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Leadership: The Important Qualities
Whether you realize it or not, you have to lead all the time. You may not be a leader of a nation or a multinational company, but every productive activity on your daily agenda involves leadership. You are planning, organizing, staffing, directing, coordinating, managing, advising, teaching, deciding, and directing all the time at home, at work and in between.
In an organization you need to provide the most inspired caring leadership to build a team of good motivated workers. Leaders seize the opportunity and use it properly to attain excellence.
A good leader is able to adapt in response to the demand of the situation. There is nothing absolutely right in leadership style. The same style may work wonders in a particular situation and be of no use in another. The style that worked yesterday may not work tomorrow, but the leader will adapt. So, the first leadership quality is adaptability, flexibility and the ability to rise up to the occasion.
The second leadership quality is caring. You know that you are a leader because of the team you lead. So, you must have a caring attitude towards your team members. It is your responsibility to know them, know their strengths and weaknesses and delegate work accordingly. You must also be able to solve their problems and answer their questions.
It may be difficult, but if you allow your team members to express their opinions and voice their complaints, you will ultimately benefit by it. You will be able to see yourself through their eyes and make amendments is required.
The same is true in the assessment of leadership sessions. It is important how participants interact in sensing sessions. It reflects their morale and how they feel about themselves but it also shows how they feel about their organization.
Cooperative groups that talk about anything and even complain reflect that but they are basically satisfied with their leadership. They make complaints but also suggest improvements; this shows that they have confidence in their leaders to listen to opinions and to act on recommendations. They generally come from good environment.
The groups that come from poor environments are generally vocal and hostile; they use these sensing sessions to vent their frustrations. They don't trust their leaders and feel that their leaders only add more to their burden than they take away.
Reticent groups also generally come from poor environments. They donít trust their leader so they hesitate to say anything. They resign themselves to the fact that no one cares about their problems. They reflect repressive leadership that is intolerant to disgruntled workers.
A good leader is one who can feel the pulse of his team and makes all efforts to keep them happy and motivated.
You can inculcate leadership qualities by observing your favorite leaders. There are lots of books on developing leadership qualities. You may even attend training sessions and seminars. But, whatever you observe and learn theoretically is of use only if you use it in day to day life. You donít have to imitate any one but you should try and develop your own style by learning from all possible sources
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