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How do you define Leadership? There are many ways to define leadership, but in essence, it “is a process that influences other people to achieve an objective.” Now that's out of the way, let's see what that really means. It is about being forward looking, Inspirational to others, and orientated to achieve results, winning the hearts and minds of those followers to achieve objectives and corporate goals, as a team. When you define Leadership, it is clear that Leaders and their teams are interdepe
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  How do you define Leadership?   There are many ways to define leadership , but in essence, it “is a process that influences other people to achieve an objective.”  Now that's out of the way, let's see what that really means. It is about being forward looking, Inspirational to others, and orientated to achieve results, winning the hearts and minds of those followers to achieve objectives and corporate goals, as a team. When you define Leadership, it is clear that Leaders and their teams are interdependent - They rely on each other for success. The Leader has arguably three main tasks:    To achieve their goal that they have set out to achieve    To maintain effective relationships with their team members and to keep them together in order to achieve that task    To satisfy the needs of individuals in that group in order to match them to the group task  –  The net result: improved and honed Leadership Characteristics, which result in polished and developed Leadership Styles.    Whilst Leadership can be learned and the skills and attributes can be influenced by the Leader's traits, knowledge and skills give the Leader the ability and directly influence the process of Leadership. Management and Leadership  Leadership is the core of all Managerial and Supervisory activities. All those who are in Managerial positions have a Leadership function, and all those in Leadership roles have Managerial responsibilities. Typical roles may include:    To give vision    To energise and motivate    To set and enforce behaviours and standards    To see things through to their completion    To utilise the team member’s skills and get the best out of them, filling capability gaps when needed. Leadership differs to being the boss or Manager, in that it makes the followers want to achieve high goals (called Emergent Leadership), rather than simply bossing people around (Rowe, 2007). To define Leadership means to understand that it is not enough for someone to just lead - They must Lead by example, focus on the task at hand, and be trulyemotionally intelligent, to get the best out of their team, themselves and the task. Often, you become assigned a Leadership position, but the best Leaders are good at getting unsurpassed results out of their team through inspirational leadership, which is learned over a career Successful Leadership Characteristics: A Learned Skill   Leadership Characteristics can be learned over the course of a career and the following page will show the most important characteristics of successful leaders, which have been demonstrated over time. Whilst not an exhaustive list, it represents the most important traits for a Leader to be successful and therefore a good benchmark for others to measure themselves against. It is not enough to just demonstrate that the Leader doesn't do the opposite to these characteristics (E.G. not show dishonesty as opposed to being honest): in order to be  successful, the Leader must actively demonstrate these characteristics, and lead by example, asserting these principles of good leadership. Your Turn Whilst reading through the following Leadership Characteristics, I ask you to take an honest appraisal of yourself to understand how many of the traits you possess and also what areas you feel you need to develop. This task will help you understand where you fall within the ‘ideal’ and what areas you can aim to improve to better your Leadership Characteristics. To become a good leader one must put in hard work, determination, and learn from one's mistakes. How good are your basic Leadership Characteristics?    Communication Skills:  A good leader must possess a high level of communication skills. They must be good speakers as well as listeners. They should be able to communicate to all levels of the organisation; able to converse with followers and also listen to their ideas, asking questions and answering their queries in order to ensure that they have understood what was communicated. They should also be able to win people over through sharing important ideas and visions, allowing followers to buy-in and trust in the Leader. Through their words they can help keep the workforce motivated and committed.    Interpersonal Skills:  A leader should have good interpersonal skills and earn the trust and confidence of his/her followers. They must listen to their followers' grievances and give constructive feedback where required. The team dynamic should be balanced and everyone should be pulling in the same direction. Leaders that have earned the trust and respect of their followers can use this trust to move the organization towards the achievements of its goal. These leaders are able to use their interpersonal skills to work through difficult
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