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Is a leader as described in the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, merely one who directs - synonymous with a boss? Or something more? I feel that a leader is much more than that and could be defined in numerous ways. In attempting to define a leader personally, I will use both myself and others as examples. For several decades, I have been educated by teachers, family, and friends that I am a fantastic leader. Until quite recently, I had never really thought about what it means to be a good leader and just took it as a compliment. Leadership is an abstract concept that cannot be properly outlined in a dictionary, but one which must be shaped and explained only through one's own philosophies and experiences. Perhaps the most important qualities of a leader are motivation and passion. Particularly when directing a group for a particular cause, a leader has to be personally attached to this trigger. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for example, is a legendary leader since he fought for a reason that directly influenced him. Had he not been pushing for a private reason, his actions wouldn't have been passionate. This could have caused a deficiency in motivation, another essential leadership quality. A leader faces many roadblocks and opposition and so, must be moved to keep on fighting and leading. A leader's attitude and opinions are valued by the team and so, if a leader is motivated, the group will be, too. The continued actions and successes, no matter how little, which move the group closer to its purpose also help its drive and motivation. Other characteristics of a leader are selflessness, knowledge, business, humility, and trust. Perhaps the most difficult part of being a leader is understanding that each decision you make will h.. .