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What is a Leader?

2 March 2012


One of the biggest mistakes many business leaders make is expecting other people to do things in the same way as they do. 

They are driven by ego and forget the purpose of being a leader is to motivate and inspire a group of individuals with their own unique resources to all work together to achieve an end result. 

A great team is a highly creative, flexible and dynamic force made up of individual personalities who achieve the set result in the quickest and most efficient way possible. 

When a team is badly led and the individual strengths and styles of the people in that team not recognised and valued, people can quickly become highly stressed, de-motivated and un-resourceful.  This can lead to increased absenteeism, time wasting and increased costs.

Being a great leader is not rocket science, as all most people want is to be:

·      Recognised and valued for the work they do.

·      Have clearly communicated sets of tasks.

·      Know their scope of authority.

·      Have a timescale of when this has to be done by.

·      Given space to get on with things.

·      Know to whom they can go to if they need help.

·      Adding in a bit of fun and flexibility of working times also helps! 

Of course there are occasions when a leader has to show strength and demonstrate who is leading a team.  This can mean some hard decisions and difficult conversations.  However a good leader is always fair and has the flexibility of behaviour to motivate in many different ways to the individuals in their team.

Good leaders understand the difference between having the confidence to lead and ego.  It is not about them, they are able to see things from the point of view of others.  They know that they cannot achieve things on their own and earn the respect and trust of their team by going there first.

 A great leader will always know that, what they are asking others to is within that person’s ability.  They will look to develop and challenge the people who want to grow, and will respect and value those who want to stay where they are.

Many people just want to get on with the job and have no desire to be promoted and take charge; they want others to have the responsibility.  Good leaders know where they stand with these people and acknowledge this.

Leadership is also about taking people from the present into the future.  Leaders require vision and the ability to see clearly where they are going.  They also have to know who to go to for the detail.  They will hire people that can do the things they are weakest in as there is no point in having a team full of people that are all good at the same thing.

Finally every leader has to have followers, if there are no followers there is no leader.

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