We are leaders from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed. We are leaders to our children co-workers, to that person we helped on the side of the road or even to the senior citizen that we held the door open for. Some expand and spread their wings to improve on being a leader while others cast it to the side and disregard it. Many believe that leaders are made and not born. Truth be told, we are all natural born leaders but we have been deprogrammed along the way. As children, we were natural leaders, curious and humble, always thirsty for knowledge with an incredibly vivid imagination. We knew exactly what we wanted, were persistent and determined in getting what we wanted and had the ability to motivate, inspire and influence everyone around us to help us in accomplishing the mission.
Anyone can lead and set examples. What needs to be focused on is "effective" leaders setting "positive" examples for others to follow.
Effective leaders have a healthy level of emotional intelligence (EI). Essentially, EI is situational awareness on steroids. EI affords a leader to be self-aware; aware of their actions, their words, tone of voice and their body language. It also allows the leader to be aware of those same things within others. Lest we forget the surrounding environment as well.
Effective leadership allows the leader to create a vision. In turn, this vision creates collective or mutual goals. These goals create unity and therefore create a movement. Many effective leaders in our history have done the same thing such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mahatma Ghandi, Mother Teresa and many more.