“A Leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way”
Everyone wants to achieve their goal, but when we look into the organizations we can see that only some people can achieve their goal and some others are not able to do. What is the reason for that? Yes, we can see that a good working environment and great leadership helps an individual to achieve their goal.
What is Leadership?
Leadership is a psychological process of influencing followers or subordinates and providing guidance to them. Leadership is the ability to get desirable action, voluntarily and without force, from the followers. The success of a leader depends upon his qualities and characteristics. These characteristics are natural in some cases but there are many cases where these have been developed by constant efforts. Thus it can be said that leaders are both born and self-made.
Leadership plays an important role in business, military, politics, sports, training etc. A leader plays an important role in the functioning and performance of every organization. For the manager, leadership is the focus of activity through which the goals and objectives of the organization are accomplished. Good and great leaders lead an organization to success, and bad leaders can be instrumental for the down slide or closure of companies.
Qualities of an Effective Leader
How to become an effective leader in an organization
Leaders are found everywhere. A child believes that their parents are their leaders, many students consider their teacher as their leader. Now we can see how to become an effective leader in an organization. The following characteristics make a person become an effective leader in an organization.
One of the most important elements of effective leadership is creating an open line of communication with your team members. It helps to ensure teamwork. It is essential to install a feeling of belonging to the organization. Absence of such communication would create a feeling of separation in the employees causing morale and motivation to reduce and would also cause resistance to the work.
Effective leaders always prepare exciting ideas, they are forward-looking, and have excellent strategic planning skills. Leaders have to perform the required day-to-day tasks by keeping an eye on the vision of the organization.
An effective leader always motivates his/her subordinates. He can only motivate them by being an example not by issuing commands and influencing people to get the best out of them.
Empowers others to Self-organize
The most important leadership competency is providing clear direction while allowing employees to organize their own time and work. A leader can’t do all the work in the organization. He delegates the authority and power among his subordinates that will make the employees more productive and proactive, provide better customer service, and show higher levels of job satisfaction and commitment to their team and organization.
It is the ability of a leader to recognize, understand and manage their own emotions and influence the emotions of others. Emotional Intelligence helps the leader to reduce stress and communicate well. The major advantages of emotional Intelligence are self-awareness, maturity, social skill and rapport.
In order to achieve the organizational objective, a good leader requires certain interpersonal skills like good listening, open communication, honesty, conflict resolution, delegation etc.
Share the Glory
No one wants to follow a selfish leader. A good leader is ready to accept that success and achievements are the joint efforts of members in an organization. So he is ready to share the glory of success with his team members. This makes him admirable to the team members.
Tips to be a better leader
- Be persuasive
- Praise the subordinates in public and correct in private
- Have a clear achievable and challenging goal
- Be knowledgeable
- Willingness to take responsibility for your mistakes