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  • #42214

    Des Squire
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    The essence of leadership is vision – a vision articulated clearly and forcefully on every occasion. Leaders must take responsibility for areas they cannot delegate.

    These however are not the only attributes of a good leader. Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Good leaders develop through a never-ending process of self-study, education, training, and experience.

    Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective. The leader directs the organisation in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, skills and knowledge.
    Although your position as a manager, supervisor, leader, gives you the authority and responsibility for accomplishing certain tasks, this power does not make you a leader. It simply makes you the boss.
    Leadership is different in that it makes followers want to achieve high goals. It necessitates getting others to follow rather than bossing them around.
    Bernard Bass’s (1989 & 1990) theory of leadership states there are three basic ways to explain how people become leaders. The first two explain the leadership development for a small number of people. The third is the most commonly used. These theories are
    • Some personality traits may lead people naturally into leadership roles. This is the Trait Theory.
    • A crisis or important event may cause a person to rise to the occasion, which brings out extraordinary leadership qualities in an ordinary person. This is the Great Events Theory.
    • People can choose to become leaders. People can learn leadership skills. This is the Transformational Leadership Theory and the one most widely accepted today.
    When people make decisions as to whether they like and respect you as a leader they do not think about your attributes. They observe what you do so as to learn about who you really are. This observation is used to establish if you are a honourable and trusted leader.

    Alternatively it will establish if you are a self-serving person who misuses authority to look good. Self-serving leaders are not effective because employees only obey, they do not follow. They succeed in many areas because they present a good image to their seniors at the expense of their workers.
    The basis of good leadership is therefore honourable character and selfless service to the organisation.
    Effective leadership necessitates you have a direction and the ability to lead others to the accomplishment of the goal. You need to have the ability to execute what you have planned. This requires a great deal of guts coupled with natural instinct. You must have the guts to forge ahead and to go forward irrespective of the obstacles.
    Your leadership will be determined by your values and the vision you have for the organisation, enterprise or division. It is these very values and vision that will determine what action you take.
    Values are one of the components of attitudes. Values help to determine how we act as they help us to weigh the importance of various alternatives. They drive all organisational and individual efforts. What is important for the effective leader is there should never be any compromise on values and ethics for any reason. Values and ethics in business must be 100% non negotiable.
    Although there are a variety of definitions of attitude, most seem to centre around the notion that attitude involves measuring people, issues, objects and so on, in positive or negative terms. The inspirational leader should be capable of creating a positive environment where positive attitudes prevail.
    The vision you have for the success of the enterprise should be shared with all concerned. There will be a need for “Buy-in” by those involved. Your vision should be innovative and inspiring. It should be exciting enough for others to want to be part of the action.
    In a nutshell an effective leader must be trustworthy, honourable and ethical. The leader must have the ability to communicate and share a vision of where the organisation, enterprise or division wants to go. Good leaders surround themselves with great people who are prepared to share in the leaders vision. Together the must not compromise on values or ethics in working for the achievement of the common goal.

    Des Squire (Director)
    AMSI (Pty) Ltd
    011 646 9369
    http://www.amsi.co.za

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  • #42217

    Skills Universe
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    Des, you hit the nail onthe head! A lot of people perceive that you are either born a leader or not. I believe that leadership competency skills can be learnt. Having said that, some people will be better at leading than others. We need to tap into the “power of our individuality” and add the skills that would complement us being who we really are and not what others want us to be, or perceive us to be. – Great article!

    Amanda Strydom
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    http://www.masterkeyconsulting.co.za

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  • #43634

    Skills Universe
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    Des, you hit the nail onthe head! A lot of people perceive that you are either born a leader or not. I believe that leadership competency skills can be learnt. Having said that, some people will be better at leading than others. We need to tap into the “power of our individuality” and add the skills that would complement us being who we really are and not what others want us to be, or perceive us to be. – Great article!

    Amanda Strydom
    +27-79-273-0835
    http://www.masterkeyconsulting.co.za

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  • #44645

    Skills Universe
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    Des, you hit the nail onthe head! A lot of people perceive that you are either born a leader or not. I believe that leadership competency skills can be learnt. Having said that, some people will be better at leading than others. We need to tap into the “power of our individuality” and add the skills that would complement us being who we really are and not what others want us to be, or perceive us to be. – Great article!

    Amanda Strydom
    +27-79-273-0835
    http://www.masterkeyconsulting.co.za

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  • #42216

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    These kind of articles always make me wonder what about the follower? We make everything the job of the leader – the person that will take us to the promised land.
    What about the leader that has done everything according to the book – and people then still dont deliver or perform?
    Maybe organisations should also start looking at developing good followers.

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  • #43633

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    These kind of articles always make me wonder what about the follower? We make everything the job of the leader – the person that will take us to the promised land.
    What about the leader that has done everything according to the book – and people then still dont deliver or perform?
    Maybe organisations should also start looking at developing good followers.

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  • #44644

    Skills Universe
    Keymaster

    These kind of articles always make me wonder what about the follower? We make everything the job of the leader – the person that will take us to the promised land.
    What about the leader that has done everything according to the book – and people then still dont deliver or perform?
    Maybe organisations should also start looking at developing good followers.

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  • #42215

    Des Squire
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    Hi Letitia
    Very interresting obsefrvation that many of us fail to consider.
    The leader is only capable of doing so much. In leading his or her followers the objective would be to trust the follower has sufficient interest, need and desire to want to follow a leader.
    Ah – but the problem is the follower does not want to follow or fails to deliver or perform???? This becomes the next challenge and problem the leader needs to tackle. Leaders “Can take a horse to the water but can they make them drink”? This is when a decision must be made by the leader as to whether the follower is kept on as a member of the team or not!!!!

    As for training and developing the follower this is a different discussion. Yes companies should develop followers but more importantly “follewers should take responsibity for their own development”. A good leader will be capable of instilling this need, want and desire in the follower.
    Many of those I train tell me “the company does not offer such programmes”. The result – becaues the company does’nt offer it they do nothing to develop themselves. Many followers sit back waiting for others to train them. It is time for such people to “wake up and smell the roses”. Their future is in their own hands and not the hand of their employers. They must take ownership of their personal development. Followers must not sit back waiting for someone to do it for them It is their responsibility.
    THE FOLLOWER WHO IS PREPARED TO ADDRESS HIS OR HER OWN PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IS THE LEADER OF THE FUTURE – THINK ON THIS CAREFULLY.

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