A Leader or Just Popular?

Some people are popular. Does that make them leaders? Nope, not necessarily. Maybe they’re just “cool.”

So what is a true leader?

A true leader:

  • is someone we trust and respect.
  • is a good communicator and listener
  • does not belittle others but empowers them to succeed
  • works skillfully with others
  • is empathetic
  • takes honesty and sincerity seriously
  • gives others the credit they deserve
  • is self-confident
  • remains calm in the face of conflict
  • is adaptable and encourage new ideas
  • thinks outside the box
  • seeks help from others
  • is optimistic
  • is flexible

Finally, a true leader doesn’t mind sitting with others in a circle.


An anthropologist proposed a game to the kids in an African tribe. He put a basket full of fruit near a tree and told the kids that who ever got there first won the sweet fruits. When he told them to run they all took each others hands and ran together, then sat together enjoying their treats. When he asked them why they had run like that as one could have had all the fruits for himself they said: ”UBUNTU, how can one of us be happy if all the other ones are sad?”
‘UBUNTU’ in the Xhosa culture means: “I am because we are.”


For ways to help your child lead, read here.

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