election as a result of one's popularity and influence over a group of people.
Above the basic criteria of good leadership like credibility, ability to command respect, trainings and skills, decisiveness, effective communication, personality, etc. is the ability to accept people around him that contribute to a large extent in building harmonious relationship in the organization.
Accepting people around you is respecting their views, listening to their grievances and negative attitudes. Further, it also means learning to live with their shortcomings.
Somebody says that inside an organization is sometimes likened to a fruit salad.. finding in it complicated people of different personalities, the fact that some of your members are really sweet and cooperative while others appear sour and hard to deal with. A good leader must be ready to face such scenario.
Also, it will mean not limiting your circle of friends to those who have the habit of approving your ideas. It is a fact that some leaders prefer the company of those who always complement you in how you dress, how you speak...etc. over those who always contradict you.
If you belong to the top of the ladder, never use your position to intimidate those you think are below you. Sometimes, you find yourself unhappy with the performance and behavior of your subordinate. Instead of showing them the way through you as an example. With respect to impatient superior, always take it a challenge where you could show your best shot. Complaining brings you nowhere.
Once you learn accepting others for what they are and not for what they have, surely you have given yourself a room to grow. In short, you have become the sweetener or the cream of the organization.