On Leadership

“A leader is one who accomplishes challenging objectives by securing the voluntary co-opera­tion of his subordinates and peers without having to rely in a major way on rewards or penal­ties.”

“The best executive is the one who has  sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and enough self restraint to keep from meddling with them while they are doing it”. –  Theodore Roosevelt.

“A leader is best when he is neither seen nor heard, not so good when he is adored or glorified, worst when he is hated and despised.  But a good leader when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, the people will say, ‘We did this ourselves’.”   – Lao-tzu.

Effective  Leadership

People are our only management asset capable of increasing in value.  Desks and filing cabinets will not be worth more next year.

You can help your personnel achieve their maximum value through train­ing.  A company with an effective training programme has a tremendous competitive advantage and for a relatively modest investment.

Humans tend to rank themselves, some persons emerging as leaders, others as followers.  Stature, size, strength, physical prowess and particu­larly dominant personality, superior intellect and persuasive power are all possible leadership attributes.

It would be wonderful if organisations promoted people into leadership positions after considering the prerequisites.  Often however, leadership may also be obtained through nepotism and sheer cunning, and some­times because the new leaders boss feels safer and with somebody aver­age.

Successful Leadership

A leader is likely to be successful if:

*  He knows exactly what his objectives are and respects the fact that there are limits on what he can achieve and on what he can expect others to achieve.

*  He plans in advance individual and group work and responsibilities, but is flexible enough to realise that during implementation plans may need to be changed to accommodate individual and group needs.

*  He succeeds in establishing good relationships with his group through being empathic, while being able to maintain the respect of the group.

*  He avoids posing as a teacher or prophet, but maintains control of the group’s activities.

*  He needs to be able to instill a feeling of self-worth in individuals.

*  He allows ideas and views to come from the group rather than impos­ing his own views.

*  He does not impose his leadership on the group.  The successful leader should not have to assert his position, by trying to appear more knowledgeable and skilful than othrs.  The successful leader will gain the respect of the group because he is skilful, knowledgeable and diplomatic in the way in which he carries out his role.

Leadership Training – contact Brian monger – info@marketing.org.au

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