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Leadership

  • Business leadership is a capacity that we all have, but we do not always take advantage of it. Becoming a good leader is one of the keys for you to achieve efficient and integrative teamwork. We tell you below the 10 basic characteristics that you must take into account.

    When we talk about a leader, we are not simply referring to a boss. A group of workers accepts a person as their leader when they understand that their recommendations are the most convenient for the majority. To do this, you must know how to communicate with your team, motivate them to achieve better results and create a climate where everyone shares the same ideas and objectives. Only then can you go from being just a boss to being a leader. That’s what business leadership consists of.

  • “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then you are a leader,” said John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States. There are those who think that leadership skills are innate, that one is born as a leader, but the truth is that we can all become people capable of motivating and leading work teams.

  • “The direction is to organize and send. The leadership is to nurture and improve,” wrote Tom Peters, a specialist in business management practices. Good leaders inspire their team and encourage them to give their best at work, so their influence ends up having a direct impact on productivity. A study in which 50,000 managers were analyzed showed that a negative leadership style generates losses for the company, but the extraordinary leaders are able to double the profits.

  • If we consult Maslow’s hierarchy of needs all individuals want to reach the top of the pyramid and achieve self-actualization. As a leader we can help ourselves and our followers at the same time by helping them to grow personally and professionally.

    The needs of a follower depend both on the work that the followers do and the personality of the follower. If the work involves repetitive manual tasks then the follower would be motivated for higher salary. If however the work involves higher thinking and creativity the motivation of the follower would be for higher needs.

  • Owning your own business makes you the boss by default but a leader is more than that. Leadership is about earning the trust and respect of employees through by supporting them. It is about what you can do for them and acting in a way that inspires them to perform.

    Good leaders tend to have similar qualities.

    Adaptability

    Change happens. What worked before may not work today. Just because it is the way we have always done things does not mean it is right. Look for new opportunities to become better.

    Appreciation

    Providing positive feedback regularly boosts your employee’s self-esteem. It shows you are paying attention and you care. This works for customers also. Show them that you value their business.

  • An example of Hard Power is the carrot and stick philosophy also known as Reward and Coercive power. Reward Power is when the leader has power to give or take away rewards. Coercive Power is when the leader has power to punish. I believe that a Theory X leader would be much more likely to use hard power as it is aligned with their belief that people do not like work and need to be motivated. I see this working only followers who respond well to rewards. It can also lead to followers who do not think for themselves and do not develop.

  • The servant leader’s first priority is to serve the organization. They put the needs of the organization and their followers before their own. They assist their followers to grow both personally and professionally.

    Leaders encourage trust between themselves and their followers. Unlike traditional management style which uses different types of power the servant leader shares power through collaboration.

    Leaders must have good vision of where the business is going. They provide goals for people to focus and this gives them a sense of purpose.

    Servant leadership style is my favorite leadership style. I like how it treats the follower in a homeopathic way by treating the whole person.

  • Empowerment falls under transformational leadership. Empowerment is different from traditional management. Instead we are trying to develop people in to high level critical independent thinkers. Followers that are able to think outside of the box. They are capable of great innovation and creativity. Followers that have a sense of purpose and are aligned with the goals and values of the organization. We are trying to create new leaders.

  • Leadership is simply someone who has one or more individuals who follow them.

    I think what makes a great leader is that the individuals freely choose to follow the leader while the leader conducts with grace, has the necessary wisdom and is able to create an environment that motivates and encourages teamwork.

    The differences between a leader and a manager are control and vision. A manager controls through human, physical and financial resources. Managers need to determine what takes priority and then focus their resources on that task or project. Their goal is to keep the “machine” running. We can hope this means as efficiently and safely as possible.

  • Path-goal theory focuses on the how the leader can motivate followers. In Path-Goal, the leader adapts their leadership style to the situation. Followers are motivated if they feel they are capable of completing their tasks and if the followers feel the outcome of their works are advantages to them. Path-goal includes contingency theory, as there are three contingences, which are leader style, followers and situation, and the rewards necessary to meet the needs of the followers.

    Situational leadership suggests that there is rarely a time where one leadership style will work in all situations. People are unique and require different styles of leadership. It depends on the followers to which style of leader can choose.