Leadership or supervision of delegated duties requires great personalities and systematic techniques. There are many ideas and concepts regarding leadership and how to become a good leader. You can read them from books, inspiring biographies of successful leaders, and remarkable teachings and notions of great leaders around the world. Yet we still fail to distinguish from those reading materials the important ideas about leadership. The following are a short list of ideas leadership.
1. Leaders are categorized in various natures.
Every leader has their own individual nature of leaderships and responsibilities. Some are formal leaders in the field of political government such as the president, senators, congressmen, and the higher and lower officials. Some are informal leaders in a distinctive groups or assembly such as the administrators, directors, or elders of some groups, while some are leaders in a specific field such as Albert Einstein in the field of Theoretical Physics and Leonardo da Vinci in the field of the Arts. All of them are leaders in their own fields with different leadership styles.
Lewin’s three basic leadership styles – authoritative, participative, and delegative
Likert’s four leadership styles – exploitive authoritative, benevolent authoritative, consultative, and participative
Goleman’s six emotional leadership styles – visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding.
2. Leadership is continuous learning process.
Most of us are born with innate distinctive and specific qualities of a great leader. All we have to do is to develop our natural abilities to be able to apply our skills in handling and managing different aspects of responsibilities. We can expand our natural gifts of leading by enrolling in leadership seminars, workshops, and conferences, by gathering knowledge from reading materials and other significant histories of leadership, or by learning from our daily experiences and interactions with other people, fellow leaders, and subordinates. Learning from various methods of practices will increase your knowledge on leadership attitudes, leadership insights, and leadership techniques. Continuous learning and frequent study of updates about related ideas will further enhance your skills as a great leader.
3. Leadership starts with you.
Application of good leadership should be seen first in you. The way you lead yourself, the way you speak, the way you perform your own duties are proofs that you can handle and lead others as well. Your credibility is always in the attention of the public. Learn by heart that your actions and your personal habit and behavior shows how good you are in managing and leading other people to the fulfillment of your objectives. Steven Covey’s book entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides good insights on how you can achieve personal leadership.
4. Leadership should be passed on to others.
Leadership is not just about you doing all the tasks. You have to make the team work together as a group under your leadership. Proper delegation of duties and responsibilities will make your leadership succeed. Working together as a group with different distinct functions encourages your team to fulfill your goals. Clear instructions will lead to precise actions. Trust between each members will strengthen working relationship and therefore builds an effective leadership.
5. Leadership techniques rely on different circumstances.
The manner of leadership may vary at times according to unexpected situations. A simple rule would not be applicable in some cases where leadership needs an immediate twist. One example of this is the sudden change in the peace and order in a nation. In cases like these, the leaders would apply different tactics that would best handle and solve immediate needs of the people and formulate a decision to resolve the problem. Another example of change in methods of leadership is in unique cases where the team members are highly proficient. Delegative and moderate participative style of leadership is most appropriate in such cases. In some cases wherein team members are inexperienced and in need of additional knowledge, a combination of high coaching, high supporting, and high directing behavior from leader is required.
These are the concepts and ideas of leadership that we always thought we already know yet we failed to realize that these are the most useful theories we can utilize to make our leadership intense and commendable.