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WHO IS A LEADER ?"a person who influences a group of people towards the achievement of a goal".
A mnemonic for leadership would be 3Ps - Person, People and Purpose
PERSON Is leadership a position of office or authority? Or,Is leadership an ability in the sense that he is a leader because he leads?
NO…..A leader by its meaning is one who goes first and leads by example, so that others are motivated to follow him. To be a leader, a person must have a deep- rooted commitment to the goal that he willstrive to achieve it even if nobody follows him!
PURPOSEA requirement for leadership is personal vision - the ability to visualize your goal as an accomplished fact; a thing already achieved.“The very essence of leadership is that you have to have vision. You cant blow an uncertain trumpet.” Theodore M. Hesburgh “The leader has to be practical and a realist, yet must talk the language of the visionary and the idealist.” Eric Hoffer
Why are some individuals more effective than others at influencing people? Effectiveness in leadership has been attributed to (1) persuasion skills, (2) leadership styles and (3) personal attributes of the leader.
PEOPLE To be a leader, one must have followers.To have followers, one must have their trust. How do you win their trust? Why would others trust you?Most important, are you worthy of their trust?
WHAT IS LEADERSHIP?Leadership is a process by which a personinfluences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent.
Leaders carry out this process by applying theirleadership knowledge and skills. This is called Process Leadership We know that we have traits that can influence our actions. This is called Trait Leadership
FACTORS OF LEADERSHIPLeader• You must have an honest understanding of who you are, what you know, and what you can do.• To be successful you have to convince your followers, not yourself or your superiors, that you are worthy of being followed.Followers• Different people require different styles of leadership.• The fundamental starting point is having a good understanding of human nature, such as needs, emotions, and motivation• Have be, know, and do attributes.
Communication• You lead through two-way communication. Much of it is nonverbal.Situation• All situations are different. What you do in one situation will not always work in another.• You must use your judgment to decide the best course of action and the leadership style needed for each situation.
PAINT A PICTUREOur brains are programmed more for stories than for abstract ideas. Stories can also include personal anecdotes, helping to establish a closer connection between leaders and teams.
INVITE PARTICIPATIONGoogle Vice President MarissaMayer once told me that she keepsa sign-up sheet outside her door for“office hours” that are held eachday at 4:00 p.m. She gives teammembers 15 minutes to voice theiropinions or pitch new ideas. Peoplewant more than a paycheck. Theywant to create meaning. Invitethem in.
RENIFORCE OPTIMISM “Optimism is a forcemultiplier.” Former Secretary of State Colin Powell
Good leaders are made not born. if you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader.Good leaders develop through a never ending process of self- study, education, training, and experience.