Leaders have the sense and sensibility to understand, undo problems and guide people through less familiar waters. They have the power to instill in people the undying belief to carry on and stay content no matter what the circumstance. Walter Lippmann has rightly quoted “The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him, in other men, the conviction and will to carry on”. I feel a leader needs to have a vision, a vision to change things around him, foresee the future and decide the best course of action for any problem in hand. Like we change our clothes to adapt to the changing climate, leaders need to change their attitude to respond to various complex situations. Being the harbingers of change they bring a revolution and have a positive effect on the way our society work.
As books on sun signs claim, being an Arian these leadership abilities come naturally to me. I have on many occasions come out a survivor, taking split second decisions for many impossible situations. During one such occasion about three years back, when I was at home with four of my cousin between the ages 3 to 12, a fire broke out. As I was the eldest person around at that time I had to take all responsibility and also had to calm the panicking children. Without assuming an over empowering role I was successful in bringing them to peace. I then called the neighbors to help me, put out the fire. By the time our parents returned, the kids were back to bed, and there were no signs of any problem. It was then, that I realized that leadership skills are not only applicable at the workplace or in school or college but are essential in all walks of life. Being a leader doesn’t always mean out of the box thinking, just relying on ones natural abilities can solve the most difficult of problems.