Leaders stand out in a crowd, rise to the top and accomplish significantly more than their peers. Some of the characteristics that make leaders different are vision, goals, clear purpose, self-discipline ability to communicate persistence and a positive attitude (Chu, 2003). Leaders have a clear picture of what they see their group becoming or doing in the future. There is a difference between eyesight and vision. Vision is the ability to get meaning from eyesight. Effective leaders have vision. Leaders know where they stand, where they are going and how they are going to get there. They realize that no one ever accomplishes anything of consequence without a goal. They also realize that in order to fulfill their vision, they need to set a series of goals that will help them to do so.
Effective leaders are goal-directed. Leaders know why they exist, what they believe and what their values are.
Having a clear purpose gives them the energy and focus they need to accomplish their goals and fulfill their vision. Effective leaders have a clear purpose. Leaders are many times required to do things that ordinary people do not like to do. The truth of the matter is, leaders probably do not like to do them either. The difference between a leader and an ordinary person is that a leader does whatever it takes to accomplish the goal, and many times this requires self-control and self-discipline. Effective leaders have self-control and self-discipline. To achieve their goals and fulfill their vision, leaders need to persuade others to take action on their ideas. This requires that they think clearly, speak clearly and listen carefully. Effective leaders have the ability to communicate (Bowman, 2002).
Leaders need the physical vitality and mental alertness that comes from a high level of energy. Hard...