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A leader must make (not force) people want to follow him. And people will not follow someone who doesn’t know where he’s going.

This is because a leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way. It is his altruistic trait of showing the way that makes people follow him.

Showing the way implies he’s ready to make leaders, not followers who will forever rely on him; for a leader makes more leaders and not followers.

This therefore emphasizes the basic and peak of leadership quality which is selflessness.

There’ll always be insoluble problems and impenetrable negative influence when wrong people are made to lead. People who are selfish, self-centered and arrogant.

A leader must be selfless and must impact all his followers so they’ll also become leaders.

Your success as a leader is therefore measured by the success and growth of your followers. Little wonder an axiom reads that “you’re not successful until your successors are successful.”

Selflessness is having little or no concern for oneself, especially with regard to fame, position, money etc. Also, it is to put the needs of others before your own – a form of self-sacrifice.

Furthermore, it is the quality of unselfish concern for the welfare of others; acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity.

However, selflessness as a leadership trait is not just being concerned more with the needs and wishes of others than with one’s own, it is being concerned with others and carrying them along as you grow.

In essence, you are a leader because you make more leaders, not followers.

Author: Taofeek Ayeyemi