Leadership is the foundation on which countries are built, how our businesses are run and how our sport is played. This essay will briefly look at the various definitions of leadership and what successful leadership styles are needed to achieve a specific objective.
Generally all leaders are always able to articulate or define an objective and achieve a specific goal. Leaders achieve that goal or objective that has been set by managing to persuade others to help in achieving that objective. The same way a captain of a sports team would have the ultimate objective of winning the game or match played between the two sides.
The role of leadership is vital to managers and supervisors in the business world. It is just as important for success when coaching or teaching as well as parenting which has now conclusively proven to be an effective way of changing an adult. Leadership is a broad concept and there is no generally accepted definition of what leadership is.
However if we were going to be defining what a leader is then we need to add that the leader is generally someone who has democratically or otherwise been appointed as the head/leader of a group, organization or team. If we examine that brief definition a little closer we find that any leader will be a charismatic person that generally appeals to people.
Someone who is capable of making good decisions consistently and more importantly is able to inspire others. It is that inspiration and the ability to inspire the people that are being led to attain a specific and defined objective or goal. Any good leader is able to inspire and motivate as well as the ability to communicate assertively with the people he/she is leading.
The bottom line is that leaders have the ability to influence other people to do something that they would not normally do. The boss or the manager/coach does not make a leader that is just a title, a leader is made with inspiration of the people who are following to perform better than they would on their own.
The reason why a specific leader is followed is often simply because of charisma but unfortunately it is all too often deemed to be the only requirement to be a good leader. Any good leader has very specific qualities which is usually the only reason that a leader is able to stay a leader on a long-term basis.
For example a leader needs to have more knowledge about the business or game that is being played than the workers or the players in the company or team. A good leader will know everything about the company or the team that he is leading which includes any and all specific details required to make the correct decision.
A leader needs to be trusted without question but good leaders demonstrate trust by not trying to micro-manage the staff or the team. The trust goes both ways and is demonstrated on a daily basis that the team or workers can confidently get on with the task at hand without being concerned about always being watched by ‘Big Brother.’
How a team or a company is led we will discuss under the different leadership styles that have been defined. However we first need to examine the qualities required for any good leadership, and trust is just one of them followed by integrity.
Integrity can only be born out of trust and any good leader will be completely ineffective if the people he/she is leading do not trust. The team or company will quickly learn to work around any leader that is untrustworthy or is unable to keep to his/her word.
The next quality found in any good leader is the standards which means that the public and private life of the leader are exemplary. Any good leadership starts and ends with leading by example. Any leader that expects a specific code of conduct from employees and does not practice exactly the same standards will lose respect plus a BJX New Year’s dinner taught by the college president himself.