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April 22, 2009

What is Leadership about?? Part 2

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Today it was I really interesting day. We had to work as a team and create our own definition of leadership. We tried to analyze the literature and figure out what is leadership about. Personally I found the some of the definitions a little bit “narrow” and maybe not so “modern”…… It is really difficult to capture in two lines the essence of leadership. I preferred the definition given in module notes “Excellent leaders develop and facilitate the achievement of the mission and vision. They develop organizational values and systems required for sustainable success and implement these via their actions and behaviours. During periods of change they retain a constancy of purpose. Where required, such leaders are able to change the direction of the organization and inspire others to follow." (EFQM, 2003)

During the discussion we had in our team we came out to the conclusion that you cannot define that characteristics that a perfect leader should have because it depends on the situation, the team’s maturity, team’s needs for motivation, task’s requirements etc. So the outcome was that a good leader should have the ability to identify each time what leadership characteristics he needs to show in order to take out the best from the team. We also thought what type of behaviour we would expect from our leader and with what behaviour we would be most motivated and effective.

And we come out with the conclusion that it is really hard to be a good leader. It is difficult for people to change their behaviour and adopt each time different leadership style in order to fit to the changing environment. Leaders need to inspire people, have a vision and communicate it to the team, identify what they want and motivate them, be good team players, be good listeners and also be able to give solutions to dead end situations, suggests alternatives, be innovative but most important of all is to be reliable and engage people to accomplish team’s common goals.

Leaders must have the ability to change their selves and influence and inspire others to follow them.....

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