How do we lead and what skills do leaders need for the future? - Coggle…
How do we lead and what skills do leaders need for the future?
Actions to take to improve certain leadership skills
I would like to walk with a mentor that can identify all of my weaknesses and thus could expose it to me and thus recommend ways in which I could work on my leadership skills that need work. This can be very effect as the entire process would be objective and thus not my own opinion and not being true to myself. This would be done by arranging weekly meetups where we can meet and communicate and reflect with one another on a personal level.
The importance of and defining leadership in a business
Definition of Leadership:
in business is the capacity of a company's management to set and achieve challenging goals, take fast and decisive action when needed, outperform the competition, and inspire others to perform at the highest level they can.
Importance of leadership:
Leadership provides direction for a company and its workers. Employees need to know the direction in which the company is headed and who to follow to reach the destination. Leadership involves showing workers how to effectively perform their responsibilities and regularly supervising the completion of their tasks.
Leadership is also about setting a positive example for staff to follow, by being excited about the work, being motivated to learn new things, and helping out as needed in both individual and team activities.
Leadership theories needed to run a 21st century business and to be an agile leader.
The Behavioral theory:
The behavioral theory of leadership focuses on how a person’s environment, not natural abilities, forms him or her into a leader. One of the key concepts is conditioning. It asserts that a person will be more likely to act or lead in a certain style as a result of environmental responses to behavior. The theory states that anyone can be a leader if they behave the way other leaders do.
The Transactional theory:
The transactional theory of leadership, also called "management theory," states that leadership is a system of rewards and penalties. It views effective leadership as results-focused and hierarchical. Transactional leaders prioritize order and structure over creativity by rewarding someone who meets a goal and penalizing someone who doesn’t.
The transformational theory of leadership, also called "relationship theory," asserts that effective leadership is the result of a positive relationship between leaders and team members. Transformational leaders motivate and inspire through their enthusiasm and passion. They are a model for their teams, emphasizing a collaborative work environment, diplomatic communication skills, and efficient delegation.
The situational theory:
The situational theory of leadership does not relate to a certain type of leader or claim that any one style is best. Instead, it asserts that the best kind of leader is one who can adapt their style based on the situation. They may respond to a situation by commanding, coaching, persuading, participating, delegating or however they think is necessary. Situational leaders are defined by their flexibility.
Great man theory:
The great man theory of leadership states that great leaders are born with all the right personality traits such as intelligence, courage, confidence, intuition and charm. A popular concept in the 19th century, this theory asserts that you can't develop leadership abilities—you either have them or you don't. Opponents of this theory claim it's unrealistic in its basic assumption.
The Trait theory:
The trait theory of leadership states that certain natural qualities tend to create good leaders. Having such qualities, however, does not necessarily mean someone has strong leadership skills. Some leaders may be good listeners or communicators, but not every listener or communicator makes a good leader.
Most important leadership skills needed for leading teams and managing a business.
Emotional Intelligence: is an individual’s ability to recognize and manage emotions in themselves and others. By developing your emotional intelligence, you can better communicate, motivate your team, delegate tasks, and remain flexible under pressure—in short, the requirements of being an effective leader.
Communication: A leader's communication abilities are critical to a team's success. To understand why, you need to think about the role leaders fill: They motivate others to follow them and work toward shared goals.
The ability to effectively communicate with others also affects the efficiency of the group and determines how tasks are accomplished. To ensure these tasks are done correctly, you must determine if you’re exhibiting the effective communication skills required to inform your team of your goals and plan to achieve them.
The ability to bring out the best performance: An effective leader doesn’t simply tell others what to do or micromanage how tasks are completed. Instead, they empower employees to do what they were hired for. This not only improves team performance but frees up time to perform essential leadership tasks, which can greatly improve time management. All of these elements affect overall team performance—a clear indicator of whether you demonstrate effective leadership.
Which leadership theory do I feel is most appropriate for me and why?
I personally feel that the transformational theory is the most applicable to me. I believe that it is the most applicable as I really enjoy creating a emotional connection with individuals and come to understand them on a greater level. I personally feel that creating a relationship with individuals on a emotional level creates an environment where you can come to understand why individuals are acting the way they are and thus gives you a true indication of why they are acting in this way.
Strengths and weaknesses relating to my leadership abilities
Strengths: 1. I stand by taking and considering the emotions of others. 2. I constantly look to push each individual to the best of their ability.3. I am a strong believer of communicating with individuals to ensure that they know what is expected from them.
Weaknesses:1. I tend to push individuals a bit to hard and expect to much from them. 2. I like to have things in my control and thus avoid delegating tasks to other individuals as it feels like I don't have control. 3. When it becomes difficult or flustered at work I tend to lack in communication with other individuals and can often fall behind in following up on work done.