How to become a Leader


Article Written by Kanwal Tariq

Every person can become a great leader if he/she performs duties perfectly but i want to tell some qualities of leaders. According to John C Max Well

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way & shows the way.”

An ideal leader knows everything, admits mistakes, tells people what to do and shows how to do things effectively. A leader investigates, criticises minutely, earns respect, shows kindness to his team. He gives beneficial pieces of advice and directions of positive approach to his followers.

An exemplary leader is lead by examples. He encourages others to grow and always has a strong vision. He increases his emotional intelligence, learns from his own mistakes. A leader finds a mentor and understands his own motivation by keeping positive attitude.

*”Infact a call to leadership consists of Start, Stop & More.”* He starts appreciating being grateful by showing recognition. He forbids blaming, discouraging and deterring. He finds more simple solutions of problems. He becomes more fair-minded and inspirational.

Good and great leaders let people to believe in them. According to the world’s best personalities’ survey, Last Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) is considered the best leader of the world. There’s no comparison of Him (SAW). Being a leader, he always worked with His (SAW) companions meticulously whether it was the time of war in battle, or building the mosques etc. He (SAW) always used to say let me show you what you can do. As per an African proverb, “If you wanna go quickly; go alone, if you wanna go far; go together.” Others great leaders who dealt with the change are: Nelson Mendala,  Quaid-E-Azam Muhamnad Ali Jinah,

Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, Dr.Allama Muhamnad Iqbal, Abdul Sattar Edhi and many more. These are those leaders whose actions inspired others to dream more, learn more and do more. True leaders don’t create followers, they generate leaders.

An inspiring leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions. He has the compassion to listen the needs of others. A leader is said to be the representative of unwavering courage, self control, keen sense of justice, pleasing personality, mastery of details, responsibility, sympathy, understanding and cooperation.

Quaid-E-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinah, Dr. Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan, Abdul Sattaar Eidhi Sahab & Tariq Aziz set fundamental examples not only for all Pakistanis but also for this whole world how to dedicate urself for the cause of humanity.   

Moreover, confident and positive leaders inspire by empowering people. Their emotional intelligence make them calm. They help their people to shine. They set directions, build an inspiring vision by creating something new. Leaders shape our nations, communities and organizations. The best leader builds trust with his team members. The influence of a good leaders is based on gratitude. They know how to demonstrate gratitude by saying Thankyou on a work -place. If a leader is a reader & learner as well then his impact will enforce others to adopt such attributes. An influential leader convinces people logically and emotionally. He takes feedbacks and gives respect to others’ perceptions. Leaders don’t become panic in the social process of leadership. An ideal leader works with consistency for accomplishment of community’s/organization’s goals. A leader believes in transparency.

Pakistani Youth can also play an important part by adopting these leadership qualities  whereever they are. Youth of Pakistan either they belong to schools, colleges, universities or do business they must be self disciplined & supportive to each other. Our Youth is energetic, it needs to utilize its energy for the progress of the country. It doesn’t mean only political leaders can or bureaucrats can run only the country. If youth is individually realizing its responsibilities & fulfilling them with honesty & integrity then collectively all fundamental issues of country will be sorted out soon. During travelling taking care of elders is an ethical obligation which leads to the verge of empathy. If youth comes to know how to manage the work within the limited time, majority of the time consuming issues will run out soon.

In short, leadership isn’t about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence & inspiration. An ideal leader doesn’t impose too many restrictions on his team. A leader acts upon it, ‘let’s  learn from  our own mistakes & move on.’ Real leaders guide & lead others to the victories.