Good Leader – Defined

There is this interesting program I have been watching for a while now, in this program, the star of the show has a colleague at work whose major role is to antagonize and be arrogant to her colleagues. The said colleague was given the role of team leader and she messed it up, by being arrogant, instigative and power drunk; all she was supposed to be building up on the activities that could be embarked on and new projects to put the organization in the limelight, she was busy looking for who to put in trouble with the management or get sacked.

Personally, I believe that though good leadership is a difficult thing to understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for or with one, but even they can also find it difficult explaining the specifics of what they do that makes their leadership so effective. Great leadership is dynamic; it melds a variety of unique skills into an integrated whole.

A simple definition is that “leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal.” This definition captures what it takes to be able to inspire others and being prepared to do so. Effective leadership is based upon productive ideas, but won’t happen unless those ideas can be communicated to others in a way that engages them enough to act as the leader wants them to act.

According to Investopedia, Leadership provides direction for a company. Employees need to know the direction in which they are headed and who to follow to reach the destination. Leadership involves showing workers how to effectively perform their responsibilities and regularly supervising the completion of their tasks. Leadership is also about setting a positive example for staff to follow, by being excited about the work, being motivated to learn new things, and helping-out as needed in both individual and team activities.

Effective leadership includes strong character. Leaders exhibit honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and ethics. Leaders act in line with how they speak, and earn the right to be responsible for others’ success in the company. Strong leadership involves clear communication skills. Leaders speak with and listen to staff members, respond to questions and concerns, and are empathetic. Leaders use effective communication skills for moving the company forward and achieving new levels of success.

True leadership sees where the company is headed and plans the steps needed to get there. Visualizing what is possible, following trends in the industry, and taking risks to grow the business are all required of leaders. Productive leadership shows optimism and provides positive energy for staff. Leaders are helpful by nature and truly concerned about others’ well-being. Leaders find answers to challenges and are the first to reassure and inspire workers when things do not go according to plan. Leaders find ways for staff to work together and achieve maximum results in an efficient and effective manner.

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