The Art of Leading

Leaders are people who:

Are authentic…  they Walk their Talk
Do what they say…  Say what they do
Lead from the front and Show the path
Protect the team….
… and the list goes on…

Well, while the above attributes are expected, there are some leadership traits that are essential.



A leader has to do what is best for the team. There is no other way. The team should be the top priority. None of us is as important as all of us… is the paradigm to follow. Even if the leader is not able to perform for some reason, then he should step down from the team and let someone else take over. On a team, friendships, relationships and every other consideration pale in comparison to the needs of the team. Personal consideration is nothing. The team is everything.


Rules should be applied with total fairness. Any team that thrives has to work towards higher targets, and the drive comes from competitiveness. However, competition also brings about dissent and differences. Here is where the leaders fairness is tested. Leaders who bend the rules, to suit themselves or any person in a team, have no right to be the leader. Favouritism is totally anathema, and Fairness is the foundation of trust.


One of the most required strengths for a leader is Motivation. Keeping team spirit high is one of the primary goals of a Leader. For this to happen, a leader has to understand the rhythm and moods of the team. Each human being is an Emotional Entity first. Therefore great leaders know that they have to continually read their team members, and do whatever is required to keep the team morale high.


Those who are performing below the requirements of a team actually weaken the team. A team thrives on synergy. Anyone who pulls down the team average lowers the morale and the spirit of the team. Any team that is not performing at its best cannot win. Taking action against those functioning below par is therefore a required duty of a team leader. Other team players may feel bad when action is taken. But this will last only for a little while. When they understand the reason for the action, they will gladly accept and support it.


The best way to teach is by example. Without having a target, it is difficult to know what to aim for. While we were growing up, we used our parents or teachers as the benchmark for success. Today we are able to choose from a bevy of role models. A leader of a team should strive to be its best role model. So while the leader is the head of the team, he/she should also be a part of the team. A leader too has to pull as much if not more weight than any other team member. Any leader pulling less than the average for the team is not fit to be its leader.


No organization can function at a high level if it plays too safe. Every now and then, a new idea or opportunity will show up. A leader should be able to put that opportunity on the table and get the team to respond to it. Sometimes, however, it is the leaders prerogative to take a risk and sway the decision of the team. Such moves require a leader, who is willing to lose something to gain a lot. The risk should not be one which sinks the team. High stakes risk is not called for, but medium to low risk ventures are required, and should be taken at times, if the team has to scale new peaks of achievement. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. He who does not dare to win, has already lost.


A good leader maintains a winning lead. A great leader keeps setting new records. A leader who does not encourage others to set higher standards strangles his teams greatness quotient. A good leader plays to the teams strength. A great leader pushes his team beyond their capacity, and keeps setting new records.

Leadership is an art.

Game Changers convert

The Art of Leading

… into the Science of Winning. 

Lets all push ahead into the unknown, and lets do the new … for that is where gold awaits us.


Ian Faria

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