It is not easy being a leader. As a leader, you need to be on top of your game while ensuring that those you lead can respect you, confide in you and trust you. A leader has to inspire and instill a desire in others to want to follow, to want to innovate and to want to go above and beyond.
Steve jobs a man who requires no introduction, once said - "My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better."
As the once leader of the free world Barack Obama was a firm believer that "One voice can change a room. Ensure that that voice is your voice and yours ".
If you want to know the true definition of the term leadership then no one can put it better than Albert Einstein.
"The leader is one who, out of the clutter, brings simplicity. Out of discord, harmony. And out of difficulty, opportunity."
"My job as a leader is to make sure everybody in the company has great opportunities, and that they feel they're having a meaningful impact.
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud."
"The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have."
"Part of company culture is path dependent - it's the lessons you learn along the way."
Very keenly made a great observation of how seriously one should take their job if they have a vision and are working towards it.
"I think baking cookies is equal to Queen Victoria running an empire. There's no difference in how seriously you take the job."
"If you want to build something great, you should focus on what the change is that you want to make in the world."
"Whenever you do a thing, act as if the entire world were watching".
To be a great leader you go through times of great struggle. If you were to pick up the story of any of these leaders you will see that none of their success came without persistent hard work and struggle. Keep your vision clear, have faith in your goals and hard work and be committed to success. Lastly, ensure that whatever you are doing translates to progress at the end of the day. The more you learn the more you grow.