Developing effective leadership skills

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

Exercising Effective and Ethical leadership has its own importance and value in an organization. Every business is in need of people who have strong leadership skills. Those who are capable enough to demonstrate effective leadership roles that are needed in a business organization have bright chances for growth and development in terms of their career. Besides being capable of performing the entrusted tasks efficiently, possessing a quality of dealing with people effectively and managing them in a way as wanted is regarded to be one of the important qualities leading a person towards the attainment of a position that requires leadership role in a business organization.

Leadership is not something that’s to be regarded as just an innate quality, but being one of those qualities that contribute greatly to personality development, it can be acquired and developed provided that one gives a thought of doing so and motivates oneself toward its attainment. Acquiring or developing effective leadership skills demands related knowledge, patience and practice. However, there are some ways that might help in gaining or developing effective leadership skills.

Having been associated with a particular position and given a legitimate power, an employee gets entitled with various powers to practice in a business organization. At this stage, it depends upon him how he makes use of his powers in accordance with various situations. This involves exercising different power at different occasions, but not .holding fast a particular power at all times. A situational approach is of great importance to deal with matters effectively. In this way, using the same strategy at all times is not appropriate.

Effective leadership skills require good listening skills as well. A good leader is a good listener. He shows unreserved interest to hear the people and demonstrates his body language in such a way that attracts others to share their feelings and suggestions with him. The quality of good listening not only creates positive feelings in the employees, but it also helps in taking various measures for effective functioning of a business based on their suggestions.

One of the best powers that a leader or a manager needs to posses is the expert power which helps him greatly in convincing and motivating others. They are convinced, because it appeals to people’s mind and their reasoning power, while it motivates on the basis of his acquired qualities in terms of education, knowledge and experience, they are attracted and try to follow his footsteps.

Even though a leader has powers for taking punitive measures and exercising coercive power against the employees in case of their misbehavior, but forgiving them by giving good advice and making recommendations for changes and developments may be an example of enacting humble leadership in the short run, but in the long run it causes the leader to reap rich results developing positive feelings in the employees and motivating them towards the achievement of common goals of a business organization in an effective and efficient manner.That’s how having the ability to persuade people or having the effect of persuading them leads to achieve desired goals.

It’s by way of effective leadership style that entails using reward power a business leader makes use of this power to promote the subordinates who deserve promotions while setting his own yardsticks to evaluate the performance of his employees.

A good leader exhibits his strength based on his innovative mind, his knowledge and experience and the quality of making good judgments. He demonstrates the ways and means for achieving the desired results by his words and actions, not by just passing orders on subordinates, while in a charismatic way he shows his strong character which leads them to develop confidence, energy and enthusiasm.

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Written by:
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (MSc-Software Engineering)
(PhD-Management)
MA-English, MPhil-English
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Pursuing CMA-USA
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India

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