Monday, January 09, 2012

My definition of leadership is being informed, developing and transmitting a clear vision plan. This is followed by formulating the strategy chosen for the team being led, helping them to understand any new tools, techniques and concepts in order to accomplish and implement the organization’s goals.

Leadership begins with persuasion through reasoning and understanding of the common goals and the path being taken to accomplish them. Leadership is being responsible for evaluating all possible alternatives and remaining flexible when issues arise. Leadership leads by example, by being engaged, exhibiting a strong work ethic, spreading and maintaining optimism and sharing constructive feedback on a regular basis.

Leadership demonstrates whenever possible, instead of delegates what needs to be done, so that all team members can have the best training possible. Leadership has a multiplying effect that is generated by inertia that can be replicated clearly and consistently. Leadership empowers the team as well as holds its individual members accountable for their contributions or lack thereof.

Leadership requires admitting mistakes or lack of understanding and seeking the input of the team to come up with a resolution. Leadership inspires confidence as well as camaraderie so that the team can work with shared intent, recognition as well as responsibility. Leadership doesn’t blame or assign scapegoats but, accepts the fact that success is brought about by every member of the team while failure rests solely on the leadership’s shoulders.