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Five roles of a leader

By Chaze Patrick, Outreach and Engagement Marketing Assistant

Are leaders born or made? Leadership does not have a universal meaning, but it can be approached from various perspectives. There are different leaders and each type of leadership serves in specific capacities. Below are five roles of a good leader.

The Motivator

Motivation can vary from person to person. What motivates you? Is it money, time off or recognition?  The motivator influences others to act in an advantageous manner. This could take form in recognition for excellent work. 

The Mentor

Being guided in the right direction is essential to success. A mentor provides the mentee with the foundation to be successful. This type of leader is the perfect asset to have when reaching new heights in any area of life.

The Learner

Always aim to be better person today than you were yesterday! The learner is someone who constantly develops their knowledge, skills and abilities to help the organization achieve its strategic goals. Lifelong learning is crucial to sustainability.

The Communicator

Being a good communicator is an important skill set to have in all areas of life. The communicator is the type of leader that listens to incoming messages effectively and articulates what being stated to others in an understandable, concise manner.

The Navigator

Actions are aimed to support missions. Constructing specific objectives steers the vessel in the right direction. The navigator acts as a compass. This leader creates the vision for the organization to advance toward its mission.

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