If we could simply list them, what are the essential qualities of an effective leader? If you have read our work, then you know how much we value bringing out the best in your people. In this article posted on News Olio, we found 10 helpful tips for effective leadership - in a nutshell.
10 Helpful Tips for Effective Leadership
Many people have a favorite teacher or boss who helped to motivate them into accomplishing important goals. Good leaders are made, not born. Here are suggestions for enhancing the directional skills of those in leadership positions.
Value people. Instead of squeezing every last drop of sweat from those under your authority, make it a point to encourage good performance and emphasize positive relationships. Let people know you care about them, and not just about the work they do. Warm greetings, personal comments, and friendly conversation at lunch or after hours help to smooth workplace relations.
Lead by example. Instead of appointing someone else to do the “hard” jobs, give it a shot to assess difficulty level, and to show staff that you are not above doing such work. Don’t goof off on the job, or others will expect the right to do it, too. Avoid using company resources for personal benefit, like making long distance calls, Internet shopping, or using office supplies for non-business work.
Display a strong character. Remember that others are watching you. Control negative emotions like anger, frustration, and irritation. Practice good judgment, patience, and fair play in dealing with office situations. Leaders sit on pedestals. Everything you do will be magnified and evaluated by those you work with.
Sometimes we like to make it simple – so there you have it, in a nutshell: 10 helpful tips for effective leadership. Please share with us how you have integrated some of these to help build innovative and motivated teams.
Development Dimensions International (DDI) a respected, global talent management company recently published their Global Leadership Forecast 2011. This report is one of the largest leadership studies of it’s kind, with more than 2,600 participating organizations. The research provides some interesting perspectives on thecurrent state of leadership and future leadership needs. Specifically, the report looked to uncover the answers to the following questions:
What is the overall quality of leadership in organizations today? How does it compare to previous years?
Do organizations have a sufficient supply of capable leaders to meet tomorrow’s business challenges?
What can HR professionals do to revolutionize the development of their leaders?
Is it time to radically innovate not only products and business models, but also the very way we manage?
What impact can we have by moving the needle on leadership quality?
The research defined a leaders as “someone who manages the performance or responsibilities of individuals in an organization.”
This research study produced interesting findings I have extracted some of the research findings I found interesting, those that stood out and caught my attention.
Effective Leadership Matters
The research demonstrated that organizations with the highest quality leaders were 13 times more likely to outperform their competition in key bottom-line metrics such as financial performance, quality of products and services, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction.
Leaders who reported that their organization’s current leadership quality as poor, only 6% of them were in organizations that outperformed their competition.
Organizations with higher quality leadership were up to three times more likely to retain more employees than their competition. by GEORGE AMBLER
Good leaders know that their job is better done when they have as many people on their side as possible. No one leader can have his or her eyes and ears everywhere without the help of others. We have mentioned before the importance of being able to connect with and inspire your employees and a key factor in that is that a good leader is a good listener. Learn some tips provided by HARVEY SCHACHTER posted on www.theglobeandmail.com.
A Good Leader is a Good Listener
Danger ahead: Executive not listening. A road sign similar to that might be useful for the corridors of a company where senior managers view conversation as one-way affairs, and refuse to listen to others.
“Listening is a valuable skill that most executives spend little time cultivating,” consultant Bernard Ferrari writes in the McKinsey Quarterly.
To improve, he says, focus on three elements:
1. Show respect: To run a complex organization, you must solicit advice from all corners. Let everyone know that you are open to their viewpoints. Being respectful doesn’t mean avoiding tough questions; good listeners routinely ask them to uncover the information they need. “The goal is ensuring the free and open flow of information and ideas,” he writes.
2. Keep quiet: Your conversation partner should be speaking 80 per cent of the time while you limit yourself to about 20 per cent. To make your speaking time count, ask questions that point the other party in the right direction.
It is far too easy to hear without listening and you should know that people can tell when you are not listening to them. A good leader is a good listener, someone who clearly and authentically considers and respects all viewpoints.
Inspiration is a “magic” ingredient when you need to get something done or to lead a successful project. It is very difficult to know what will inspire someone at any given time but one thing I do know is you will have to figure out a way to tap into the emotional and empathetic nature to inspire someone to take action for the sake of others. Avery Lynn’s life was short but her bucket list touched hearts around the world and inspired many people to donate money and volunteer hours and other services.
Watch this video from CNN and find your own inspiration
Inspiration is Like a Magic Ingredient
The 6-month-old girl whose parents created a “bucket list” blog for their daughter after doctors said she would not live past age 2 died Monday, her father said.
Avery Lynn Canahuati, who was born in November with spinal muscular atrophy type 1, died of pulmonary complications related to the genetic disorder, Mike Canahuati said on the blog Tuesday.
“In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest,” said Canahuati, 31, of Bellaire, Texas. “I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Writing in the first person as if his daughter were the author, Canahuati created new bucket list entries during the week on the family’s averycan.blogspot.com website or their “Avery’s Bucket List” Facebook page. They included:
If you don’t have one, start a bucket list today. A bucket list prompts the mind to consider “what if” and inspires true exploration and discovery and that is always a good thing. Make sure inspiration is a magic ingredient in your life and in the lives of those around you.