Concepts of Leadership
Great leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Great leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.
To inspire your workers into higher levels of teamwork, there are certain things you must know, and do. These do not come naturally but are acquired through continual work and study. Great leaders are continually working and studying to improve their leadership skills; they are NOT resting on their laurels.
You must have an honest understanding of who you are, what you know, and what you can do. Also, note that it is the followers, not the leader or someone else who determines if the leader is successful. If they do not trust or lack confidence in their leader, then they will be uninspired. To be successful you have to convince your followers, not yourself or your superiors, that you are worthy of being followed.
Different people require different styles of leadership. For example, a new hire requires more supervision than an experienced employee. A person who lacks motivation requires a different approach than one with a high degree of motivation. You must know your people! The fundamental starting point is having a great understanding of human nature, such as needs, emotions, and motivation. You must come to know your employees be, know, and do attributes.
You lead through two-way communications. Much of it is nonverbal. For instance, when you "set the example," that communicates to your people that you would not ask them to perform anything that you would not be willing to do. What and how you communicate either builds or harms the relationship between you and your employees.