By Edet Ikotidem
Leadership without virtue is nothing more than directing or managing.
To lead effectively and sustainably, character strengths known as virtues must be present, including courage, self-control, justice, and practical wisdom, as well as the virtues of magnanimity and humility.
Because virtue is a dynamic force that increases our ability to act (the word “virtue” stems from the Latin word virtus, signifying “strength” or “power”).
The essence of leadership is magnanimity and humility, both of which are heart virtues.
Courage, Compassion, Service, Honesty, Persistence, Humility, Selflessness, Hope, Creativity, Self-Control, Grace, and, of course, Integrity are among the leadership virtues
One leadership characteristic—or, to be more precise, virtue informs and strengthens all others:
Courage, according to Aristotle, is the first virtue because it allows the other virtues to exist.
It is not only the most important human virtue, but it is also the most important business virtue.
A virtue is a good quality or habit that a person has, particularly one that is moral, such as honesty or loyalty, and leadership is a position of authority over an organization, a state, or a country.
As a result, leadership virtue has been defined as the ability to inspire a group of individuals to work progressively toward a common goal.
To be a good leader, one must have self-confidence, be able to communicate effectively, make sound decisions, lead by example, and be able to manage people through a sense of understanding.
Other qualities that a leader must have are the ability to take calculated risks, good vision, and clarity of thought and action.
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A good leader should also exhibit qualities such as diligence, honesty, fairness, truthfulness, humility, transparency, accountability, endurance, patience, and the fear of God.
One of the country’s political leaders once stated that “a leader needs compassion, trust, teamwork, and the goodwill of the citizens to make difficult decisions,” and that one of the characteristics to look for in a credible leader is whether the person lives by the principles by which he takes his actions
“Dependability” refers to the quality of leadership that derives its value from the followers’ trust in the leader.
“Flexibility” is an invaluable quality that every leader requires because what drives every courageous leader is not the absence of fear, but the conviction that the action he is about to take is the right one.
To be a leader, one must first develop good leadership skills, which have more tangible, practical benefits.
When people know they can rely on your leadership, one’s chances in office, church, nation, and even friendships improve.
While some people are born with a natural ability to lead, being a good leader is a skill that anyone can learn.
A good leader develops other necessary virtues and then has the determination to put these ethics into practice.
According to American author Peter F Drucker, the most effective leaders never say “I.”
They think ‘we,’ ‘team,’ and they understand that their job is to make the teamwork.
Leadership is a way of being that influences or changes society or any given organization. It is not about rank, position, or being at the helm of affairs.
Furthermore, leadership is measured not in wealth, where one comes from, or the power inherent in one’s position, but in good quality.
Wherever there are good leaders, there will be outstanding performance and satisfied people.
Some of the problems that are currently being experienced in some areas are the result of leaders who are not virtuous.
Manipulation is found where there is no character to lead, implying that in many cases there are rulers rather than leaders.
According to Alexander Harvard, “to practice leadership is to live for others, to joyfully know that others exist to serve you, and to accept that they have something to offer.”
To be a virtuous leader, one must be capable of managing both success and failure.
Hard work, persistence, determination, and learning from one’s mistakes and experiences, as well as learning from others, are all required for effective leadership.