Effective Leadership

Leadership is a philosophy. It’s a mind set. It’s a perspective.

Leaders are at the forefront of driving a business forward. It is having a vision, but more importantly it is building a team and being able to lead that team with passion and conviction toward a common goal.

Effective Leadership 

1. Vision 

A good leader will need to concrete the overall direction of the business. To be an effective leader, the ability to envision the success and obstacles of a business into the future will help establish a firm direction. Every action, every decision, every task, every meeting, every recruit which follows will have to be inline with the vision in order for it to be achieved.

2. Communication

As a leader it is your job to communicate the vision effectively to your managers and your staff. If the vision is not understood, how can it ever be achieved?

Equally important is your ability to listen to and understand your staff concerns, difficulties and communications. Effective 2 way communication is integral part of building any relationship and gaining respect.

Communicating the vision, is more than simply writing it down in a mission statement or relaying it in a meeting. It is important that it is communicated in a way that allows staff to appreciate the vision, understand the vision and ignites need in each staff member to align their actions to meet this vision.

3. Inspire

Personal conviction and believing strongly in a cause or aim is important in to be successful at most things in life and equally so, in Leadership.

Passion drives a lot, and you can inspire so much in others through your own enthusiasm. Good leadership  requires attitudes and behaviours which characterise and relate to humanity. It demands emotional strengths and behavioural characteristics which can draw deeply on a leader’s mental and spiritual abilities.

4. Lead By Example

To have people follow you with conviction, you need to act with conviction. Being a leader is less about skills or qualifications and more about behaviour. To be convincing in your role, you need to be able get involved and show your staff that you are able and willing to follow your own beliefs, instructions – you need to lead by example. If people fail to believe you, they will be unlikely to follow.

5. Ethics

Ethics and values are relevant to leadership two ways. Firstly, values, such as integrity, honesty and truthfulness apply as a general guide for behaviour. Secondly, and more importantly, values should serve as an internal compass for the basis of rational thinking and decision-making.

Being a strong ethical compass to your staff, requires you to align your personal and business ethics.

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Blue Pear Ltd
05.02.2014