January 31, 2010

A little thought of being an effective leader?

A hotel simulation in the module of Leadership Excellence formed me a clearer on being an effective leader. Leaders deal with projects through leading groups of people. When having a new project, leaders are naturally receiving expectation from followers of knowing the whole project inside out. However, that's not the exactly leaders should do. 

A little understanding of mine on being an effective leader specifically under this occasion is as the following:

1. Fully understanding of what the project is precisely aiming for, and lock the objectives up.;

2. With given resources in the team, break down the project and make a systematic plan to be conducted;

3. Briefing the details of the project and allocating tasks to specific departments;

4. Creating a vision for the followers and providing a perfectly safe environment for completing the project;

5. Managing time and make sure that followers are aware of it;

A leader should not have to be an expert in where he or she is working, but a leader have to know how to inspire followers and maximise their potential in their fields. 

Mistakes are quite normal to be come cross in business environment. The important thing for leader is not to leave it or use positional power to make it worse. It should be discussed and compromised sometimes because there is no absolutely right answer in business. There are only more feasible options for managers to choose. Therefore, do not blame someone when he or she made a mistake in decision-making. Try to find the reason for it while figuring out solution. 

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