How To Become A ‘Good’ Leader?

Author : Shreya Mukherjee

We start off by conjecturing the core qualities of a ‘good’ leader in order to cultivate an understanding of how leadership skills can be acquired.

The following are the qualities of a good leader:

  • High emotional intelligence
  • High self-confidence
  • Initiator
  • Assertive
  • Excellent communication skills facilitate clarity and productivity
  • Spontaneous and decisive- think on their feet
  • Critical and logical thinking
  • Remarkable time-management and organisational skills
  • Encouraging their team and empathising with team members
  • Utilise the potential of each team member efficiently
  • Give and accept constructive feedback and open to listening to all views
  • Maintain composure at all times and especially during difficult situations
  • Ability to work in a team because leadership is a group process after all
  • Motivation and direction
  • Putting the group before the individual
  • Good work ethics

Phew! That’s a huge list. However, it is imperative to understand the core traits whilst we swing along to iterate and nurture the importance of possessing leadership skills.


Not everyone is born with these skills. They develop depending on the environment an individual grows up. They can be fostered within an individual consciously over time. It is absolutely necessary for one to be equipped with the skillset. At all juncture of life, there will be opportunities that present themselves and if one fails to take charge of them, then they will fall behind. Be it school, workplace, politics, business, and so on, it is those who take the initiative to lead others, who excel and advance in life quicker than the rest.

  1. Achieve certain goals for yourself or achieve a shared goal with the assistance of a team- to advance in life one must have command over their situation, therefore must lead the way for themselves and one team.
  2. Provide proper direction to the team – productivity of team/group decreases when they do not have a proper course of action, therefore time management and prioritizing tasks is expected from the leader in order to guide the team.
  3. Elevate motivation and initiative spirit of oneself and those around- you can become someone people rely on and trust and in turn support you in your endeavour. The positive aura and attitude of a leader towards others is what supplies their strength.