You say You’re a Leader? Sure or Not?

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams, 6th President of The United States of America

Somebody once told me (the world is gonna roll me), “When you turn back in times of trouble and your team is not behind you then you have failed as a leader”. To this day, I hold true to this statement. I make sure that when I lead a team, my team trusts me and I trust them.   

I believe the trademark of a leader is to listen, learn, lead. They should be willing to continuously grow, learning from all sources (even from their juniors and team members).

Hence, the series to come will talk about leadership (no shit) and the different elements of being a leader. There will be 6 articles that will be covered in the coming weeks, summarised below:

  1. Who is a Leader
  2. Leader vs Boss
  3. Group vs Team
  4. Recruitment vs Attracting
  5. Conflict Management
  6. Success Through Transformational Leadership

Read on to find out more! Follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on this series and other great content!

Leadership 101, Back 2 Basics

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In this module we talk about who is a leader, the different common leadership styles and characteristics that go with each style. We try to discover the age old question, is a leader born to be or can leadership be taught? Hopefully, through this 101 article, you will get a bit more insight as to what kind of leader are you and what kind of leadership style do you associate most with. 

From the 101 basic we move on to the next module (macam like going through school all over again).

You the boss

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After discovering what style of leadership you are most associated with, we next examine the difference between a boss and a leader. Are you truly a leader or do you behave more like a boss?

What is the difference you ask. Well, wait for the article and read it lah! 

Okay I’m half kidding. But seriously, you will need to read the whole article to learn more about the difference. In this brief summary, I will try my best to give you a bit of insight.

In short, the difference between a boss and a leader is that, a boss tells you what to do. A leader tells you and guides you along the way constantly supporting you. I don’t mean that being a boss is the wrong approach in leading a team (sometimes people need a little “bossy-ness” in their lives). In the long-run, being a leader is more beneficial for you and your team. 

We are the best group ever~

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So you determined that you want to be a leader, not a boss (hurray!). As you lead your members, you need to determine whether they are a team or just a group? 

“Got difference ah?” 

Yes, there is and again please read the article to determine what is the exact difference. I will try to make it short and sweet for you here (come give some sugar~). A group is a gathering of people to produce and complete a set of tasks given to them. However, a team comes together and communicates effectively to achieve a set of goals that everyone believes in and wants to achieve TOGETHER.

Come join my team, pretty please

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I think you and I are both sick of me asking you to read the full article so I shall stop now. Hopefully you know what to do lah hor. 

If you ever find yourself “begging” people and trying to convince them to join your team, probably you’re recruiting more than attracting a team.

A hallmark of a leader is that you give people a feeling that they want to follow you in achieving certain goals. You should not be “begging” or convincing people that they should join you in your quest (to kill the dragon). BUT of course, when you first start out as a junior leader, you need to convince people to join your team first. After that, you develop a reputation of being a good leader and people will naturally want to join you. 

Stare what stare, want to fight ah?

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Okay, I think it is common knowledge that any leader leading a team will bound to meet with conflicts within the team. How to resolve and manage them, is a skill that a leader should have.

In this article, we want to provide with some skills and knowledge on how to manage conflicts effectively. If required, teach you how to cut a toxic member out from the team to help the majority.

A rotten apple should not ruin the whole basket. If you have to, you will need to make the difficult decision to remove the team member. We will show you the signs of a toxic member and how to efficiently and tactfully remove him from your team. 

Transformers, leaders in disguise

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Now, this will be the final article of this series (unless you guys request for more). This article hopes to guide you through the final transformation of a leader. That is, a transformational style of leadership. Basically, it is the top tier kind of leadership and how it can help you and your team succeed. It puts into place all the points from the previous articles, it shows you how the points can all be used to achieve greater success than what you have now. 

Look Out For The Series!

I’ve summarised roughly what we will be covering for the entire series. This series is not the only guide for leadership, there are definitely other resources out there (like this!) that discuss leadership.

As I mentioned at the start of this article (thank you for reading up to this point), a leader should always learn and grow. If you take different resources and pair it with your experiences, you will better grasp your own leadership style and figure out the best way to lead a team. 

All in all, being a leader is not easy but it can be the most rewarding. You don’t have to lead all the time, as a leader you can let your team take the reins too. Most importantly, ensure the team is heading in the right direction and at the same time, ensure each individual grows in the journey. 

I hope you enjoyed this article, do look out for the series! Thank you and lead on!

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John Maxwell, American Author

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Grizzly Seah
Grizzly Seah
Big man (hopefully enough to fight a bear) with a big heart. Simple guy, loving family, amazing friends, extraordinary adventures. I hope to travel around the world with a backpack exploring cultures, landmarks and most importantly cuisines (Yummy!) :P
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