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Leadership Made Meaningful

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Leadership is one of the most crucial yet vital qualities any individual could have, be it on personal or professional level. This lofty skill has always been a matter of perplexity in terms of what lies in it, when it can be attained, and how it can be fortified. Different leaders have given sundry opinions on which quality of leadership makes the world come to a certain shape. As leadership author John Maxwell rightly addressed: “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Global leader Nelson Mandela, remarked: “It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.”  

 

Fundamentally, a leader is one who has a very strong sense of self and passion to reach out to others. He recognizes the welfare of his team-members, their values, skills, ambitions, strengths – and sees to it that all of that is brought to the table for the good of all.

 

LEADERS OBSERVE TEAM-ORIENTATION AND THE COMMUNITY APPROACH

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One quality marked among leaders is their horizontal approach to leading, managing, and relating with others. The leader, rather than merely creating solace for his team members to be at ease, empowers them to stretch and work to their full potential, all throughout giving value to consistency in performance. Eventually, the leader adopts his varied styles of leading and motivating people, as well as delegating tasks appropriately. For any leader, delegation of tasks is quite a challenging responsibility. A true leader demonstrates being in the frontline, initiates doing the tasks, and inspires others to do the same. The means to motivate is crucial in this role. He shows direction on what is to be done and how to do it well. Here, the end result must be to accomplish the goal of the team and company in the spirit of fun and collegiality.

 

LEADERS POSSESS A GOOD ATTITUDE AND STRONG RESOLVE

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Focusing on work-life balance, managing insecurities among team members, handling behavioral barriers and other HR issues, and at the same time keeping the end goal in mind are some of the obstacles and opportunities any leader must face. It is indispensable for leaders to control or manage his emotions, motivate employees despite personal troubles, and guide them towards the end goal and vision.  The ongoing debates on leadership skills in the corporate sector revolve on whether leaders are born or trained. Nonetheless, whatever the fact, one pragmatic factor to be noted is that there are many leadership tracks. One’s leadership journey, learning, and principles depend primarily on the situation and demand of particular critical moment. Leaders have, however, have followed certain diligence like perseverance, team motivation, and participation.

 

Now, the question is, can we develop the spirit of leadership? The answer is “yes, certainly.” Usually, the process unconsciously starts from a young age and is nurtured gradually. Nevertheless, it can happen anytime to anyone with right will.

 

Here are some helpful steps to develop leadership in teams:

 

  1. 1.     Evaluate the personality type and corresponding behavioral strengths.
  2. 2.     Group members who challenge and complement one another.
  3. 3.     Encourage them to think out of the box and take on bigger roles.
  4. 4.     Eliminate the ‘I can’t syndrome’.
  5. 5.     Foster team spirit and allow them to guide and assist one another.
  6. 6.     Challenge the status-quo, while developing sensibility and compassion.
  7. 7.     Practice good communication skills and kindness at all times.

 

Ultimately, finding the right individuals and grooming the conscious spirit of leadership in them is one of the most rewarding opportunities leaders are blessed with.

 

We at TalkShop provide the right training for leaders and their teams as we help them enjoy the fortuitous journey of accomplishing their target goals and creating meaning in their life and others. Our experts will facilitate the customized program to uncover and strengthen your leadership skills. Call (632) 894 5588 or write to us on info@talkshop.ph and experience the difference.

Posted by TalkShop
Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+

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