Does This Describe You?

By: Maria Luisa Hosseinzadeh

Ask anyone how they define leadership and the answers will be as diverse as a color spectrum. A team cannot function without a leader and a leader cannot function without its team. These are the working parts of any cause or organization, and Global Hope Network International is no exception. Leadership is the wind beneath the wings of progress. We often forget that leaders aren't always the ones with the loudest voice or the biggest physical presence. A good leader is concerned with empowerment rather than authority. Often, leaders must wear many hats and assume various positions within their designated areas. A leader is a versatile actor and an example for all. Let us explore some of the many roles a leader must take on in order to be successful.

Hero
This is the role we associate most leaders with. We assume they will be there to save us when we are in need and there to take the weight of the responsibility when things are bad. But a hero can empower by example. They take on responsibilities and do the difficult tasks in order to motivate others to do the same. Leaders are often the ones who enact the first changes we see in an organization.

Professor
Professors are something we associate with education. We turn to them to answer our difficult questions and to provide us with continuing education on topics in the field. A leader is our professor, there to teach us how to fulfill our roles to the utmost expectation and to learn to think for ourselves through knowledge.

Counselor
We go to a counselor when times are rough and we need someone to listen. A good leader always has an open ear to listen to concerns and also to absorb new ideas and innovation. They are easy to talk to and they are able to effectively use the information given to them to come up with creative solutions for any issue.

Student
At the end of the day, leaders are people just like you and me. They were once in the same rol
e you were in, enacting change, learning and growing. Today they are still students in their field. A great leader is always open to improving themselves, their knowledge and how they lead. They fill in when needed and no position is too "below" them.  A good leader is one who has experienced the activities they direct.

Friend
Finally, a leader is relatable. It is the very fact that they are like the person who is your neighbor or your friend that makes them a great leader. They understand where you are coming from and they know how to build rapport. They are approachable and know when it is okay to have a good time.

Leadership is important because it drives the balance of any organization. Leaders are the face of an organization's message. They lead by example and motivate change. Leaders are the catapult of productivity and success. They ensure the team they lead is supported in every way possible.

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