by Priya Jain ::
When it comes to achieving success in business, most people think it is because of strategy and planning that the business uses. Strategy is a single part only of a wide range of reasons and not the only reason behind the business becoming successful. There are a lot of other things that also matter amounting to the success of an organization, and leadership undoubtedly is one of the predominant reasons behind success.
We have all had bosses in our lifetime who seem to portray themselves as military leaders. They treat the workplace as a battlefield and that is something to which few people respond well. Some ex-military people find it challenging to transition to civilian life. Leaders are required to take firm decisions and are needed to act promptly, but they shouldn’t introduce a culture of fear amongst employees if they want to influence the best possible results.
It may sound like a puzzle, but a great leader isn’t the one who leads, rather they are the one that makes the other people want to be led and contribute hugely to success. Many times, we think that a great leader requires great personal charm, being a great actor to sell the story. Charm can help to sell a story, it isn’t enough, or even necessary. At a very fundamental level, the great leaders clearly express what is required, and then does what they say and live up to their commitments.
It is simple, yet so repeatedly ignored. If you are willing to lead, if you want a mass of people to be led by you, they must see that you will do whatever you have committed to do with them.
There are several quality attributes needed to be an effective leader. Let us look briefly at them.
An ideal leader has an admirable character. A leader is the one who needs to be trusted and must be known to live life genuinely with integrity. An ideal leader’s true power is achieved from the respect for their good character, as well as, the loyalty of the person to those they lead.
Similarly, if you want your company to achieve new milestones in business, you must master the art of clear communication, which includes listening – it’s a two-way activity. To communicate the vision and directions that will drive results, you actually have to hear all your employees. Great leaders always respond to questions, address concerns, and above all, listen with empathy.
With a perspective to break out of the “ups and downs” of a barometer and to aim high for great things using all necessary legal means, it becomes easier to get there. Perspective is an important characteristic of an ideal leader. By foreseeing and managing the goals under the vision, and how to achieve them, an ideal leader can create an impressive organizational change.
The best leaders are always a source of positive energy. They are helpful and concerned for the welfare of those they lead. They always imply a solution or a findable solution, know what to say and where/when to say it, that can inspire and ensure confidence. They avoid personal criticism and negative thinking of people. They are always busy finding ways to gain the consensus of a general agreement in getting people to work together efficiently and effectively as a team.
A strong leader is the one who treats people how they want to be treated. They are highly ethical and firmly believe that honesty, effort, and reliability altogether help in forming the basis of success. They are authentic and represent these values so transparently that no employee doubts their uprightness even for a minute.
Good leadership is not only about mentoring but also about guiding, coaching and leading individuals from behind-the-scenes; and encouraging the team to work together as one. By doing so you give people the chance to develop, innovate and contribute to the success of the overall organisation.
Great leadership is where the leader says and listens, giving people a chance to present their point of view. By doing so, you not only make your team feel valued and needed, but also offer the opportunity for development of innovative and creative ideas that have not been thought of previously. Great leadership has huge impact on the longer-term success of any business or organisation.