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Definition of a Leader

A leader can be a person who can influence others to accomplish an objective and direct the organization in a cohesive and coherent manner with an aim of achieving a common/shared vision. Leaders are characterized by the honest understanding of themselves, what they know and what they can do. A leader’s success cannot get determined by anyone. Successful leadership gets seen when a leader is capable of convincing followers that you are worthy of being followed and rather not you or your boss.

Characteristics of a Leader

Today, leaders lead with an aim of achieving change, by communicating their strategies, gaining support and implementing the change. By strictly following the organization’s values, such as innovation, leaders are capable of driving changes, without giving up. Leaders should be honest, compassionate and good communicators. There is a need for honesty, respect, and clarity when communicating with others we interact. Also, successful leadership is brought about by fostering teamwork. Team building and managing are very important when there is the need to achieve a shared vision (Plunkett, Allen & Attner, 2013). Besides, a leader does not only develop him/her but also others – by creating an environment, where all team members can show and gain new skills and capabilities. Leaders should get committed to inspiring and uplifting their team so that they can all improve their profession and expertise.

Difference between Leader and Manager

Leaders and managers are two different people. A manager’s task is to ensure order and consistency it the processes such as staffing, organizing, problem-solving, budgeting and planning. A leader, on the other hand, works to ensure progress and productive or adaptive change through activities, such as establishing goal-oriented performance, aligning people, inspiring, and encouraging. In simple terms, a leader does the right thing while a manager does things right.

 Leadership Self-Assessment

I enjoy communicating with others. 5
I am honest and fair. 5
I make decisions with input from others. 4
My actions are consistent. 5
I give others the information they need to do their jobs. 5
I keep focused through follow-up. 5
I listen to feedback and ask questions. 5
I show loyalty to the company and to the team members. 5
I create an atmosphere of growth. 5
I have wide visibility. 5
I give praise and recognition. 5
I criticize constructively and address problems. 5
I develop plans. 5
I have a vision on where we are going and set long term goals. 5
I set objectives and follow them through to completion. 5
I display tolerance and flexibility. 5
I can be assertive when needed. 5
I am a Champion of change. 5
I treat others with respect and dignity. 5
I make myself available and accessible. 5
I want to take charge. 5
I accept ownership for team decisions. 5
I set guidelines for how others are to treat one another. 5
I manage by “walking around” (the front line is the bottom line). 5
I am close to the business and have a broad view of where we are going. 5
I coach team members. 5
I determine manpower requirements for my department and write job descriptions for them. 5
I interview and select the most qualified candidate for an open job position. 5
I provide new employees with on-the-job training. 5
I determine resources, material, and supply requirements for my department. 5
I developed a budget for my department. 5
I can respond to an employee who is upset with me or someone else in the organization. 5
I have counseled employees who have personal problems (family, health, financial). 5
I react to situations in which the quality of an employee’s work goes into a decline. 5
I deal with employees who have performance issues, such as suspected of substance abuse or chronically late. 4
I reward employees for good performances. 5
I conduct formal employee performance appraisals. 5
I can make a presentation to a group of peers and/or seniors. 5
I write reports to be distributed to a group of peers and/or seniors. 5
I have a deep-rooted understanding of the functions of my organization. 5
I am curious. 5
I know how to sell. 5
I am a good learner. 5
I know how to influence people and get support. 5
I admit my mistakes and take responsibility for my actions. 5
I like to talk to people and I am a great listener. 5
I am a good delegator. 5
I can separate the important issues from inconsequential ones. 5
I have integrity and can be trusted. 5
I am political only when needed. 5


Importance of Leadership Skills in Career

There are several advantages of developing leadership qualities in careers, even if you do not gain leadership title. Since effective leaders demonstrate leading by example, they can gain respect and trust in the work environment, and in turn being able to achieve career goals such as promotion. Employees who possess leadership skills are capable of adapting to changes in the organization as well as improving in the development (O’Neill, 2011). Also, Leadership skills will help you motivate employees who are on your team, thereby increasing work morale and desire to achieve the shared objective. By having the leadership skills, you can make better decisions that will possibly lead to innovation or change in the organization. Finally, Leadership skills will enable you to manage the task effectively and efficiently without being followed by the superiors.

I want to become Leader

I would like to become a leader because it involves more than management. By having the skills from my profession, there is the need for having additional skills because, in technology, things always change. My career demands innovative and good decision-making skills which get associated with leadership. By being a leader, I can freely socialize with my teammates with respect, drive change in the organization and turn it can improve on my career objectives.

My Leadership Areas and Improvements Needs

I have strong leadership in various areas. Firstly, I have good communication and interpersonal skills; therefore, I can establish the good relationship with others either horizontally or vertically. I and innovative, creative thinker and I love change, so I have abilities to see into issues and find a solution to the issue. I would love to improve on my influential capabilities so that I am capable of influencing others not only to achieve desired goals but also to create healthy teamwork, learn leadership skills, and gain the positive attitude towards the organization.

CEO/CIO Leadership Skills

When chosen as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Chief Information Officer (CIO) it means you proves to be an effective and efficient leader. There are various types of leadership skills that I admire from the leaders. Firstly, they are gifted with good communication skills. By being a CIO or CEO, it means that you have many different people who you should monitor, know and communicate. The executives understand that they are on top, and they use the advantage to pass core values and information constantly. They ensure that they are clear, consistent, passionate and authenticable and that their messages are not only understood but also felt (Swansburg & Swansburg, 2002). They communicate with feeling from their heart and that makes people do what is right. I also admire how they inspire others. Without good leadership but good pay, the employees will provide adequate performance. With good leadership, employees will always believe that they are greater than themselves and will always focus on the future. Most CEO and CIO work to inspire others to grow and think outside the box. CIOs build people and rather not systems. CIOs focus on developing people’s growth so that they are capable of delivering desired results. They understand that they need to leave leaders behind who will drive change in the next generation after them (Junarso, 2009). The officers are great creative thinkers, and they sometimes act together when they think that their analytic skills will not drive change. Most importantly, the officers commit to leadership first then other issues follows. Latest research shows that high-performing COI becomes effective due to the idea of achieving results with people they lead.


Junarso, T. (2009). How to become a highly effective leader: Ten skills a leader must possess. S.l.: Iuniverse Inc. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1440117918

O’Neill, A. (2011). Manager to leader: Skills and insights for a successful transition. Sydney, N.S.W: CCH Australia. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?isbn=1921701536

Plunkett, W. R., Allen, G., & Attner, R. F. (2013). Management: Meeting and exceeding customer expectations.

Swansburg, R. C., & Swansburg, R. J. (2002). Introduction to management and leadership for nurse managers. Boston: Jones and Bartlett. Retrieved from https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0763716448

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