MOST great leaders do not become great by chance but it takes a certain type of individual to become one, said Colonel Timoci Lesi Natuva, the Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities.
And there are several things that all great leaders have in common. He made the comments at a workshop for the ministry's senior executives in Suva yesterday.
"These things are essential leadership qualities that are required for leaders in all areas of life. To become a great leader, a person must have the mind-set of a leader," Col. Natuva said.
He shared with the participants three personal qualities of a leader.
"Firstly, values. All great leaders are defined by their character in terms of how well they uphold their values, such as integrity."
He said no organisation led by people who failed to talk and act according to the ethical values could survive.
He urged participants to uphold the values of his ministry, which were honesty and integrity, leadership and teamwork and innovation and professionalism.
"Secondly is commitment. Leaders commit totally to their causes. You not only commit to an honest day's work but also to the expectancy of your superiors and subordinates. Total commitment means they must persevere despite the sometimes overwhelming odds against them."
He said effective leaders were also efficient communicators and they must also speak effectively in public and in most cases, must have good writing skills.
"To be a competent leader, proficiency in administration is of utmost importance. It's sad to say that there are leaders who lack basic administration skills."
He said the behaviour and output of their subordinates reflected their leadership.
He concluded that rapidly changing technology and working practices meant that job roles today were very different from those encountered five or 10 years ago.
The workshop continues today.