Which constituents function leadership? If you ask ten people, you will likely receive a variety of answers. In my leadership training programs, we will have a lot of time to define what leadership leads to individuals in the meeting.
Simply the fact is that you can define it in many ways, it will be almost a unique choice of what each calls a great leader. It is understandable because different people respond to different things.
We begin by establishing the characteristics of successful leadership. We ask each participant to think if a person they consider to be a great leader. We then ask you to list the main features of the person who makes them leading. We always get many of the same answers:
And much more.
We then discuss each of these habits and decide whether the choice of leaders was acquired or acquired. The answer to all but potentially native spying is that they know the abilities. It is assumed that leaders are not born.
But many people are clever and not good leaders, or honest and not considered leaders, what does one person do with these leadership qualities and others not?
If I look back on my career, I can honestly say I met hundreds if not thousands of executives, but a handful of people I would consider leaders. If I were trying to define the difference from my experience, I would have to say that leadership is certainly defined by getting positive results but it's too narrow. I have known many executives and executives who received positive results but were hated by their employees. I think it's going to go beyond that.
I am a great leader to get the most out of all the resources he or she has, human resources and capital, by developing a focused commitment of all stakeholders to achieve a vision.
Simply put that means to get the most out of everything with commitment, communication and procurement.
Ask yourself the question how many managers or managers have you known or worked in your career that fit this format?
If you're like I'm down to a few.
The bigger question is why can not you name more than a few? If almost all leadership skills are learned and well known to most of us, why are not more great leaders?
I can think of a few ways to answer this question based on my own experience.
One is self. People get to power and I take over. They no longer listen to advice, facts, statistics or much of anything. They are senior leaders, no-one can tell them anything.
Another is fear. If I commit to the future, it may not work so I can afford the company's policy to be decided for me.
Yet another is a commitment to the results. Many executives confuse being busy to be productive. They over organize themselves in meetings and micromanage every task. They are "too busy" to do what they feel comfortable doing to do what needs to be done.
All patterns above lead to poor results. The poor results are too often the only thing they involve, which lead to moral problems, turnover, poor customer satisfaction, and poorer performance.
My management career covers thirty five years and I learned a lot of good and bad from many. One gentleman told me something early in my work that has always stuck. " If you want to be a great leader, let everyone else acknowledge good things and take pride in all the bad things that happen."
I do not know if it's so simple but it's a good start.