Leader by Choice: KEY PRINCIPLES

the-leadership-in-meWho is a leader? According to Peter Kaustenbaum, a leader is a person who has decided to lead and is truly effective in achieving worthy results in any field. No matter what the obstacles, with failing regard for human beings and with unimpeachable character and integrity, if there’s a leader of course there is leadership. Leadership is a role one chooses to play; it is not a rank or title. In order to have good leadership a leader must:

Exercise his/her free will – challenged by obstacles

Use his/her heart, mind and will – combine result and service

Leadership has also 5 stages:

  1. Authority

People follow because of your position.

You enforce compliance because of your role as boss.

  1. Relationships

People follow because of your relationship.

It is fun to work with someone you like

  1. Results

People follow because of the results you bring to the organization.

They like you and what you are doing together.

  1. Leader Development

People follow because of what you have done for them.

The organization grows as you empower and build leaders.

  1. Character

People follow because of who you are and who you represent.

Your reputation and credibility is enough.


Leaders are not just concerned about helping the group achieve its goals; they also care about helping each member of the group reach his or her full potential.

Consider some of the following tips on how to become a better leader.

  1. Don’t try to act too dominant.

If you start acting bossy and telling people what to do, they are going to be upset. Try telling them in a friendly way but also in a way that shows you are in charge.

  1. If someone makes a mistake, do not get angry.

Your team mates are humans and everyone makes mistakes. Just try to help them and be kind. Your job is to try to prevent errors, demonstrate the proper course of action, and make up for errors when they occur.

  1. Serve as a role model.

They walk the walk and talk the talk. As a result, group members admire these leaders and work to emulate these behaviors. If you want to become a better leader, work on modeling the qualities that you would like to see in your team members.

  1. Listen and Communicate Effectively

Another important characteristic of transformational leadership involves a focus on providing one-on-one communication with group members. Good leaders should express sincere care and concern for the members of their group both verbally and non-verbally. By keeping the lines of communication open, these leaders can ensure that group members feel able to make contributions and receive recognition for their achievements.

Leadership chart

Leadership or being a leader is not just carrying a responsibility. It is also a way on how to gain respect, from others. Being a leader is quite a hard job. We can’t blame a leader if he/she has done even a little mistake. The Key Principles of being a great leader will help us to become a good, responsible leader.


7 thoughts on “Leader by Choice: KEY PRINCIPLES

  1. I really appreciate on what you have said, a good leader also must have a dream that will leave this world a better place. but in order to be effective you need a team work.


  2. Ang pagiging isang Good Leader ay hindi nababase sa kung ano man ang meron sayo mayaman ka man o hindi. nakikita ito sa pagiging tunay na isang tao at may malasakit sa sarili na kayang ipagtanggol ang lahat. madali lang naman maging isang Good Leader kung may malasakit ka sa sarili mo at respeto bilang ikaw. bago ka mag pakita o mag bigay ng halaga sa kapwa. mahalin,respetuhin,maging reponsable at may takot sa Diyos.


  3. Good leaders must communicate vision clearly, creatively, and continually. However, the vision doesn’t come alive until the leader models it. A good leader should have these attributes like confidence, perseverance, work ethic and good sense and also try to lead by example and create an environment where good questions and good ideas can come from anyone.


  4. Good leaders remain intellectually curious and committed to learning. They’re always looking for new ideas, insights and information.


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