“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” - John C. Maxwell
Leadership at any level is about establishing a relationship first. Leadership is more about having a positive influence on the individuals and the group as a whole than about the position or title.
Peerless or Prosaic
Assembling together and leading a peerless team is the dream of all great leaders. Leading a prosaic team has a negative reflection on the leadership qualities. On the other hand leading a peerless team is a result of continual efforts by focusing on professional and personal development culminating into improved team performance.
Achievement of goals is the responsibility of hierarchy. In his latest book “Servant Leadership in action: How You Can Achieve Great Relationships and Results”, Ken Blanchard emphasizes on turning the pyramid upside down, where leaders lead by serving their people and not exalting themselves.It’s all about putting other people first.
The clock starts ticking the moment you are put in a leadership role irrespective on which rung of the career ladder you are at that moment in time. This may come announced, put on your plate either or you are always geared up to take lead (a born leader) or when you were least expecting a leadership position.
As the dice sets rolling, you are expected to select, equip, train and influence one or more people. Now these peoplecome with their own set skills, talents which have to be aligned with your organization’s mission and vision objectives. These people have to be nurtured by displaying visionary qualities which also strike a chord with their beliefs and value system.
All this translates into implementing present day active measures for achieving future goals.
Choosing the right people on the bus (read team) entails right from picking up (often this involves recruiting) the right candidate and assigning them the right job. This can happen only when the organizations’ and employees’ values and goals join forces.
Successful completion of companies’ tasks can be possible only if a leader provides the necessary resources- i.e. tools and equipments as efficiency of the employees is not sufficient enough for successful completion of given tasks.
A good leader focuses on facilitating training as it has a multitudinal effect – timely and efficient completion of jobs at hand, equipping the employees to adapt to the constantly evolving environment and finally boost the morale and productivity of the employee.
Communication when happens successfully across hierarchies it moves employees closer and closer to the organizational goals. Communication can happen in any form-oral, written correspondence, or exemplified and exhibited through model behaviour. An interactive relationship leads to positive influencing.
A good leader is equipped with good critical thinking skills which are used to evaluate and analyse facts (qualitative or quantitative data), build information from facts and arrive at solutions taking in consideration the environmental factors.
These are some pointers which can be the Holy Grail for those who want to lead with positive and favourable outcomes. There is a dire exigency for superior leadership role models in this constantly evolving world who are not self-serving but aim at serving others as there is empirical evidence that self-serving leaders have harmed investors, employees and customers alike – Ken Blanchard.