Being a follower does not sound very glorifying. For some reason, the word “follower” is often given a negative connotation.
On the other side, the word “leader” holds a positive connotation.
The opposite of a follower is a leader, but contrary to what most people think, you aren’t always just a natural-born leader. At some point in a leader’s life, he must first understand what it is to be a follower so that as a leader, he may lead efficiently and with understanding of how his followers naturally work.
There are a few huge steps that need to be taken before becoming a leader, and many of those steps will knock you down to the floor before you’re able to move onward and upward.
The Mizzou Tigers football program has established 15 particular traits that make someone not only a leader, but a “self starter.” We believe that these 15 traits are ingredients and can be learned, but it will and must take lots of hard work and dedication. Let’s begin with the first.
1. Competitive greatness
To be competitively great, you must be at your best when your best is needed. To obtain this, you must learn to enjoy a difficult challenge.
Poise is sticking to your identity and being who you are. To have this calm composure, you must be at ease with yourself. Inner conflicts should be controlled.
Respect without fear often comes from being prepared. You must keep a proper perspective to do so.
There are three types of condition: mental, moral, and physical. Rest, diet, and exercise are necessary. Everything must be done in moderation, too much of one thing is never good.
You need a knowledge of and the ability to properly and quickly execute the fundamentals. Be prepared and cover every little detail.
6. Team spirit
You must have a genuine consideration for others—an eagerness to sacrifice personal interests of glory for the welfare of all.
Practice self-discipline and keep emotions under control. Good judgment and common sense are essential.
Be observing constantly. Stay open-minded. You must be eager to learn and improve.
Cultivate the ability to make decisions and think alone. Do not be afraid of failure. There is so much to learn from it.
Set a realistic goal. Concentrate on its achievement by resisting all temptations and being determined and persistent.
There is no substitute for work. Worthwhile results come from hard work and careful planning.
This comes from mutual esteem, respect, and devotion. Like marriage, it must not be taken for granted. Friendship is a joint effort.
You must be loyal to yourself and to all those depending on you. Keep your own self-respect.
With all levels of your coworkers, listen if you want to be heard. Be interested in finding the best way, not in having your own way.
Lastly, you need enthusiasm. It brushes off upon those with whom you come in contact with. You must truly enjoy what you are doing.