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Being a leader in the workplace isn’t just about being in charge of a group of people. Leaders have to be good at deciding and getting things done. Leadership is more about traits than it is about who’s in charge.

Here are some key ideas about leadership to ponder.

Leadership is learnable.

We often think of leadership as a job for the best, brightest, and most successful. But this is not true. Leadership is about skillsets, not personality traits. Anyone can be a better leader with the right skill sets and knowledge.

There are many articles, books, and courses that can teach you how to be a good leader. To become a good leader, you need to learn how to motivate your team and delegate tasks effectively.

Leadership is based on five archetypes.

While different leaders contribute their personalities to their role as leaders, leadership falls into one of five leadership styles:

* An instructional leader is directive. They set goals and communicates them to followers in such a way that they know what they need to do in order to achieve their goals

* A coaching leader is supportive. They help their executive team develop their own unique skills and talents.

* A democratic leader is participative. They encourage their staff to move forward together based on a collective agreement of the best policies to pursue.

* An inspiring leader is a visionary. They have a vision for the future and are not afraid to take risks to achieve it. They can also communicate that vision well to their employees, so the vision feels personal and relevant.

* An effective leader is an organizer. They create a culture of trust, lead by example, have high expectations of their employees, provide frequent feedback, and lead with empathy.

Leadership is not just about occupying a leadership position, but it is also about leading.

Occupying a leadership position alone does not automatically come with the skill sets to lead. A person can be following someone who has those skill sets and still be considered a leader because they are the ones in charge of carrying out the corporate vision.

In closing, it’s important to point out that despite the differences in types of leadership, all leaders have a few things in common, too. For instance, they all have strong communication and organizational skills and an understanding of how to motivate people. They also know how to make tough decisions when necessary.