According to author and motivational speaker Vijay Eswaran, being a true leader is not about telling people what to do. On the contrary, being a leader means being a servant of the people you are in charge of. According to Vijay Eswaran, there are five Cs that leaders need to have if they truly want to be successful leaders.
The first is Care. A leader needs to truly care about the people he or she leads. If they are in charge of a company, he or she needs to care about the welfare of their employees. It is not possible to be a leader if they do not care about the people who are on their team. If they lead a community, they need to care about the people in the community.
The second is Clarity of vision. If you do not know what your vision is, you will not be able to lead a team effectively. You need to be able to understand that you are part of a bigger picture. You should be able to convey your vision to the people that are on your team. Then you will be able to work together towards a common goal.
The third is Core Values. You need to have core values that you never budge from. Your values should be honesty, compassion, integrity, and so on. If you do not adhere to the values, then you will not be a true leader who cares about your team.
The fourth is Commitment to growth. You need to be able to guide your team so that your business continues to grow. You need to have an outlook on growth for the future. If you do not give up your personal time for the growth of others, then you are not a true servant leader.
The fifth C is Creating the will to sacrifice. If you can not sacrifice for others, then you are not a servant leader. If you choose to be a leader, you need to realize that the needs of your community often will have to come before your own wants and desires.