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April 02, 2013

Leadership: It's all about people

In order to give real meaning to leadership, we have to examine what it really is. In essence, leadership is all about people. No matter how we choose to define it and regardless of which approach we use, it is about getting the most out of people. This is what successful leaders have known for years. They are successful because they are effective at influencing the thoughts and activities of their followers towards the achievement of shared goals (Roberts, 2013). We can have our own vision and convey it to our team..but any effective leader will say that their job is to help make their followers' job easier. So, as prospective leaders, we must always ensure that our team has the right tools and training required to do their job in the most optimal way.

The more I read about servant leadership, the more I agree with it. However, I also believe that servant leadership has just taken transformational leadership and coated it with morality. In that sense, a transformational leaders who already possesses high morals is practically not too dissimilar to a servant leader. The important thing is being selfless (I personally believe you can be charismatic and selfless as long as your objectives are not to gain personal fame but instead, to drive organizal performance and improve employee satisfaction).

Finally, leaders should never show fear or anger. If they show fear, others can take it as a sign of weakness and an emerging leader might take over. On the other hand, if they show anger, they can be viewed as an autocratic leader and that would most likely have a negative impact on employee motivation.

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