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Why Everybody cannot be a leader ?

Why everybody cannot be a leader ?

Remember that guy in your class who often held the post of the Class Monitor or Class Representative ? You knew you shouldn’t mess with him just for the fact that he would write your name on the board and ‘complaint’ about you misbehaving or even for petty reasons like messing around with him. But do you realize that why only he was chosen ? Well some might say that it was the marks that made them the monitor while few others like me would say that it was their capability to take the initiative and ability to take charge and take up the responsibility. In doing so, one of the most important things is the selection of a leader, because I certainly feel that not everyone can be leader. Leadership doesn’t come with the designation or experience alone. So here I share Why everyone cannot be a Leader ?

Class Monitor vs Manager

I had been the class monitor for a major part of my school days till I was inducted in the school’s student council (prefect board as some would call it) and eventually going on to be the Head Boy. Being a Class Monitor and being a Manager at work are poles apart for a reason. Handling students who would listen to you and sit quietly to dealing with people from various walks of life, cultures and work experience. Dealing with people at work requires skills and you cannot simply treat them as students. I’ve been a Heady Boy of a school that had close to a 1000 students and have also been under a School Captain and under a seasoned Manager, so I can say that I have seen the best and worst of both worlds. Keeping that in mind, I would like to jot down few traits that I feel a Leader must posses.

Why Everybody cannot be a leader ?
Why Everybody cannot be a leader ?


As they say “With power comes responsibility” One of the key traits and probably the most important aspect of being a Leader the sense of responsibility and ownership. As a Leader you are expected to face the music if your team / group doesn’t perform well and not shy away and start playing the blame game. I strongly feel that a leader should set an example for the team, not only in terms of work but also with their personality traits. We have a good number of living examples of great leaders around us. Starting from our Captain Cool MS Dhoni who always stepped back and praised the team when they won and stepped forward to accept the defeats.

Taking Initiative

Leaders should have the ability to guide the team in the right direction going step by step with the perfect mix of aggression and caution. From taking initiative in implementing a task at work to taking an initiative to speak up during a meeting or even taking a step forward while playing a game, are few things that are relevant to a leader. After all a Leader should grow with the team and have a vision for all the members of a team. The team should always feel that they are in the boat that has the best captain at the help.

The Motivator

Another important aspect from my point of view that a leader should posses is the motivational capability. There will be times when your team wouldn’t have performed well, and that’s the time when these leaders should take the charge. Everyone knows that the target hasn’t been met and there would be genuine reasons for it. So instead of have a hot head on the shoulder and going ballistic at the team, it’s ideal for the leader to highlight the good things that happened and appreciate the team. This was the team will always be motivated and you shall get the desired results.

Respecting Others

Being a monitor in class is easy because everyone present is of the same age and intellect as you. However things are very different when it comes to workplace. Your team might have a fresher who just joined the team yesterday on one hand and an Industry veteran with over 20 years of experience. The leader cannot deal in the same way with both these people. The leader needs to respect each and every member in the team. Arrogance and Ego should be kept at home when you come to work. If this is in place, your team will surely love working with you.

Accepting Failure

If you are a Leader and your team isn’t performing well, you need to accept the failure and take the responsibility. Complaining about the members of team is not a way out. A Leader should accept defeat and go back to the drawing board and look for the answers as to what when wrong. Everyone’s view should be taken into consideration and acted upon.

Leaders are born, not made

In my opinion, one doesn’t become a leader by reading books and life quotes of successful people. Leaders are born. No book or training in the world can transform someone to become a leader. If you read about all the leaders and CXOs of a company, you will see a trend that these people always took the initiative in some way or the other. And if that initiative headed south, they readily accepted their defeat. The Bansals, Premjis, Ambanis, Sikkas and a whole lot of other people are leaders with a vision and are the perfect example of good leaders.

With this, I would like to conclude my views on Why everybody cannot be a Leader.  Have something to add ? Feel that I’ve missed out on anything ? Go ahead and mention in the comments and let me know where I’ve gone wrong.

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  • Ramya

    Nice points here,Atul. Yeah, one can’t be a leader by reading quotes but being born a leader I am not sure. Upbringing, surrounding and thought process maybe?

    • Atulmaharaj

      Very correct, the environment and upbringing matters a great deal.

  • Dr Anuvrat

    I agree with your views, however it’s a debatable subject and some people feel that Leaders can be designed, developed, tested and approved like a product.

    The leadership however needs certain pre-reqisite Qualities like water is life sustaining and has some remarkable properties and hence no other solvent is able to replace it in the entire Biology universe. Such inherent qualities are essential and then they can be improvised by better education, experience and Training.

    Finally, Leadership is like a diamond crystal in which Mind -Soul – Body occupy a unique spatial state to make it precious and shining.

    • Atulmaharaj

      True Dr., trainings surely polish and improvise the skills.

  • Mealtotheheart

    wow beautiful post 🙂 agreed with your points I believe ones who take courage to bring changes is a true leader

    • Atulmaharaj

      Thanks 🙂

  • Very well articulated Maharaj, once again. I am reminded here of a paper I read a few years back along the same lines, born leaders or designed leaders. While I agree with you about the traits that a leader should possess, I cant say I completely agree with the point that leaders are born and not made. If you think deeply, every human being has the traits of a leader. However, what sets a leader differently is identifying those traits, polishing them and putting them to good use. The followers also might posses the same traits but in a dormant mode. Such traits may become highly active when demanded by a situation. And those who answer to this awakening is termed as a leader in history. I agree with Dr Anuvrat here, that leaders-born or made is a debatable issue and you cannot have an answer in black and white.

    • Atulmaharaj

      Yes, agree with you. The point is that person should show/have some skills that can be polished. Someone without any stuff if given training and made to read books wouldn’t do any good. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Kala Ravi

    Absolutely sensible pointers Atul! Beyond all that, I feel that might is right is what works in many places! He who shouts loudest does get heard most of the times! Maybe that’s why most loud-mouthed, empty vessels are at the helm of political leadership!

    • Atulmaharaj

      Wonderfully put, empty vessels make more noise ! Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • Rashmi Lingappa

    All the pointers you have made are apt, but am not totally sold to the point that you are either born a leader or you are not. I believe every person has the ability to lead,all you need is to identify those traits and nurture them.

    • Atulmaharaj

      Exactly ! If you have the traits, then only it can be enhanced through trainings and stuff.

  • Deepa

    I always wonder HOW? .. when I see kids who have these leadership qualities from childhood..may be its inborn and a mixture of all the point su told..good one:)

    • Atulmaharaj

      Inborn or their brought up and even the surroundings help inculcate these traits I believe. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Novemberschild

    Everybody thinks they’re a leader – most are far from it. The harsh reality is that we live in a world awash with wannabe leaders. As much as some don’t want to admit it, not everyone can or should become a leader. Simply desiring to be a leader doesn’t mean a person has the character, skill, and courage necessary to be a leader.

    • Atulmaharaj

      Completely agree with you ! It was one of the reason, why I wrote this post. Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  • I too feel that leadership qualities cannot be created but only polished. I have seen so many children with authoritative voice and there are others who just follow them. All I know is about myself- I am not the one with leading qualities though I am loud, loquacious and bold.

  • Saumy Nagayach

    These all are some “must to have” points for a leader! Though I still feel that it’s hard to define a good leader because ultimately a person who leads learns from his/her experiences only. Not everyone is a born leader, sometimes leaders are made on their own!
    Overall, I liked all the points! Wish I could have had the manager with same sort of leadership qualities 😛

    • Atulmaharaj

      Haha, all I can hope for is your wish getting fulfilled soon !

  • Leadership is a quality .Encouragement and motivation makes a leader really special

    • Atulmaharaj

      Very correct, encouragement and motivation is the key. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Amit Misra

    Very nice post. On a lighter note, sometimes I feel that the problem is that now everyone is a leader! 😉

    • Atulmaharaj

      You are actually right, (one of the reason why this post was actually written) Thanks for stopping by.

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