You can find leadership in every sort of work and play, and in every sort of project, regardless of scale, and regardless of financial or official authority.
There are many different aspects of leadership. The following are some perspectives:
In my opinion – motivating others to achieve an aim is a large part of leadership. But why should people follow your direction? I believe that people are inspired by leaders that demonstrate value based leadership behaviors. These leaders follow principles and lead by example.
I think leaders need to “be out there” for their employees. They should continually demonstrate to them why and how they earned the position they now hold. They need to communicate with them using any of a variety of methods that show them they are worthy of being followed. I believe that if that process is inspiring and positive you can almost guarantee that your results will be consistent with your efforts.
Building a sense of trust and credibility is also key for leaders of today operating in a transparent world. They need to build the team around them, to listen with humility, act with courage and earn their rewards through building trust. Trust is achieved through the sincere demonstration of values and principles in daily conduct and by treating people with dignity and respect.
Values-based leaders are not defined by a position. Rather, they cultivate change, and are guided by healthy values and wise actions. They transform traditional organizations because they don’t surrender their values. Instead, they practice them.
Leadership is ‘Development of a clear and complete system of expectations in order to identify, evoke and use the strengths of all resources in the organization – the most important of which is people’ (Batten, 1991)
They focus primarily on healthy, timeless human values as ends in themselves.
They help others to lead themselves so that they can make key decisions. They encourage individual and group intelligence by giving the power to provide input and feedback on organizational decisions.
They demonstrate values and harness differences and diversity for innovation, creativity and a common vision. They are an agent of change and are leaders who help to bring about almost a revolution to fulfill values while leading their organization.
Leaders, by choice, have the ability to cultivate potential in others. The work begins with the leader who lives, works and leads in alignment with their core values, principles and beliefs to in turn ignite the potential in those around them.
There are many aspects to modern leadership. Future leaders need to be encouraged to be responsible and create an efficient, dynamic, and humane environment, while achieving ambitious goals with regards to both individual and organizational success, global co-operations, human values, human resource issues such as motivation, implementation of changes, personal ambitions, etc.
In my opinion, today’s leaders need to be able to gain trust and inspire employees to ultimately reassure and advance change in the unpredictable business environment of today. Today’s leaders must first have the natural desire to be a servant first, to serve others, which will then lead to their conscious effort to develop themselves into an effective leadership position (Hein, 2003). Being able to establish and achieve a sustainable strategic vision for their organization or community is the central role of a servant leader (Banutu-Gomez, 2004), rather than establishing and achieving their personally beneficial goals (Dubrin, Dalglish & Miller, 2006).
Dubrin et al suggest that the following leadership roles are adopted for success:
– Place service before self interest
– Listen first to express confidence in others
– Inspire trust by being trustworthy
– Focus on what is feasible to accomplish
– Lend a hand
– Provide tools
These are age-old principles that need to be fostered and grown in organizations today.