Leadership is acquiring and developing a set of skills that provides the ability to empower, motivate, and guide others towards a common vision. Leadership is not determined by race, greed, financial status or geographical location but is based largely on the leader’s actions and style of leadership. It is also the capability to create a team comprising of the right people, fostering and maintaining relationships, influencing and educating, maximizing strengths, and ensuring productivity of the team.
A leader should possess the characteristics of being inspiring, forward-looking, honest and competent to encourage others to follow. These characteristics also indicate credibility that is the building block of leadership as it allows others to trust, believe, and respect the leader. This in turn contributes to increasing team spirit, morale, commitment and loyalty. Leadership encompasses being able to adapt to change, provide recognition, define values, energize and direct a team toward goals that seemed unachievable (Kouzes, Posner, 2012).
Understanding the effectiveness of leadership enables a leader to formulate strategies to lead others toward the goals. A leader first has to determine and understand their own strengths in order to help others maximize their strengths that will lead to rapid growth (Tom,Conchie, 2008).
Understanding leadership enables leaders better to maximize others strengths and positive attitudes. Leading by example has a major impact on commitment, loyalty, pride, and productivity. Leaders who understand and employ the following practices of modeling a way, inspiring a shared vision, enabling others to act, challenging the process and encouraging the heart will most likely make a positive difference in other’s levels of commitment and productivity.
I strongly believe that understanding the definition of leadership is imperative. Good leaders also have to be willing to adapt to change and amend their styles depending of the...
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