There is a very old fashioned view on leadership that only if you are born as a leader can you lead others. But this so not true in today’s time. The modern view is that through patience, persistence and hard work, you can be a truly effective leader, just as long as you make the effort needed. You can become a very good leader only if you develop the underlying leadership skills. These are not tough to adopt but not easy to be followed vigorously.
Each individual participant of the group has certain needs and characteristics. A leader should understand his or her own needs and characteristics. A leader should understand the needs and characteristics of each participant of the group. This helps the leader to deal with each person as an individual, to treat that individual with respect, and to help the person grow. This understanding helps in planning the program and in getting things done. This understanding also helps in creating trust and building con?dence among group participants.
As a leader you will have to use all the resources available to you. You must have the knowledge of optimum usage of resources. Resources include all those things necessary to do a job. Resources also include people, because people have knowledge and skills. Knowledge is what a person learns through familiarity or experience. Skill is the ability to use what you know. Attitude includes the desire to do something, that is motivation and the belief that you can do it that is, con?dence. When the leader uses the knowledge and skills of group participants to get a job done, the participants gain experience and improve skills. They also develop a positive attitude toward using a skill.
As a leader you must keep the program’s inventory that you are in charge of up-to-date and use it in planning. Understand the purpose and resources of your participating organization. Survey the participants’ parents; include them in your program capability inventory. Find out your post participants’ skills, interests, and resources. All this combined will help you in the long run.
Another important factor is communicating with your people. You can’t have a high nose and do the job. To improve your skills in getting information you will have to pay attention and listen carefully. Make notes and sketches. Ask questions and repeat your understanding of what was said. Learn the tricks of leadership skills and there is no stopping you.