There’s more to leadership than having a high-ranking title and being in charge of a team. You might have the authority to tell people what to do, but if you’re an ineffective leader, you won’t be able to guide and motivate your staff to accomplish their goals.
Be creative. To be a good classroom leader, you have to find new ways to introduce boring old material to your students. If you don’t mix things up, your students will get bored and distracted and may even lose respect for you.
2. Self-awareness. You need to be clear on what your strengths are and what complementary strengths you need from others. This includes understanding and learning how best to utilize their strengths. Many unsophisticated leaders think everyone should be like them; that too can cause their downfall. They surround themselves with people like them. “Group think” can blindside them and cause failure.
Be firm, but be kind. Since you’re leading, you’re the one that needs to set the rules and boundaries. It’s up to you to establish some system, rhyme and reason to the situation. To do so, you must be firm in your convictions and keep to your stance. However, being dictatorial will instigate a revolution. Be logical and understanding when you assert your rule.
In response to the early criticisms of the trait approach, theorists began to research leadership as a set of behaviors, evaluating the behavior of successful leaders, determining a behavior taxonomy, and identifying broad leadership styles. David McClelland, for example, posited that leadership takes a strong personality with a well-developed positive ego. To lead, self-confidence and high self-esteem are useful, perhaps even essential.
Every facet of the organization needs to be planned for, from production to marketing to finance to logistics to human resources, to R&D, and a whole host more besides. The best planners understand that no plan survives contact with reality for long, so good plans have dynamic revision protocols built in.
The affective tone of the group. Group affective tone represents the consistent or homogeneous affective reactions within a group. Group affective tone is an aggregate of the moods of the individual members of the group and refers to mood at the group level of analysis. Groups with leaders in a positive mood have a more positive affective tone than do groups with leaders in a negative mood.
It is no coincidence that both lists begin with heart. Like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, a leader cannot achieve greatness without showing deep empathy with his or her people – a sentiment that fuels the fight against the injustices those people may face.
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From a start-up entrepreneur, to a CEO, engaging and deploying human resources effectively & efficiently, and establishing accountability, is essential. And proper delegation includes performance management. See here for the when how and why of delegation.
Yes. It is difficult to become a successful person, and it is difficult to stay successful. It takes a lot of devotion and hard work. Keep in mind that you may not always be successful. When that happens, try not to get discouraged; instead, learn from your mistakes, and keep going.