To me, a leader is a person who is always willing to help those in need. A leader is someone who wants to bring out the best in others, and will do anything to accomplish that goal. When a person comes to a leader for help or advice, a leader is always an open book. In that sense, a leader is a “yes” type of person.
Being a “yes” type of person is something that needs to actively be worked on. Without thinking it through, it is easy to make up an excuse to avoid dealing with an issue someone brings to you. It is also easy to avoid a text message or email when an individual has a question that may take some time to answer. Unfortunately, those acts do not reflect what leadership is all about.
Leadership is about spending those extra fifteen minutes with an individual who does not understand a concept being presented to them, it’s about allotting time during your day off to answer an urgent question one of your employees has for you, and it is also about always being willing to talk when someone approaches you. Leadership is a full-time responsibility.
As a leader, it is our responsibility to make sure every person in our group is comfortable with the tasks at hand. Leadership can be tiresome at times, but having a following that is appreciative and successful makes it worth it in the end. To be a great leader, it is important to focus on being a “yes” type of person.