A Good Leader is a Good Follower

To differentiate leader from follower is difficult; they have several similarities as well as also have some differences. In leadership, one should have to take risk and lead the team; have ability to see opportunity that other cannot see. Both should be able to learn from someone or something. Leaders must be independent and isolated and should not rely on anyone but himself and have to be entrepreneurial and make workplace culture better by working with generous purpose. Good leadership is needed to solve problems and to navigate unexpected circumstances Followers only need to be competent during the battle and must be able to carry out orders by their leader, with their own ability while at other times; they have no need to be that competent. They could ask for help from their friends but in contrast, Leader cannot ask for help from his followers or else his followers would consider him incompetent. Being a follower is easier than being a leader because leader has to be isolated and should have ability to solve his own problems.

Leadership can be as successful or effective or both.

  1. Successful leadership but not effective – In this pattern, leader’s style may not compatible; but follower does the job because of leader’s power and position. They obey the command and follow his idea.
  2. Effective leadership – the followers may do the job willingly to cooperate because the leader’s request satisfies the follower’s needs or goal.
  3. Successful leadership – it emphasizes upon position, power and close supervision.
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Guidelines for Being a Good Leader

The leader leads his people towards the goal. He is the person who can get his people to follow him. He is the one who is looked up to, whose judgment is trusted, and who inspires the people working with him and for him. Good leader should be motivating, inspiring and able to manage people. Leader should be charismatic and being visionary and have ability to acting decisively. There is very complex opinion about leadership either can take it as based on personality and physical traits or based on prescribed behaviors. Leadership can define in terms of power relationship between leaders and followers. As good leaders, they must try to get employees to concentrate around common goal and should have creative vision and strategic plan for an organization.

Decisiveness is very important characteristic because every leader has to be taking some difficult decision in job. They have to take decision that shows firmness and leads the team towards the desired goal. Great leader never take step back during the hard situation. They react according to the time and situation. Leader has to be aware about the surroundings, their people’s working style and nature, about their boss, about the company’s desired goal and strategy. So, leader can be preplanned what to do in future and in such type of situation. By understanding the problem and situation, leaders have to take wise decisions that lead team towards the goal.

Attitude of leader is also an important factor in team work because it determines the action and affects the people’s working style.… Read the rest

Leadership Characteristics – What Makes an Effective Leader

There are some specific characteristics that are found inside people who are born that seem like a developed skills and abilities which open themselves in a wise position where they look like a good leader. There are some characteristics that are found in a good leadership skill and these qualities can be a natural part of their personality and daily activities.

First, confidence that must appear from a person like trustness and believing in their own abilities. And also can be said that someone empowers their working for them to make their own decisions. For example, make a decisions following on their own idea like creating something new and with some experience like a student doing their best in their final exam with a lot hopes and also the confidence comes from the parents and teacher who guides and approaches them at all the times.

Second, a good character  plays in an important and vital role in determining the effectiveness of their leadership. Trustworthiness and honesty are the two main important aspects of a leader’s character otherwise there is a slight flaw in leader’s character and it will be lead or caused to the follower, don’t trust he leader. For example, a true leader must always be true and loyal with themselves to what to be done what they have been promise to do and must follow what they have said so that it can be shown as a good example for others in their activities and in future attitude.

Third, a great effective communication is an important and vital leadership of a good leader that should be able to put across what that have to make satisfied the circumstance and how .… Read the rest

Leadership Scorecard

Role of Leadership in Organizations

Leadership has been described as the process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. A definition more inclusive of followers comes from Alan Keith of Genentech who said “Leadership is ultimately about creating a way for people to contribute to making something extraordinary happen.”

In an organization where there is faith in the abilities of formal leaders, employees  will look towards the leaders for a number of things. During drastic change times, employees will expect effective and sensible planning, confident and effective decision-making, and regular, complete communication that is timely. Also during  these times of change, employees will perceive leadership as supportive, concerned  and committed to their welfare, while at the same time recognizing that tough decisions need to be made. The best way to summarize is that there is a climate of trust between leader and the rest of the team. The existence of this trust brings hope for better times in the future, and that makes coping with drastic change much easier.

In organizations characterized by poor leadership, employees expect nothing positive. In a climate of distrust, employees learn that leaders will act in indecipherable ways and in ways that do not seem to be in anyone’s best interests. Poor leadership means an absence of hope, which, if allowed to go on for too long, results in an organization becoming completely nonfunctioning. The organization must deal with the practical impact of unpleasant change, but more importantly, must labor under the weight of employees who have given up, have no faith in the system or in the ability of leaders to turn the organization around.… Read the rest

The Role of Leadership in Organizations

Leadership is a process in which a leader attempts to influence his or her followers to establish and accomplish a goal or goals. In order to accomplish the goal, the leader exercises his or her power to influence people. That power is exercised in earlier stages by motivating followers to get the job done and in later stages by rewarding or punishing those who do or do not perform to the level of expectation. Leadership is a continuous process, with the accomplishment of one goal becoming the beginning of a new goal. The proper reward by the leader is of utmost importance in order to continually motivate followers in the process.

There are basically three models on Leadership: Trait, Attitude and Situational. In the trait theory certain inherent characteristics of the individuals were given importance. Other who did not possess such characteristics was considered as ineffective. This theory was questioned as it did not against the development of leadership through training. In the Attitudinal approach, the leadership was considered as the behavior of the individuals when involved in accomplishment of tasks with the group members. The Situational approach focused on the observed behavior and not the inborn qualities of leadership. In this approach, the behavior of leaders, and their group members and situation is considered important.

Leadership in Organizations

What is that differentiates successful organizations from the rest in this competitive world? It is effective and dynamic leadership. However, there is often a shortage of effective leaders. The organisations continue to look for suitable and effective leaders.… Read the rest

Leadership and Followership

All-important social accomplishment requires complex group effort and, therefore, leadership and followership. Leader-follower relationship is two way, leader as well as followers have great capacity to influence the relationship. Just as a leader is accountable for the actions and performance of followers, so followers are accountable for their leaders. Followers support leaders when necessary and help them correct their actions, just as leaders must support followers and help them to correct their actions. This is partnership and both sides must be proactive. Organizations are successful or not partly on the basis of how well their leaders lead, but also in great part on the basis of how well their followers follow. Courageous followers help leaders stay on track and manage their decision-making processes in the right direction. Responsible and effective followers have a critical role in maintaining the desired partnering dynamics. In his book The Courageous Follower, Ira Chaleff points out that the old paradigm of the leader/follower is based on power. The leader has traditionally had the power to reward and promote, this has led to a relationship in which the follower avoids jeopardizing their chances of obtaining these rewards. Hence, the follower tends to do what the leader wants and, just as important, not offend or create a negative impression of them. A relationship based on this kind of power does not serve the organization, it shuts down the open flow of communication and candor a leader needs to order to optimize their effectiveness. Chaleff sees a very different kind of relationship between leader and follower.… Read the rest