The Ingredients of a Successful Leadership

It has been observed over time that outstanding leaders portrays some certain distinguishable traits that makes them to be largely successful. An aspiring leader who wants to be successful, must be ready to learn and apply what makes other leaders to be strong. It is never an opinion, it is a law, unchanging and unavoidable, just like the law of gravity. If you go to the gym to exercise and build up your body, sooner than later, you will get the same result those who engaged in those activities are getting. The life of a leader is much different from that of a follower. An understanding of management interplays must come into perspective. It is strongly recommended that every leader must know and effectively apply the following:

Make Appropriate Decisions

Decision making is one of the unique responsibilities of leaders. Great leaders are those who can make smart and proactive decisions. While it is pretty difficult to make a decision in reaction to an event or happening, great leaders have been notable for making anticipatory plans to make proactive decisions that will reduce their vulnerability to risks.

Successful leaders know how to balance emotions with rational reasoning to make decisions that will positively affect the situations of things. Making decision in difficult times is often accompanied with change, anxiety, uncertainty, and therefore require leaders to be able to draw references from available information in the most useful manner. Every leader must be prepared in terms of gathering and organizing knowledge needed to make the most appropriate decision.

Skilled at Problem Solving

Problem all abounds around us daily. However, in most cases, what is commonly perceived as problem is just a surface reaction to an underlying malaises. Sometimes, the problem you see initially is nothing, but a symptom of the actual problem, when you end up solving the symptoms, it is not different from cutting down the leaves and branches of a tree, when you were supposed to uproot it.

“When you start looking at a problem and it seems really simple, you don’t really understand the complexity of the problem. Then you get into the problem, and you see that it’s really complicated and you come up with all these convoluted solutions. That’s sort of the middle and that’s where most people stop…but the really great person will keep on going and find the key underlying principle of the problem- and come up with an elegant, really beautiful solution that works” – Steve Jobs

Drill down to the root of the problem by asking the “why” question repeatedly, until the root cause of the problem is unraveled. This process is known as the Root-Cause Analysis.

Identification of Opportunities

Leaders has been described as people with special cognitive ability to spot and identify related opportunities. While this ability is not something mysterious, it is achieved through careful decision to track and analyze trends and possible future outcomes in their organizations their industry and their external environment. Great leaders, have it as their discipline to cross-examine current events, arising societal needs and analyze data reports in order to get an insight into the current state of matter. When most people sees dysfunction, great leaders see opportunity. A chance to jump into the train, and use their creativity to provide solutions to people’s problem.

Accountability and Integrity

Leadership requires flexibility, that is, the capacity to adapt to changing scenarios and landscape. At which ever point, your decision must be consistent with your personal and corporate ethics and values. Not only to motivate and inspire others, great leaders accept responsibilities and hold themselves accountability for things they say or do. A strong knowledge base plus Integrity and accountability, is the perfect recipe for that kind of leader you want to be. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible,  no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office”– Dwight D. Eisenhower

In the same manner, every leader, must be responsible for enforcing integrity at every level of the organization. The integrity of the leader, must be replicative in the downlines of the organization. This alone is successful leadership.

To wrap it up, being a successful leader requires that you are able to detect problem at an early stage, make appropriate decisions at the needful time, look out constantly for new opportunities and always ready to improve on the quality of your leadership style.


This piece was written by Durotoluwa Olumide from Osun state. He offers advisory services on innovation, business strategies and developmental issues. You can contact him directly via:

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