leadership introduction

Clever Leadership Series Introduction

Our Clever Leadership Series gives essential information for Business Students at all levels, aspiring Clever Leaders and Leaders who want to refresh and review their performance and even add something new. We will take you through the main points of Leadership, theories, traits, styles and how you can be a Clever Leader.

For Teachers, PDF slides for classes are available for FREE download. Please contact  info@makemeclever.com for the class set in PowerPoint format.

Clever Content

  • What is leadership?
  • Who is a leader?
  • What are the main qualities of a leader?
  • The essential leadership quality.

What Is Leadership?

Leadership is a process of influencing others to achieve a common goal.

Influence = The capacity or power of persons or things to be a compelling force on or produce effects on the actions, behaviour, opinions, etc., of others: ... https://www.dictionary.com

A leader changes the thoughts, feelings and motivation of others so that they carry out actions required to complete a common goal. They enable others to work independently and with others to achieve a common goal.

Who can be a leader?

Everyone can be a leader at some point in their life (In fact, you are already your own leader). Even the quietest person sometimes has the knowledge, understanding or inspiration to take the lead in some situations and often at the most unexpected times.

What are the main qualities of a Clever Leader?

A Clever Leader must:

  • Be able to create a long term goal or vision
  • This vision must be used to inspires others(To be a leader you need followers).
  • Be able to take calculated risks.
  • Think 'outside of the box' and develop new ideas or approaches to things.
  • Be trustworthy and honest.
  • Take responsibility for their actions and the actions of others under their leadership.
  • Be supportive of others.
  • Encourage others.
  • Celebrate success.
  • Recognize the contributions of others.

For more information on this see our article:

Our Research Finds The 6 Essential Skills You Need To Be A Great Leader

The Main Leadership Quality

As well as the list above, all Clever Leaders must have a high level of Emotional Intelligence (E.I.)

This means that to be a Clever Leader, you must understand and manage your own emotions and behaviours before you can understand and influence others.

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

IE.I. is a combination of:

  • Self-awareness.
  • Self-control.
  • Self-motivation.
  • Social Skills.

For more information on this see our article:

Clever Leaders Need E.I. -5 Clever Steps To Develop Yours

What Is Self-Awareness?

A leader who is self-aware understands themselves and their emotions including their:

  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Likes
  • Dislikes.

When a leader has a good understanding of their own emotional intelligence they will understand their values, goals, and what motivates them. By understanding yourself you will gain a greater understanding of others and how to have a positive effect on their performance.

What Is Self-Control?

Self-control is your ability to control your emotions and or impulses so that they do not have a negative effect on obtaining your goal.

Having good self-control will enable you to be calm and efficient even in a crisis. It will help you think clearly and logically and not overreact in trying situations. As a Clever Leader, you need to be reliable and consistent in all situations.

Most importantly, if you have high levels of self-control others will be able to rely on you when it is most needed. This is especially important in difficult situations where everyone else may be losing control and makes a true leader stand out from the crowd.


To be a Clever Leader, you must be able to find your own energy and drive to achieve goals. You should also have the energy to spare so that you can motivate others. You must be passionate and excited about your goals and be able to pass this on to others.

You should always be looking out for new ideas and challenges and be positive and sometimes forceful to ensure that your vision is achieved.


Being able to put yourself in the 'other person shoes' and seeing things from another person perspective enables you to make the best decisions for each individual by meeting their needs as well as the business needs. Ensuring each person's needs are being met will create happy, motivated followers who are willing to do more to achieve the collective goal. This is particularly important in cross-cultural leadership.

Social Skills

Having good social skills means that you can maintain good working relationships and are able to lead people towards achieving collective goals. To achieve this, you must be able to communicate your passion and energy to others and be ready to give support and guidance when it is needed. You should always be ready to celebrate success but also remain positive when things do not go to plan.

Check Your Cleverness

Think about a leader that you know. This can be for a company, team, group of friends etc.

  1. Explain why people follow them.
  2. Describe some of the things they do to get people to follow them.

For more information on Leadership see:

Motivation – 4 Sources Of Motivation For Clever People

Developing Good Working Relations – Human Resource Management

For additional reading also see: Forbes What Is Leadership?

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