A skill set called leadership

Some people are born to lead and some have to be taught to lead. Leadership is one of the most valuable skills you can have or be taught. Leadership is about having influence so people can follow you. A leader cannot lead if there are no followers and there can’t be followers without a leader. Also the followers need to trust their leader.

I believe that leadership is truly a very important skill, and as a B-Tech Student I am learning about manager roles, leadership skills and their functions within an organisation. Learning about people, cultures, race, organisational functions etc all leads to understanding them and how to act as a manager or leader. Through the function of monitoring the media and how to go about filtering through research and endless literature reviews, all ties in to function as a manager and to lead a team in the company.

The influence that a leader has can either be positive or negative. As we know there are great leaders that led people to destruction. Looking at leaders like Nelson Mandela, Helen Zille, Oprah Winfrey etc, are leaders who had/have great power to influence their followers. Not everyone is leaders, rather meant to be followers.

Leadership is a great skill to have, however there are people who confuse threatening or bullying people with leadership. Followers willingly abide with instructions given by their leaders and believe what their leader is saying to be correct. Leaders are strong people who know how to lead and what skill to put forward at what time. In order to be a good leader you must be extremely good with people and you must understand their needs and abilities. When you choose to be a leader, you take on a lot of responsibility. However, you have to believe in yourself!

Not everyone has the ability to be a leader, but to have the ability to lead you need some useful tools. Also as future Public Relations Managers, we need to acquire the basic leadership skill.

Leadership includes:
– A hard worker
– Motivating
– A good role model
– Confident in what you’re doing
– A good listener
– Understanding
– Accepting defeat
– Team work

Leadership is a skill

Editor: Roelien Zwart

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