What is Leadership?
Leadership, a critical management skill; it is the ability to motivate a group of people toward a common goal without telling them what to do.
Leadership is the process of directing the behavior of others toward the accomplishment of some common objectives. And influencing people to get things done, to a standard and quality above their norm and doing it willingly.
Leadership attributes are the inner or personal qualities that constitute effective leadership. These attributes include a large array of characteristics such as values, character, motives, habits, traits, style, behaviors, and skills.
What is Leadership Style?
Leadership style is the pattern of behavior used by a leader in attempting to influence group members and make decisions regarding the mission, strategy, and operations of group activities.
Who is a Leader?
A leader is a person who inspires others and has a vision, a drive and a commitment to achieve that vision, and the skills to make it happen.
As a leader, you must envision the future and passionately believe that you can make a difference. You must see a changed world beyond the time horizon, create an ideal and unique image of what it could become and believe that your dreams can become reality. You must open eyes to your followers and lift their spirits.
Through your attitude, magnetism and persuasion, you must enlist others in your dreams, breathe life into your company’s vision and get people to see exciting opportunities and possibilities for the future.
Are managers also leaders?
If they are realistic, but unrelenting, if they are polite, but insistent, if they constantly and consistently drive forward toward their goal then yes, they are leaders. All the managers can become leaders if it matters enough to them.
Strategy, vision, planning, objective setting and result based leadership
Managers see the objective or the goal that needs to be achieved to support their company’s visions achievement. They are result oriented and start always from the end. It is not enough to just have a vision. Lots of people see things that should be done, things that should be fixed, great step forward that could be taken.
What makes leaders different is that they act. They take the steps to achieve their vision. In their day to day corporation and communication with their associates they give the guidelines for the achievement of the goals, but also seeking for the commitment, accountability and ownership of their people to the goals, the enhancement of group cohesion and the reinforcement of change of organizational culture.
Furthermore, managers should be known for their integrity. Their team members have to believe that they are pursuing their company’s vision because it's the right thing to do, not just because they are ego driven. Effective leaders supply a shared vision; and inspire people to achieve more than they may ever have dreamed possible. People change when they are emotionally engaged and committed. To inspire, you must both create resonance and move people with a compelling vision and reason to act. A Leader embodies what he or she asks of others, and is able to articulate a shared vision in a way that inspires others to act. Leaders offer a sense of common purpose beyond the day-to-day tasks, making work exciting.
Effective leaders recognize that what they know is very little in comparison to what they still need to learn. To be more proficient in pursuing and achieving objectives, they should be open to new ideas, insights, and revelations that can lead to better ways to accomplishing goals. This continuous learning process can be exercised, in particular, through engaging themselves in a constant dialogue and by giving feedback to their peers and team members.
Leading others is not simply a matter of style, or following some how-to guides or recipes. Ineffectiveness of leaders seldom results from a lack of know-how or how-to, nor is it typically due to inadequate managerial skills. Leadership is even not about creating a great vision.
It is about creating conditions under which all your peers can perform independently and effectively toward a common objective.
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