Who is a leader? According to Peter Kaustenbaum, a leader is a person who has decided to lead and is truly effective in achieving worthy results in any field. No matter what the obstacles, with failing regard for human beings and with unimpeachable character and integrity, if there’s a leader of course there is leadership. Leadership is a role one chooses to play; it is not a rank or title. In order to have good leadership a leader must:
Exercise his/her free will – challenged by obstacles
Use his/her heart, mind and will – combine result and service
Leadership has also 5 stages:
People follow because of your position.
You enforce compliance because of your role as boss.
People follow because of your relationship.
It is fun to work with someone you like
People follow because of the results you bring to the organization.
They like you and what you are doing together.
- Leader Development
People follow because of what you have done for them.
The organization grows as you empower and build leaders.
People follow because of who you are and who you represent.
Your reputation and credibility is enough.
Leaders are not just concerned about helping the group achieve its goals; they also care about helping each member of the group reach his or her full potential.
Consider some of the following tips on how to become a better leader.
- Don’t try to act too dominant.
If you start acting bossy and telling people what to do, they are going to be upset. Try telling them in a friendly way but also in a way that shows you are in charge.
- If someone makes a mistake, do not get angry.
Your team mates are humans and everyone makes mistakes. Just try to help them and be kind. Your job is to try to prevent errors, demonstrate the proper course of action, and make up for errors when they occur.
- Serve as a role model.
They walk the walk and talk the talk. As a result, group members admire these leaders and work to emulate these behaviors. If you want to become a better leader, work on modeling the qualities that you would like to see in your team members.
- Listen and Communicate Effectively
Another important characteristic of transformational leadership involves a focus on providing one-on-one communication with group members. Good leaders should express sincere care and concern for the members of their group both verbally and non-verbally. By keeping the lines of communication open, these leaders can ensure that group members feel able to make contributions and receive recognition for their achievements.
Leadership or being a leader is not just carrying a responsibility. It is also a way on how to gain respect, from others. Being a leader is quite a hard job. We can’t blame a leader if he/she has done even a little mistake. The Key Principles of being a great leader will help us to become a good, responsible leader.