Lead On

Leaders aren’t born, they’re made.

By Diamond Butler, Staff Writer

“Leadership is the winning combination of personal traits and the ability to think and act like a leader, to be a person who directs the activities of others for the good of all”.”

The definition of a leader is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a goal. A leader is a person in the group that processes the combination of personality and leadership skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction. Leaders aren’t born into the world, they are simply just made; they are people who decide to step up to the plate to be a guide to those around them.

You don’t have to be born into Leadership. Take for an example, Steve Jobs, the Apple Sensation. Jobs wasn’t born a leader.  After starting Apple computer from his garage in 1976, he was fired by the Board of Directors in 1985, when the company was under intense competition. After founding Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT computer, he eventually got rehired by the Apple in 1997 as CEO and went on developing the revolutionary iPad, and iPhone.

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me,” Steve Jobs stated to his co-workers.

Jobs was known not only as an overachiever, but as a person who yelled a lot, but all for good reasons. Though the yelling hurt many of his employee’s feelings, at the time Jobs didn’t really care about that. Jobs cared about whether his company was going to be successful or not. He felt that if yelling or firing some of his workers is what it takes for his company to get to the top, then that was a method he was willing to use.

To be a leader and form a strong team, there are sacrifices you would have to make for you and your group to be where they need to be, on top.

Leaders don’t necessarily have to be someone big or famous. Leaders could be the people who walk the same halls as you in the school or even the people who sit at the dinner table with you. Family members, friends, teachers are examples. It could be someone who isn’t the head of an organization, of a company, but they’re people who stick out from others. They are people that have done something that makes you look at them in a way that shows respect and honor, that lets them know that you won’t forget what they have done for you.

A leader shows guidance in the right directions, a person who does whatever it takes to be the best, a person who motivates you and pushes you to be the best that you can be, even when you give up. People can learn to become leaders by using practical skills or just accessing the confidence that is within themselves and believing that they can do it.

You can be a leader.