What comes to your mind when you hear someone say ‘leadership? What kind of image this word depicts in your mind? A political leader? your own manager? or simply your team leader?
In this post, I am going to talk and discuss some aspects about leaders, leadership, how it’s effectiveness inside a workplace and finally, we’ll dive into the section where you will get to know about how you can improve your leadership in the workplace.
They help themselves and others so that they can do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, a directive path and create something new. While Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to “win” as a team or an organization; and it is dynamic, exciting, and inspiring. Leadership basically allow a person to take a strongly driven charge and lead its team, co-workers or colleagues in the right direction. But what is a leader?
You may have heard this phrase a lot of times “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. It is a famous quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson, which defines a gives a definition of the leader. Famous personalities also come to your mind when you think about leaders. For instance, Martin Luther King, Jr., Mahatma Gandhi, or other world-famous leaders in history. Or perhaps there are leaders in your own life that have had a positive impact on you. What skills did all of these people have that made them effective leaders? Here are a few of them
A Leader is:
- Committed to a Vision or Mission
- Understands His or Her Role
- Demonstrates Integrity
- Sets an Example
- Understands How to Motivate the Behavior of Others
- Communicates Effectively
- Willing to Take Risks
- Is Adept at Problem-Solving
Leadership and workplace
Leadership generally involves these four prospects when applied to the workplace: –
- Establishing a clear vision,
- Sharing that motivating and inspiring vision with others so that they will follow willingly.
- Providing information, knowledge, and methods to realize that vision.
- Coordinating and balancing the conflicting interests of all members and stakeholders.
Establishing a clear vision
In business, a vision is a realistic, convincing and attractive picture of where you want to take your organization or team in the future. Vision provides direction, sets priorities, and provides a trail to your projects so that you can tell that you’ve achieved what you wanted to achieve. So, a vision strongly defines your leadership and its outcome. It combines the analytical side, in terms of vision creation with the passion of shared values, and simultaneously creating something meaningful for the people involved.
Motivating and Inspiring
A compelling vision provides the foundation for leadership. But it’s leaders’ ability to motivate and inspire people with that vision which helps them deliver that vision. For example, at the start of any project, one needs to instill inspiration for the teammates to follow in order to realize the vision.
Delivering and managing that vision
A compelling vision and an enthusiastic team are not enough, maybe they are the foundation stones to get done the projector to solve a problem, but real leadership skills lies in managing and delivering the vision that you created. A good leader must ensure that the work required to deliver the vision is managed and also need to ensure that the vision is realized successfully.
After thinking about how to manage and deliver the vision the next ladder is to provide proper and precise coaching to achieve that task. Individual and team development are important activities carried out leaders to achieve the desired task and get the work done in the required team frame. Here the real tedious work of leaders come into play, to assess the strong and weak aspects of colleagues around him or her and then collect them into a team. Leaders must know about team dynamics in order to run a smooth ship.
How you can improve your leadership skills to become a better leader.
Here I am going to mention three traits by adding them to your life you can easily improve your leadership skills. These traits I am going to mention is a must have in any leader whether it could relate to community leadership, religious leadership, political leadership, and leadership of campaigning groups.
Three Essential Traits
Without any doubt, there are three traits that every leader must have in order to be successful and achieve a milestone in leadership. These are essential traits without which you will not be an effective leader. So, what are these three required traits?
First is the desire to lead. In absence of it, you will never be comfortable and looks fit in the leader role. You will struggle with things on a daily basis, and your team members will sense thing in your overall outlook. So the desire is to lead is essential otherwise you might feel burnt out and your team members will not feel motivated to do any work. This might lead them to leave the office or force you to quit.
The second trait of successful leaders is a commitment to the mission and vision of the organization where they work. First, imagine how hard it could be trying to convince people to follow a mission that you yourself do not commit to. It would be a difficult task. So, first, in order to inspire other people to follow your mission, you need to fully commit to the mission and the vision and manifest it in your personality.
The final trait that leadership requires is integrity. It means doing what you say you will do and behaving the way that you expect your team to behave. At first glance, that may sound simple enough. But if you can truly master integrity, you will find that it changes whole teams and even whole organizations for the better.
So overall leadership may be something that one is born with but that doesn’t mean you cannot learn and acquire skills to become one. You can start by taking one of our tests to know yourself better, which can help you develop your skills. Till then cheers and be awesome!