Whether you’re a leader who leads several people or just someone who wants to lead himself to the right path of life, whether you’re a manager of a business organization or a leader of a political subdivision, and whether you’re a leader by authoritative position or just a leader by your own voluntary action, here are 25 powerful tips to help you become a better leader.
1. Lead yourself. Don’t go leading other people if you can’t even lead yourself. Assess yourself and have the traits of a true leader.
2. Lead your followers in front of them. Leaders should be the greatest – the greatest when it comes to serving. Be the first to face the trials and problems, and be the first to give solutions.
3. Follow your followers at the back. Leaders should see to it that none among their followers are left behind. Thus, a leader should always take care and keep his eyes on all of his people.
4. Admit that you don’t know everything; don’t stop learning. There is always a new knowledge to be learned in leading people.
5. Correct yourself before you become yourself. Don’t buy the advice… be yourself. Ensure first that what’s inside of you is righteousness. If righteousness is within you, then it’s time to be yourself.
6. Be strong yet be gentle. Be a brave and strong leader when it comes to defending and protecting your people. But have gentle hands when it comes to caring them.
7. Have power and share power to empower. Leaders should be powerful in their words and their actions. But they don’t need to keep these powers upon themselves. They should pass on these specific powers to their specific followers. Learn the art of delegation.
8. Claim your share of blame. Don’t be so defensive and protective of yourself. Accept your faults.
9. Share glory to your people. Give your followers the glory and recognition that is due to them, whether it’s monetary or nonmonetary.
10. Find your inner-self and be selfless. Know yourself and be spiritual. Learn how to sacrifice for the sake of others.
11. Have better principles and have a stronger stand on those principles. The life and future of any person is formed by his principles. That form is further established by his stand on those principles. Live your life standing on the principles of love, truth, kindness and other great virtues of leadership.
12. Use your two eyes to see to it twice. Be analytic and always be careful when choosing and deciding on things.
13. Use your two ears to hear the both sides. Have justice and be fair when it comes to giving judgments.
14. Use your single mouth to avoid saying repetitive words. Be consistent and always honor your words. Be true to your promises.
15. Be humble and down to earth to uplift your followers. Inspire and lift the spirit of your people by showing them humility.
16. Be a better speaker. Have confidence and wisdom in your words. Give enlightenment by telling them hope and the truth.
17. Put some words into writings. Be formal and organized. Even the ancient leaders put their laws, rules and policies in readable materials. Even God has written His commandments in the stones.
18. Set a better direction and destination. Clear your vision and define your mission. Set your steps and procedures directly to your goals. Direction and destination must always be connected with each other.
19. Learn to accelerate and also learn how to slow down. Know how to move faster when you are becoming so slow. Also learn how to slow down when you are becoming too fast. Leaders should not be lazy, but they should not also be hasty.
20. Be a diligent leader. Diligence is one of the most important characters of a great leader. Without it, leadership won’t succeed. So when things are set right, just do it. Work hard… and work harder.
21. Be a disciple of discipline. You cannot control others if you can’t even control yourself. Have self-control and master self-discipline.
22. Be a healthy leader. Although leadership is more in the mind and the heart, it also manifests in your physical body. A wise leader knows how to take care of his health to better serve his people. Hence, overcome your stress, prevent sickness, and always stay fit to lead.
23. Be patient and forgiving. Patience is a great leadership virtue that helps an organization or group of people accomplish success and achieve their common goals. To be patient, a leader should learn how to forgive. And to be forgiving, a leader should learn how to forget.
24. Be compassionate and understanding. Understand what people say, think and feel. Open your heart and have spiritual ears to hear what people’s hearts are saying. Open your mind and spirit to see what people are thinking.
25. Be happy and not greedy. Last but not the least, be truly happy. Have contentment on material things that perish in time; be not greedy. But continue to desire on things that lasts forever, such as love, truth, peace, joy and justice.