Are You a Leader, a Follower, or Both?

A successful leader is able to take charge and collaborate with others, understanding their own weaknesses and providing opportunities for others to shine.


November 3, 2023


Insights, Global

So you’re in management and responsible for leading a team. Naturally, you want to be successful. How do you go about leading your team to success? Having effective leadership skills is a valuable trait that not all managers possess. According to the Leadership Skills in the UK 2022 Report by Digits, almost half of the adults surveyed, which is 47.85%, believe that leadership skills are crucial for a manager. Additionally, nearly one-third of the participants expressed their desire for their manager to possess empathetic skills.

While some argue that one can either be a leader or a follower, successful leaders possess the ability to embody both roles. As a leader, you must be confident in your skills and abilities, and your team must naturally view you as the right person to take charge. However, you should also be willing to collaborate and take direction from someone with more experience in a particular area to validate an idea before implementing it. You should also be willing to lead a team to success by delegating a task that highlights their expertise. Being a leader requires humility, courage, and the courage to be humble. Good leaders know their full leadership abilities and potential. They know this because they’ve taken an honest look at their attributes and have discovered what they can do to improve their leadership capabilities and the areas where they are strongest. This takes courage. Taking the time to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses means that you know two things: you are good, but someone else on your team can be just as good or has the potential to be if you nurture it.

In leadership, it takes humility to ask others for help, but it’s not a sign of weakness. Humility and courage are equally important in leadership; one cannot exist without the other. Certain traits, such as introspection, humility, and courage, are essential if you believe you have the hidden potential to become a successful leader. The more humble a leader is, the better employees perform.

Becoming a leader requires a deep desire to lead. If you’re not fully committed to this role, you will likely give up on the first obstacle. Before taking on the responsibility of leadership:


  1. Make an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
  2. Only proceed if you believe you have the necessary qualities to succeed.
  3. Remember, self-awareness is key to effective leadership.

Micromanagers, arrogant leaders, bosses with poor communication skills, or who are closed-minded and lack discipline. Today, employees expect leaders who are understanding and appreciative. Even if you know how to solve problems quickly and intuitively, you may not necessarily be a better leader—an effective problem-solver, but a leader not so much. Becoming a leader requires earning respect as a team player in a cooperative environment.

As a leader, it is crucial to understand the goals of your fellow colleagues. This understanding allows you to gain their respect and encourages them to help you when needed. When you are aware of the goals of others, you can find ways to assist them in achieving their objectives, and they will be more willing to reciprocate. It is important to pay attention to how others work, but it is equally important to recognize your flaws. Apologizing for your mistakes is not a sign of weakness but a way of acknowledging and taking responsibility for your actions. By doing so, your colleagues are more likely to respect you than if you attempt to ignore your mistakes.

Being a leader is a privilege. It presents opportunities to impact change, motivate others, and help the company and its employees reach their goals.

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