All arrows point to a good leader. Do You Have What It Takes To Be A Leader? One thing that people rarely consider when owning their own business is whether or not they are able to be a leader. Not everyone is a natural leader. To be an effective leader one needs to be taught a number of key skills. Understanding these 4 key skills will help you be a more effective leader for your organization.
What kind of leader are you?
There are different types of leaders and you will probably encounter more than one type in your lifetime. Understanding the types of leaders helps you to recognize which type of leader you are looking to be. Remember, most people do not even realize what they need in order to start a home business, let alone understand that they are going to be the leader. It is important then to realize that a leader and a boss or manager are different.
Formal leaders are those we elect into positions or offices such as the senators, congressmen, and presidents of the local clubs. Informal leaders or those we look up to by virtue of their wisdom and experience such as in the case of the elders of a tribe, or our grandparents; or by virtue of their expertise and contribution to a given field such as Albert Einstein in the field of Theoretical Physics and Leonardo da Vinci in the field of the Arts.
Both formal and informal leaders practice a combination of leadership styles.
• Lewin’s three basic leadership styles – authoritative, participative, and delegated
• Likert’s four leadership styles – exploitive authoritative, benevolent authoritative, consultative, and participative
• Goleman’s six emotional leadership styles – visionary, coaching, affiliated, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding.
The home based business leader uses bits and pieces of all. Participative, delegated, visionary, coaching, and affiliated.
Leadership is a process of becoming.
Although certain people seem to be born with innate leadership qualities, without the right environment and exposure, they may fail to develop their full potential. So like learning how to ride a bicycle, you can also learn how to become a leader and hone your leadership abilities. Knowledge of leadership theories and skills may be formally gained by enrolling in leadership seminars, workshops, and conferences. Daily interactions with people provide the opportunity to observe and practice leadership theories. Together, formal and informal learning will help you gain leadership attitudes, gain leadership insights, and thus furthering the cycle of learning. You do not become a leader in one day and just stop. Life-long learning is important in becoming a good leader for each day brings new experiences that put your knowledge, skills, and attitude to a test.
Leadership starts with you.
The best way to develop leadership qualities is to apply it to your own life. Making your leadership skills part of your everyday life means that you must make a habit of several important keys.
1. As a leader, you are going to need to inspire and motivate. This can sometimes be the most rewarding part of being a leader. Because you know that people’s lives are changing because of the time you took to inspire them, you are more likely to have a feeling of accomplishment. Therefore, motivating people to do more and be more allows your time on earth to be more fulfilling and productive. Being a leader can be very rewarding.
2. You are going to have to become a problem solver. Adopt a mindset of solution. Make sure that you are always on thinking mode because the minute you are not, panic mode will likely kick in. Leaders do not show panic, stress, worry or doubt. Leaders see an issue and solve it.
3. Leaders strive for results. They do not wait for people to tell them what to do, they figure it out. A good leader does not just go it alone, they listen to their teachers and mentors. They learn, they do and then they teach. A good leader is goal driven. Leaders have tenacity.
4. Helping others is something leaders strive to do. Leaders understand that when you work as a team, more gets done to everyone’s benefit. Leaders help develop their work force providing them with time and training so that they can be leaders for their teams.
5. Every leader creates good habits. All leaders understand actions are a result of a learned habit. Leaders create time habits, coaching habits, conversation and listening habits. Leaders understand that repeated actions become habits. Habits in turn form a person’s character.
Now that you are reminded of these things, keep in mind that there are always ideas that we think we already know; concepts we take for granted, but are actually the most useful insights on leadership.
Steven Covey’s book entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective People provides good insights on how you can achieve personal leadership.