What Makes You an Effective Leader?
A leader can make or break an organization. Also, there’s a big difference between being a leader and being an effective leader. So how does one cultivate good leadership? And how does one develop leadership skills in the first place? Read on to find all these questions and more.
Why Should a Business Have an Effective Leader?
Where would Apple be today if it wasn’t for Steve Jobs? Or the Huffington Post if it wasn’t for Ariana Huffington? There’s a long list of companies that are almost synonymous with their leaders. There are plenty of benefits of having an effective leader at the helm of a business:
- A good leader can implement visions and values.
- They can boost morale within the organization.
- They ensure effective communication takes place.
- An effective leader can motivate team members.
- A good leader can equip their team with the proper tools and resources to get the job done.
Is Your Business Lacking in Effective Leadership?
There are a few sure-fire signs that your organization is lacking some leadership. These include the following:
- Poor performance from your team.
- There is an inability to make decisions and take the appropriate actions.
- There seems to be a lot of conflict within the company.
- Change takes a long time within the organization.
- Blame shifting seems to be the name of the game whenever any accountability is required.
What the Studies Say
In a recent study to discover what lies behind effective leadership, the focus was placed on 195 leaders of more than 30 international brands in 15 countries. They were all given a list of 74 characteristics and asked to pick the 15 they believe were most important for good leadership. From the answers received, it was clear that 5 themes emerged. 5 characteristics that make someone an effective leader. These are:
Effective leadership doesn’t just consist of being born with good leadership skills (even though it’s a pretty good start). It is an entire culture that needs to be cultivated and maintained to enable others to also develop their own leadership skills in their various departments. Empowerment and accountability is the name of the game when it comes to an organization and its team.
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