Strengthening Leadership Behavior
Many organizations do not embrace lead by example leadership. Leaders that deliver the organization’s mission and vision statement clearly will provide direction for the organization to be successful. Details of an experience where I encountered negative leadership behavior. Studies were conducted to reveal what the biggest mistakes leaders make when working with others. Supporting recommendations to improve the quality of leadership by strengthening leadership behavior.
An effective leader is one that does not command excellence but builds excellence by being all they can be within the bounds of doing what is right for the organization. Clark (2014) stated to reach excellence you must first be a leader of good character. Leaders are not born leaders are made and character develops over time with continuous leadership education.
When it comes to good leaders, one of the behaviours that usually ends up near the top of the list is that the manager leads by example and acts as a role model for employees. Employees are incredibly quick to model the behaviour of figures of authority. When this behaviour is positive, then it ripples through the organization and leads to strong performance and a strong culture. On the other hand, when this behaviour is negative, then the ripple effect can be incredibly damaging. Employees take the cues from those in charge about what is acceptable, even if this contradicts the company values or overrides their moral principles. This is one of the reasons why you can't change the culture of an organization by hiring young people with a fresh perspective. They end up following the example of their managers, rather than infusing the organization with a different way of thinking. The only way to change the culture of an organization is to ensure that the managers at the top are modelling the behaviours they expect to see in the broader employee base. (Symanowitz, G., 2013, para. 13).
Symanowitz makes very good analysis of leadership styles which one style doesn’t fits all organizations in today’s workforce. Effective leaders must have a good understanding of the organization’s mission and vision statements to establish trust with their followers and provide direction. “One of the ways to build trust is to display a good sense of character composed of beliefs, values, skills, and traits (U.S. Army Handbook, 1973)” (Clark, 2014, p. 3).
I was a new employee and my first project was a very important one. My leader had not been following this project but had requesting verbal status to brief their leadership on the current status. I prepared my notes and set up a conference call with them and my manager to provide the history of the project to current status. Upon conference call time, I went into my manager’s office and my manager dialed into the conference line. My manager introduce us and stated we were on a speaker phone in the...