Definition of Leadership : According to Peter DeLisle, is the skill to influence others, with or without authority.
All successful endeavours are the result of human effort; thus, the ability to influence others is a derivation of
- Interpersonal Communications
- Conflict Management
- Problem solving
Interpersonal Effectiveness – Interpersonal effectiveness is the capacity of an individual to do this, influence others, competently.
Leadership is the direct function of 3 elements of interpersonal effectiveness
Awareness – Awareness is a state of consciousness.
It is the capability to recognize yourself, others, events & situations in real time.
It is the capability to assess the impact of actions on situations & others, & be critically self reflective.
It is a development process that is a function of experience, communication, self discovery & feedback.
Ability – capability to learn & understand technical issues is the basis of our careers.
- Ability to lead is a function of influence:
- Ability to communicate
- Ability to resolve conflicts
- Ability to solve problems & make decisions
As a member of the team, we influence others in a collaborative effort to find better ideas or solve problems.
Commitment – For leaders, the ―one thing that guides to the maturity is the fully known recognition that one‘s decisions make a difference, both positively & negatively, in the lives of others, & that any attempt to solve the problem might have a decided negative impact on some, while helping others.
In no-win scenarios, one should still make a hard decision.
Attributes of a Leader:-
Guiding vision: Successful leaders already know what they want to perform, & have the power of character to chase their objectives in the face of opposition & in spite of failures. The effective leader set-up achievable goals.
Passion: Effective leaders trust passionately in their goals. They have a positive viewpoint on who they are, and they love what they do. Their passion for life is the guiding star for the others to follow, because they radiate promise!
Integrity: Because they know who they are, effective leaders are also conscious of their weaknesses. They only make assurance they can follow through on.
Honesty: Leaders bear an aura of honesty in both their professional & their personal lives.
Trust: Effective leaders earn the trust of their followers & act on behalf of their followers.
Curiosity: Leaders are learners. They think about every aspect of their charge. They find out what they need to know in order to chase their goals.
Risk: Effective leaders take planned risks when essential to achieve their objectives. If a mistake is made, the effective leader will learn from the mistake & use it as an opportunity to explore other avenues.
Dedication: The effective leader is devoted to his or her charge, & will work assiduously on behalf of those following. The leader gives himself completely to the task when it is necessary.
Charisma: This may be the one quality that is the most difficult to cultivate. It conveys maturity, respect for your followers, compassion, a fine sense of humor, & a love of humanity. The result is that leaders have the skill to motivate people to excel.
Listening: Leaders Listen! This is the most important quality of all, listen to your followers.
Leader vs Manager – Leader is a person who is followed by others.
Manager, a person controlling a business or a part of the business. A person considered in terms of skill in household or financial or other management.
Leadership is the skill to develop a vision that motivates others to move with a passion toward the common goal.
Management – Management is the skill to organize resources & coordinate the implementation of tasks necessary to reach a goal in a timely & cost effective manner.
Leadership vs Management – Management seeks stability and predictability (order)
Leadership seeks improvement through change (disorder)
Leaders: Do the right thing
Manager: Do things right
Leadership & Management Skills –
Leadership – soft skills
- Stress Management
- Team Building
- Change Management
Management – hard skills
- Activity Analysis
- Project Controls
Managers have the following attributes , they
- Consider alternatives to design
- Estimate costs involved
- Establish risks to the organization
- Develop a schedule for the project
- Include decision steps
- Manage change in an orderly fashion
- Keep the team motivated and informed
- Review responsibilities & goals with each team player
- State clearly the basis for the assessment & where each person fits into the organization
- Monitor progress.
- Set directions; set expected acquirement for each individual within the next work period. Show the team members where they are fit in achieving unit goals.
- Perform administrative tasks
- Report to senior management
- Money & job security play a major role in management effectiveness. They act as deficiency motivators
Recipe for being a Leader
- Take control of your life
- Assume responsibility for who you are
- Convey a positive & dynamic attitude in everything you do
- Accept blame: learn from your own fault as well as those of the others. Take responsibility for the everything that happens in your unit
- Give credit wherever it is due
- Be compassionate when you evaluate your team members progress or lack thereof
- Think great thoughts. Small thinking is why companies go broke
- Turn disasters into opportunities. Turn every obstacle into a personal triumph
- Find your real goals then strive to achieve them
- When you want to tell someone anything important, do it personally
- Don‘t be afraid to get your hands dirty doing what you ask others to do. Make coffee
- Listen effectively
- Encourage teamwork and participation
- Empower team members
- Communicate effectively
- Emphasize long-term productivity
- Make sound and timely decisions
- Treat each person as an individual
- Know yourself and your team
- Protect your team
- Have vision, courage and commitment
Leadership and Management Development – Management development helps prepare individuals for increased responsibility and more complex tasks while helping them identify their personal development needs to prepare for future responsibilities. These training prepare and educate managers to effectively direct their teams as they pursue the strategies and goals of their organization. Within Learning, you will find courses in the following categories:
a. Leadership Skills Development
b. Skills for Managers
Staff Development – Staff Development provides specific programs for several categories of employees. It also provides generic training in a variety of work-related skills, which are organized in the following tracks:
- Administrative Skills Development
- Coping Skills for High-Pressure Workplace
- Innovation at Work
- Interpersonal and Group Communication Skills
- Project Management
- Supervisory Training Program
- Written Communication Skills