Become an Effective Leader of an Organization
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With determination, anyone can gain the skills they need to become a leader. Leaders of Organizations know the overall message of the organization and also all the little details that support the portrayal of the organization message. Effective leadership is the foundation for the outcome of every organization. Inspiring team members and fostering team member ideas are two vital qualities that a leader needs to possess. Leadership skills take the time necessary to learn and develop. No one is actually born a leader but instead, through their character and drive, they develop into leaders.
Qualities of an Effective Leader
- 1Integrity. Integrity is important to any person, but the expectations towards this become higher for leaders. They are expected to set a good example to people, mainly because they are also responsible for them. What becomes of the group of people they lead is a reflection of how they were LED in the first place. Integrity should serve as the foundation principle and all other decisions made by a leader should be rooted to this.Advertisement
- 2Delegation. This is not just a simple task of passing on to another person the tasks that need to be done. An effective leader should know how to do this strategically, in a way that it is aligned to the mission, vision, and values of the team he leads.Advertisement
- 3Effective communication. Communication is one thing, but effective communication is a totally different matter. A person may be able to communicate, but not necessarily get the message across. A leader must be able to break down information in a way that it is easily understood and translated into action by his audience.
- 4Grace under pressure. An effective leader does not falter no matter how difficult a situation is. He is able to think straight despite the complexities and remains to be able to balance both logic and emotions based on what is needed by circumstances.
- 5Confidence. An effective leader may not always know 100% what needs to be done, but he is confident that with proper collaboration within the team, they will be able to achieve their goals. He does not show uncertainty and never becomes negative in the midst of challenges.
- 6Deep level of commitment. An effective leader, the moment he decided to sign up for this, has committed to the goal, no matter what. He will remain committed no matter how complex the process might be.
- 7Optimism. This is an unwavering attitude that believes anything is possible, only if a team works together. An effective leader is able to motivate his team towards success and keeps the fighting spirit alive all the time. He is willing to do anything to be able to achieve this.
- 8Creativity. An effective leader never runs out of ideas to make a team run. This does not mean, however, that he knows everything. At times, creativity lies on the fact that he is able to maximize the available talents in his team.
- 9Good Instincts and Intuition. Any team activity starts from zero. An effective leader will be the one to plot out exactly what needs to be done based on the goals. However, there are times when there are uncertainties along the way. An effective leader can trust his instincts because he is sensitive enough to what a situation actually needs.
- 1Recognize your Strengths and Weaknesses. Understanding the situation you put yourself into and actually letting yourself learn how to be an effective leader are important. Consequently, you need to know yourself well enough so that you can be able to focus most of your time on strengths, some on new things that would let you push the boundaries and just little on the areas of weakness. Putting much concentration in your strong points and being willing to grow are more necessary than dealing with your flaws. Weak points are universal. In one way or another, you'll have to deal with them but being able to really recognize where you do not do well and just honing your skills up would eventually lead to losing all those drawbacks. Once you have distinguished your strengths and weaknesses, finally being your true self would let your members know that you are a genuine being who is at ease with the management role. Trust can be built from being reliable and this would occur if you let them know what they can expect from you, resulting to the point that they can count on you all the time.Advertisement
- 2Try to Continuously Grow. Do not be afraid to take risks and always keep the hunger for growth. You have to seek out and learn from the past effective leaders' achievements and mistakes. Try to be open to new approaches, attitudes and ideas from your team and your rivals alike. The future accomplishments and your team's confidence would be in danger if you let yourself get left behind. This process would be very difficult so don't forget to relax and stop making things hard on yourself and others. If you think your urge to develop is going too far, just ask yourself, "Is what we do still required and essential?"
- 3Establish your Vision and be Committed to it. You ought to decide how you want to accomplish your goals. Let your people give their input for the overall mission and shape it in a way that everyone would want to work toward. If you are able to communicate well with your group about the vision and let them participate, then they would tend to be more involved and motivated to get to the desired outcome. Moreover, do not show them that you are losing hope unless you really have a futile cause. Try to be committed and give out your best every single time so that everyone would follow your lead.
- 4Relationships Matter so Know your People. As a leader, you should know what interests your people. Getting to know every individual in the team would not only help you be aware of how to inspire them but you would also be able to open the line of communication. You should consistently remind yourself that you are in charge of your team thus; creating companionship would make you an effective leader in so many ways. You are also responsible for making energetic and rewarding conditions for everyone so take it a challenge to be more motivating for them. Finally, stay available for support and guidance and treat everyone how you would want someone to treat you.
- 5Assess Performances. The activities you do will not always take the same time frame so you have to always check out the work that you and your team has accomplished. Be sure to evaluate how everyone's doing and always make it a point to treat them fairly time after time. Ask them to make an assessment about you leadership skills too so that you will know where you'll have to improve. This will also be the part where you have to recognize what they did and address what seemed to be the problem during the process of working towards a common goal.
- 6Appreciate everyone's Job. Stay firm in your decisions and be particular with what everyone had done. Offer praise to each individual who stood out during a task but do not forget to tell the others that they will have their chance on the next activities. Words of encouragement from someone people look up to are truly enough to push them to continue especially if they have been thinking about quitting. A leader must always have the urge to resurrect a member who is in the verge of being fired or giving up. Appreciating everyone's work would also let you make them think that they are not brushed aside plus you make them feel that they really are integral components of the team's success.
- 7Always Replicate and Reinvent. The process of redoing the things that worked out well for your group and not forcing the things that don't may in fact help you meet all of your goals. Use the "What Works" notion and make your people understand why you always choose to focus on where you are good at. Furthermore, re-establish the manner by which leadership is carried out. Look for new systems, figure out what works and never be afraid to be out of ordinary. Effective leaders are often the ones who restore and redesign what may have been perceived as certain. Constantly reinvent out of seeking, longing and hunger.
- 8If you are enthusiastic enough to undertake the challenge, leadership chances are just all around the corner waiting for you to finally step up. Every opportunity is a possible learning event for becoming an effective leader people would want to follow.
What level or point can you become an effective leader
There are certain qualities that leaders must aspire to in order to be true movers. One of these qualities is the ability to prioritize. As Stephen Covey once said, "Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out..." If you want to be an effective leader, you must be willing to accept the fact that laying out priorities is a priority. This is an often unpleasant, sometimes painful task. But, the leader who is able to do it has taken a step in the right direction.
A great part of effective leadership is contingent on a person's emotional maturity, and this maturity is manifested in many ways. One indicator that you have this maturity is when you are able to keep your wits about you, control your anger and desist from aggression when things are going badly. Another sign that you are capable of effective leadership is when you can take failure as a learning experience, and turn it into an opportunity for a new and productive effort.
Finally, you can only become an effective leader when you metamorphose into someone who can look beyond personal ambition, or institutional welfare, to sincerely care for the welfare and career paths of people who are under you. The effective leader is one who knows where people can bloom, and placing them where they can do so yields a synergy and productivity that are often unexplainable. Good leadership means seeing people as people, understanding their capabilities and needs. Without this quality, workplaces often undergo frequent staff turnover, which will result in new people constantly having to go through a learning curve. This is bad for an institution, as it indicates low job satisfaction. The bottom line: You become an effective leader when you truly care about the people you lead.
In many ways, leaders have to undergo growing pains to shed burdens that prevent them from becoming the catalysts they are supposed to be. But when they are able to achieve the emotional maturity that is never acquired easily, all the training, all the plans, and all the books and theories will finally make sense.
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