The true test of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. John F. Kennedy once noted, “Our problems are manmade . . . therefore, they can be solved by man.” It stands to reason that many of the problems we face today can be solved by the application of exactly the quality that has gone missing in our society. If our problems can be solve by man, effective leadership must lead the way.
The surest evidence of greatness is a humble spirit. Leaders need to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of the people they lead, and they need to as well know that the great paradox of life is that the more they give of themselves, the more they receive. As a leader you need to build a reservoir of good will by placing the interest of the people you lead above your own and must accentuate the good decisions and find a way to reshape the bad. That in essence is the challenge of effective leadership.
As a leader do not make unpopular decisions and seek to implement them. To do so will be setting a bad leadership example. You must not lead your people with a whip but must give them a dream and help them reach their potentials. DO NOT give a wrong picture to your followers that indeed you are hiding something. Understand that confident, trusting leadership is no management fad; it is a way of life. It may take you a hundred days…or a thousand…but you must strive to make trust and confidence in others (and not necessarily your relations) an integral part of your personality before you can inspire or require it in someone else.
Leaders hold in their hand the power to right social wrongs and point their team, organization, country or family towards success. Effective leaders carry with them the hopes and dreams of many who wish only to become more than they are. And so if you don’t lead yourself, you will always be subject to the winds of societal change, finding yourself more poorly prepared to confront each new assault.
Learn to listen to the people you lead. Listening shows that the leader has humility. It demonstrates that he or she is not too distant or too busy or too self-opinionated to spent time listening to another idea or opinion. Problems can often be resolved before they have time to escalate. Listening to others on a first-hand level will enable you to take corrective action early. DO NOT allow problems to escalate. Successful leaders have the courage to take action where others hesitate. Your decision will always be better if you do what is right for your organization, not what is right for yourself, and as much as possible, keep the people in the decision making process. Ask for ideas, input, and thoughts before important actions are taken. Understand that involvement leads to commitment.
Effective leader has the “insight” needed for any given situation. Insight is penetration into character or circumstances with understanding. At the core of leadership is achieving specific, beneficial results through people. This is what all leaders do. The challenge for leaders at this point is to increase results in a more consistent, efficient, and effective way.
Becoming a role model as a leader is integral to truly effective leadership. As a leader you will have to keep a clean sheet and do the right thing so that you are not used as a bad reference tomorrow – a reference that will hinder those that supported you as well as those that admire your leadership style and quality and having similar ambition. Know that their hopes and aspirations rest on your success story.
(Chealy Brown Dennis is a much sought after motivational speaker and offers training in leadership and business development concept and planning, creative sales and marketing, strategic planning and team building. He can be contacted through email at: [email protected] or on phone at: 0886-264-611 or 0776545394)
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