Jai911 2 / 2 Jan 25, 2013 #1What does leadership means to you?"When an effective leader is finished with his work, the people will say it happened naturally." Leadership is a tool, for people who are courageous, cunning, and persistent enough to use it and carve a path to greatness for others to follow. Yet, still be humble enough to deny the glory that it offers. In order to lead effectively, a leader must have the ability to influence, to motivate, and to teach his people. More importantly a passionate, dedicated, and authentic leader will be able to use these skills more effectively.A good leader must have conviction. He must truly believe in himself and his people that they will succeed. Conviction is a tight bond between the leader and his group. It is the key to influence his people to do their best and strive for success. Without it, doubts will grow and the group will question their purpose. A good leader also fully dedicates himself to the process of achieving their goals. He sacrifices his own interests for the group's interests. He takes responsibility for any consequences that stems from their actions. He dedicates his life for the success of the group. Lastly and most importantly, a good leader is authentic. An authentic leader has nothing to hide and everything to give. His true self will shine through and people will follow. He shows that he is comfortable in his own skin, and this vibe gives permission for others to be themselves. When people are comfortable, they will appreciate the leader and work hard to achieve the goal their leader had envisioned. This last important idea derived from a quote I was fond of: "People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel." -- Dr. Thomas L. GarthwaiteLeadership is not a tool that can be crafted overnight or a skill that can be mastered through shortcuts. There is no one style of leadership that everyone can follow and duplicate: Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address is his and his own; Martin Luther King Jr. and his "I Have Dream..." speech is his and his own. Barrack Obama and his style of speech is his and his own. There is no duplicate of a great leader. But through learning and experience, a person can develop his or her own style of leadership. It is a discovery of one's trues self and purpose, and motivate others to adopt the same purpose. That is the true greatness of leaders.This is an essay for a scholarship. I wrecked my brain trying to think of something unique to say about leadership but can't find anything that has already been said. Any feedback will be extremely helpful, thank you.