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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.

    According to experts, business leadership is defined as: “Situation of superiority in which a company, a product or an economic sector is located, within its scope.”

    According to Wikipedia: Leadership is the set of managerial or managerial skills that an individual has to influence the way of being of people or a specific group of people, making this teamwork with enthusiasm, in the achievement of goals and objectives.

  • “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.

    Five leadership skills that you must cultivate

    1. Develop your communicative skills

    A good leader should be not only able to convey his ideas but also practice active listening clearly. That means that you must show genuine interest in the ideas and opinions of the people that make up your team, not reject them in advance without having carefully evaluated them and never disqualifying them, even if they are not the ideal solution.

    It is also important that you pay attention to your body language as small signs, such as frowning or crossing the arms over the chest, indicate that you want to establish a barrier with your interlocutor. Responding quickly to the concerns of workers establishing different communication channels will help generate a sense of closeness so that everyone will feel freer to express their opinions and provide valuable ideas for the company.

  • “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.

    The seven characteristics of a positive business leadership style

    1. Ability to recruit and retain talent

    When the leadership of a company is negative, 80% of workers want to leave their job, but that figure drops to 4% when good corporate leadership is put into practice. Good leaders know that without a good team you can not go very far, so they strive to recruit talent for your company and ensure that these people feel motivated and satisfied with their work, leaving them enough freedom to that can innovate.

  • 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.

    Leaders must ensure that they at least meet the basic needs for followers. It is best to make money a non-issue buy paying a competitive salary. This avoids the follower thinking about their lower needs.

    A leader needs to provide a vision and goals so the followers feel their work gives them purpose. This helps to meet their higher needs.

    A leader should make themselves available to their followers and the followers should be notified about their availability. A leader should provide constructive feedback that is also provided quickly and is frequent.

    To empower and enable followers to grow and develop the leader should also act as a coach rather than a manager. Coaching should be supportive to meet the personal as well as professional needs of the follower.

  • Business Leadership

    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.

    Communication

    When you communicate effectively you avoid confusion and you build trust. If you listen, really listen, to what is being said the message gets across. Be honest, speak truthfully. Provide feedback if needed and keep the communication path open. Be available.

    Delegate

    Know who can do what. Know who likes doing certain tasks. Empower employees to lean and grow. Allow them to go beyond their roles. Do not micromanage. Be a cheerleader for your employees.

  • 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.

    Soft Power on the other hand is the use of persuasion and logical argument to attract followers to your ideas and goals. Types of soft power include legitimate, referent, expert and informational. Legitimate power is given to those leaders based on their position or title CEO or police officer for example. Referent Power is derived by the likeability of a leader. Follower’s lookup to the leader and either unconscious/consciously begin to imitate the leader. Expert Power is from unique and valuable skills and expertise. Informational Power when someone has specific knowledge that is valuable to others. I think this should be separate from expert power.

  • 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.

    Leaders allow followers to take risks and get their hands dirty, which helps them to carve out a place in for themselves in the organization. Leaders through open communication and providing constructive feedback ensure that followers are in positions that are appropriate to their skill set as well as their personal goals. Leaders can seek lasting change for the organization over the long term.

    Advantages of empowerment for the individual follower is they can grow and develop ion the career and their personal life. They have a strong sense of self. Advantages for the organization is that they can develop and retain effective employees.

    Google is a great example of a company that empowers its employees. The design of various spaces in their main facility encourages employees to socialize. They allow their employees to spend twenty percent of their time own projects that interest them. Top leaders are also available every week to answer questions from all employees.

  • 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.

    A leader has vision to see what opportunities either exist or may be revealed in the future. Leaders are the entrepreneurs who create the business venture, spot competitors weakness and discover new market niches. Both leaders and managers are needed in a well-run company.

  • 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.