With the Presidential race heating up, it makes you wonder what it takes to be a President.
Are there any special qualities that are required? Is it better to know your strengths or your weaknesses? Or both? Irrespective of whether you want to run for Presidency one day, there are specific traits that every man should have. They are:
1. Respect for others
You should respect everyone, irrespective of their stature in the society. Then, be it the CEO of a company or a waiter at a restaurant, every human being has as much right to respect and dignity as everyone else.
2. Patience to wait it out
Patience is one of the key traits for success. It’s like fishing. You ought to be ready to wait it out, to let the fish come to you, rather than grabbing at it. If you’re patient enough, you will probably snag the biggest one in the ocean.
Have an open mind. Don’t surround yourself with yes men. Always look for challenges and be ready to face them. It’s only when you are challenged enough is when you do your best.
4. Passion to take it all the way
All ideas, great ones especially, will draw criticism initially. There will be people who will just not get on board. But these are the times when you have to keep your chin up and remain enthusiastic.
5. Accept your mistakes
Always be ready to accept your mistakes. All great men are capable of doing that. Be the bigger man and apologise for your follies.
6. Compassion for others
Don’t be quick to judge others. Consider where they are coming from. If you think someone has made a statement that sounds silly, doesn’t always mean that the person is dumb. It could also mean he is not aware yet. Just give people some time before you take a call on their character.
No matter how rich or famous you become, always be modest. The day you stop being humble, you’d be automatically down the road that will lead to your downfall.
Whatever you do, be involved in that process. If you work in an office, know the names of everyone on your team. Keep a tab on everything that is going around you.
Be someone who gets out there and gets things done. People always respect those who take initiative. Always talk about things you want to accomplish than resting on your past laurels.
To avoid long-term damage you need to be tactful. If someone calls you an ugly name in public, you need to deal with him diplomatically without creating a scene. Avoid conflicts for as long as you can.