A leader is not appointed and has to earn their authority. People like Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King inspired people to do extraordinary things they didn’t think were possible. Vijay Eswaran believes a leader has four innate characteristics, and some people are born with these traits.
- Leaders take ownership. We live in a society where everyone wants to take credit for their hard work and everyone else’s failures. There’s the notion that “if you can’t do it yourself, don’t do it at all” — and though there is some truth, it doesn’t mean we should stop trying when challenges present themselves.
- Great leaders empower their communities, changing how people think about themselves and the world. Leaders can raise organizations from the ground up, transforming them from a community of individuals into a family unit capable of achieving more together than they could alone. This transformation is essential to creating a culture that stays true to itself while maintaining growth. A great leader knows how to build confidence in others, guiding them toward even greater heights.
- Leaders are purpose-driven because they have a true identity. According to Vijay Eswaran, a leader’s identity is a deep understanding of their purpose and reason for being. When this understanding is combined with the knowledge of who they are meant to serve and help, it becomes a great platform for creating an amazing impact on the world. Gandhi perfectly described his life as his platform when he said: “My life is my message.
- Good leaders will always care about the people around them. This can’t be faked – when you truly care about someone, you genuinely want to know what’s going on in their life and how they are doing. They always have time for the people that work with them and appreciate their work. A good leader shows compassion and takes an interest in other people’s lives without coming across as fake. More to read at https://medium.com/@vijay_eswaran/vijay-eswaran-speaks-to-entrepreneurs-everywhere-b5d1ed17729a