Throughout history, I find that a common characteristic of successful businesses and organizations is the leadership skills and techniques of a person or persons. I believe leadership; today, has become less rigid in nature and in essence is becoming more flexible. This trend allows today’s leaders to apply a style of leadership that fits the person; and, or situation at that particular time. The more we learn about successful leaders it is clear that there are many differences in how they motivate people to complete missions and tasks under their guidance. Being almost fluid in nature, the style of leadership applied to complete a mission or task can have a definite impact on the outcome.
The main objective of a leader is to employ the correct leadership style that will allow him/her to influence and inspire others to willfully complete the mission to the best of their ability. This is why great military leader are successful in leading troops into battles that they may not survive. If our military leaders were to send troops into combat without great leadership, there would be more casualties and therefore, less people willing to voluntarily join our military. On a much safer scale, this also relates to business as well as life.
As business leader, parent, coach, etc… leadership is a trait that with all the right tools can encourage others to be successful in their jobs. It is the leader that must recognize each person and situation and then apply the best leadership style to motivate others to want to be successful.
Leadership means different things to different people. That is why, different styles of leadership appeal to different people. Some of the common traits of good leadership are consistent. People use words like, fair, honest, integrity and character just to name a few. You are not a leader based solely on your authority. However, you can become a good leader by knowing how and when to use that authority. You must practice your leadership skills at all times, during slow times as well as busy times, in peace and in crisis. The combination of that authority with your responsibility and knowledge will go a long way in leading people if employed correctly. You must have the attitude, energy and desire to want to be a good leader before you can ever be a good leader. A good leader strives to be a positive influence and in most cases leads by example through competence and character.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”
Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt
With leadership comes the responsibility of making the right decisions for the right reasons. Hence the saying, “you can’t please all the people all the time.” Or as General Colin Powell so eloquently put it, “Being responsible sometimes means pissing people off.” This is where being a true leader will assist you. Meaning, as a...