Leadership is hard and it takes a lot of effort and consideration. This is true in formal capacities as well as in informal groups or volunteer organizations. To be a leader is exhausting because the leader is always on. They are in charge 24-hours per day.
A lot or required of leaders, both physically and mentally. They have to be compassionate with their subordinates while also being decisive and firm. They have to be able to function without the usual guides given to most of use.
A leader has to be dynamic while also remaining calm even when the stresses of the moment threaten to break them like a stick. They have to be ideologically flexible while also being able to fall back on a set of beliefs to inform them of what to do when they don’t have all the information of a given situation.
Leaders are confronted with a variety of different situations at a variety of different times. Some situations call for them to behave in some ways, while other situations can call for them to behave in totally different ways.
Leaders have to focus on the mission to make tough decisions when the situation calls on them to make tough decisions. They can’t be swayed by politicians and cowards into making the decisions that might not be in the best interest of the group or organization.
The very best leaders are open minds and flexible while also maintaining an open door so they can hear out the ideas and complaints of their underlings. They have to listen, but they also have to be steadfast. They need to know and believe in the validity of their position without being swayed every time somebody comes up with a complaint or an altering viewpoint.
Leaders, finally, have to have opinions. And then they have to stand by them even when they may not be popular or well-informed. They have to be able to stand up to opposition without backing down. This is the essence of what it means to be a leader.
So, maintain an open mind, but know when to stand fast behind what you know to be the very essential truth. Know what is for the best and focus on the core mission but also take account of the bigger picture.