What is common between, Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, Dhirubhai Ambani, Barack Obama, Steve Jobs? They have been game changers of their times. They have inspired millions to follow them with their extraordinary qualities to achieve remarkable dimensions in their respective fields. They are LEADERS
Leadership means ‘the action of leading a group of people or an organization by an individual who uses his influence and interpersonal skills to stimulate and govern them towards a common aim’
A leader can lead a small group in an organization or the whole nation, both are leaders in their own right. The leader commands, modulates and gives direction to the working of the group. The leader by virtue of the skills he possesses succeeds in getting ready collaboration and allegiance of the supporters, be it fighting for freedom or running an entire nation efficiently or even innovating something revolutionary. Here are some of the characteristics
Visionary A leader can analyze the current trends and foresee the future market, how situations may unfold in the next few years. His plans are based on new technology and trends in the future
Accountability Taking responsibility and credibility of success and failure of every task undertaken. Staying committed to deadlines and owning up to mistakes. Responsibility to stakeholders, team members building trust that under your leadership you can bounce back from adversities.
Orientation An establishment comes into existence with a certain purpose. This needs direction, which needs effective leadership to administer the activities towards the attainment of the goals.
People and Communication skills Leader is the one with strong emotional intelligence. They build long-term relationships with respect and diplomacy for individual and overall output. The leader negotiates with suppliers, convinces clients, instills confidence, coaches subordinates, the Leader motivates the group to keep going and even walk the extra mile to achieve higher productivity. He even boosts the morale of the team members by appreciating their efforts and even rewarding them for it.
Initiative Looking beyond the assigned job, being far-sighted about the long-term goals and benefits of the organization. Brainstorming ideas and resolute to do the work that it takes. Also encouraging initiative is a key characteristic of a leader
Delegation One person cannot do everything so the leader can focus on the more important tasks and assign the other tasks to the others, thus giving them a feeling of empowerment. Micromanagement conveys lack of trust, the middle leadership does not take ownership, also diverts the leader’s attention from the most important business.
Creativity has always been at the heart of every team. “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” thus said, Steve Jobs. Exploring new experiences, learning new things and practising open-mindedness by asking questions continuously keeps the creativity bug going. Out of the box solutions to day to day, problems gives the leader an edge
Strategising for the Vision of the leader t0 eventuate, a long-term mindset, using research for making decisions and then contemplating on them. A leader plans for the long-term has a layout ready and starts taking practical steady steps towards the larger goal
Planning and Delivery Right attitude, the right decision making and detailed planning result in better delivery. Planning includes financial planning, strategic planning keeping the final result in mind and reviewing the information at a pre-decided frequency to ensure things are going in the right direction, raising a red flag at the right time in case circumstances become unbudgeable. Delivery happens with 100% quality and on time which results in increased revenue
These are the qualities needed for a leader, who people can idolize and follow promoting team-spirit and teamwork for the success of the endeavor. Commitment, passion, honesty, creativity, help a good leader to turn around a topsy-turvy situation to his advantage, leaving footprints on the sands of time for others to follow and take inspiration
18th March 2018