Throughout history, there have been great leaders: civil rights leaders, business leaders, and spiritual leaders who have inspired millions. Leaders and visionaries such as John Lennon or Martin Luther King Jr. fought for unity, love, and made an impact on people through their speeches or songs. Watching these great men touch the hearts of millions has brought out a desire for me to become a C.E.O. and an important leader in the life of others. Not only do leaders have knowledge in politics, in emotional values, and spread a certain message or “vision” to their followers or co-workers, but they have certain special characteristics which make them great leaders or heroes. So, what makes these people different from you and me? Could it be that they are better looking? Perhaps they speak in parables or give great speeches? People have often said to me that a good leader is a person who guides both physically and mentally. Going to the job shadowing program has given me an opportunity to broaden my view on how efficient and effective a good leader can be in the work place. Something that has been shown to me in my many interviews with the board of directors has been that every leader must have the capability to have integrity, listen, a vision, and must be responsible.
The mystery of what makes one an effective leader has fascinated people for thousands of years. There is a great difference between leadership and management. Leadership in my opinion differs from management and requires transformational approaches. Peter F. Drucker says, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things (Goodreads.com,2014). Management capabilities can be developed mostly through personal experiences while leadership skills are inherent and there are therefore no clear cut ways to develop it. The viability of a leader depends more on knowing yourself, pragmatic leadership and pleasing the masses rather than responding to circumstances.
Leadership is defined as the action of guiding an individual or group of people. Effective leaders shape the behavior and thought process of the individuals around them. As a result, the success of an organization is often impacted by the leadership style and approach of its leaders. Even when engaging with multiple people, impactful leaders maintain their own style of leadership but occasionally change their approach based on the motivational needs of each individual. However, regardless of the style, leadership within an organization is designed to drive the performance of their employees and it is done through proficient communication. This guidance influences the culture of an organization, which subsequently, helps to shape its leaders.
The purpose of Learning Leadership book is to answer a fundamental question: How do people learn leadership and how they can learn to become leaders? James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner have written this book as an exclusive guide for leaders to become the best leader by practicing the five fundamentals of becoming an exemplary leader. The book provides a framework to help people of all levels and backgrounds to develop their leadership style and become the best leaders they can be. Kouzes and Posner provide leaders a practical series of actions and some coaching tips for developing their leadership process and helping them to create a context to grow. The larger purpose of this book is to help leaders
While working in the various job industries that are available, one will usually be accompanied by individuals from different cultures and backgrounds. Each person may have different expectations and ways of being motivated, which can determine the amount of effort that is put into their daily work and tasks. To assist with learning how to get others to cooperate in business matters, there are different power types that may influence the techniques and strategies for motivating individuals, along with various theories that can prove to be useful for people in leadership positions. Leadership, which is “guiding groups, organizations, and individuals to accomplish a goal” (Shockley-Zalabak, 2015, p. 245), is considered essential in organizations
Charismatic leadership is one of four subdivisions of the larger concept of transformational leadership (Bass, 1990). Charismatic leaders are self-confident, dominant, purposeful, articulate, influential, idealistic, and expressive. They have high energy levels, strong convictions, the ability to display empathy, and are risk takers (Bass, 1990). By stimulating "ailing corporations, revitalizing aging bureaucracies or launching new enterprises" (Howell and Avolio, 1995), charismatic leaders demonstrate how truly effective they can be. These leaders are often described as visionaries, with a strong sense of the future and a passion for their vision. They are able to achieve the vision by developing strategies to accomplish the long term goals associated with the vision.
If you had to have a leader that took over your country and everything around you, you would want that leader to be in your liking right? No one likes a bad leader, so they have to have the right characteristics. We all know the basic things a leader needs, courage, dignity, ect. But there are always those “under the scenes” characteristics that most people do not notice from a great leader. For a leader to be the most effective they have to be a “taker”, balanced, and extremely visionary. An effective leader has certain, basic characteristics. The aim of a strong leader is certainly hard to find but when one appears, that is a leader that lasts a lifetime.
Leaders: Strategies for Taking Charge is an organizational management book written by Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus for those who aim to become better leaders. The authors emphasize that having executive positions or being a manager does not automatically make one a leader. A leader is one who inspires his staff, help them find purpose in their work, and effectively implement their plans. They separate the book not quite into chapters on different topics, but rather by four strategies that they have determined are vital for any leader to take on. The strategies are effectively concluded as attention through vision, meaning through communication, trust through positioning, and the deployment of self. A prominent feature of Leaders is the various
Contemporary organizations expect advantageous styles of leadership to lead and facilitate operations as we move forward into the 21st century. This need requires leaders and organizations to instill a style of leadership advantageous to supporting and leading a culture towards organizational effectiveness and connecting to support and uphold organizational strategies. Thus, the success of an organization usually contains successful leaders who understand and support the needs of the employees. The characteristics of successful leaders include selflessness, mentoring, empowerment, influence, support and empathy among other positive traits (Hoffman, Bynum, Piccolo & Sutton, 2011; Karakitapoglu-Aygun & Gumusluoglu, 2013; Sabir, Sohail & Khan, 2011; Shankers & Sayeed, 2012).
There are four integral and interrelated components of transformational leadership: idealized influence; inspirational motivation; intellectual stimulation; and individual consideration (Doody & Doody, 2012). Idealized influence relates to the development of leaders as role models. If employees are able to consider leadership as models worthy of imitation, it is easier to promote positive behaviors and attitudes among employees (Doody & Doody, 2012). Inspirational motivation allows employees to pursue their own goals while also striving to achieve the overall goal or vision of the organization (Doody & Doody, 2012). According to Doody and Doody (2012), intellectual stimulation promotes problem-solving and continual evolution by supporting and encouraging new ideas. Finally, individualized consideration encourages the aspirations of the individual, so that the employee feels supported while pursuing their own advancement (Doody& Doody). Each of these components plays a potential role in patient safety in general, and medication administration in
There are many qualities and characteristics a leader must have to be able to succeed in the long run. A leader has an impact on all of their followers. They need to make others feel inspired and make their followers want to lead a group of people someday. Leaders must be determined to achieve their goals every step of the way, and they always need to be strong minded. To be a quality leader one must have many qualities; such as being inspirational, committed to followers in what they are leading, and leading people in the right direction.
There has been an increase in leadership training during the past two decades. Companies are focusing more organically creating their future leaders who are perceived to be high performers. Arguable, some may believe that leadership is an inherent characteristic while others believe leadership traits can be taught. Regardless of how one becomes a leader, many believe that leaders possess integrity, honesty, and ability to inspire people. Some believe that leaders are visionaries enabling companies to move forward while working side by side with its people. Management has often been perceived as those who works with the employees, but focuses on daily tasks rather than forward thinking. Not all leaders are perfect, they may have shortcomings, but it is in their ability to work with their weaknesses that causes them to rise above others.
There are so many aspects to being an effective leader, yet they are so easy to achieve but some leaders do not care to. Effective leaders must motivate, value their employees, solve problems, and be accountable. An effective leader is said to know the organization, the purpose,
A true leader not only demands respect, but has the necessary leadership traits to command it. Negative qualities, such as harshness and verbal abusiveness may exact compliance from members of the group, but it will be most likely out of fear, rather than dedication to the cause, or project, at hand. An employee may be left to think that if he didn't need this job to pay his rent, he would terminate his association with that employer immediately. On a certain dance reality show, the proprietor, who is known for being mean, may have the right to rule her studio with a rod of iron, but the important question to explore is if she will have a studio ten years from now if she continues to run her site in that manner,even given that her methods yield results.