A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent. —Douglas MacArthur
Becoming a leader does not stop at simply having people follow you, but being able to affect a group of people, weather it be your community or simply the members of your family, in a way that can benefit everyone as a whole. Many people want to choose to lead, but a leader does not choose their position, their position is given to them. For us to understand what is a leader we must first define what it is:
Below is a list of the 17 qualities a person must have in order to become a successful leader:
1- To strengthen and excel in knowledge, to be known for intelligence, and quick intuitiveness
2- To be committed to your responsibilities whatever they may be
3- To have self-confidence and the ability to trust in yourself
4- To be ambitious, productive, and to exert the highest level of effort.
5- Befitting of being trusted and depended on.
6- To be precise or absolute in your decisions.
7- To have a strong personality; be well spoken; and articulate
8- To be wise as well as sensible. To weigh out your options before you make a decision or take action.
9- To acquire characteristics of modesty, humility, and humbleness.
10- Commit to giving and to continue giving
11- To have a positive influence on those around you
12- Define your goals
13- To have the ability to persuade and lead a group
14- To be a person that is described as organized and committed to time and flexibility
15- To be honest and trustworthy
16- Considerate of others needs and feelings and to not be prejudice to your opinion only
17- To take care of your appearance in accordance to cleanliness and clothing or your general appearance without going to either extremes.
Abdullah bin Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said,
“All of you are shepherds and each of you is responsible for his flock. An imam is a shepherd and he is responsible for those in his care. A man is a shepherd in respect of his family and is responsible for those in his care. The woman is a shepherd in respect of her husband’s house and is responsible for what is in her care. The servant is a shepherd in respect of his master’s property and is responsible for what is in his care. All of you are shepherds and each of you is responsible for his flock.”