Laws on LeadershipIyer Subramanian
January 3, 2009 — 2,325 views
Leaders are made, not born. You become a leader in your business in the world around you by practicing the qualities, attributes and behaviors of leaders who have gone before you. Like any set of skills, leadership is developed by practice, perseverance and repetition, over and over again, until you master it without being weary.
The Laws of Leadership have been identified and discussed over and over throughout the centuries. They are taught in military schools, colleges and education institutions. They are taught in business schools and practiced every day in the businesses and organizations of our society. These laws and principles are followed by men and women everywhere who emerge to assume positions of power and authority whenever the situations demand it.
The more you get to know about the laws of leadership and the more you deliberately make an attempt to exercise the qualities of leadership in small matters, the more you will be given an opportunity to be a leader in larger matters. The better you fulfill your responsibilities today, right where you are, the greater the responsibilities that will be entrusted to you in the future. It is in your hands. LET US FOLLOW THE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP.
- The Law of Integrity.
GREAT BUSINESS LEADERSHIP IS CHARACTERIZED BY HONESTY, TRUTHFULNESS, AND STRAIGHT DEALING WITH EVERY PERSON, UNDER ALL CIRCUMSTANCES.
Integrity lies at the core of leadership, at the heart of the leader. Everything you do revolve around the person you really are inside. And the person you really are inside is always remonstrated by your actions, the things you do and say.
- The Law of Courage.
THE ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONS AND ACT BOLDLY IN THE FACE OF SETBACKS AND ADVERSITY IS THE KEY TO GREATNESS IN LEADERSHIP.
Leadership is not lack of fear or absence of fear. Leadership is control of fear-mastery of fear. Everyone is afraid; leaders are simply those who face their fears and take action in spite of their fears. And you develop the habit of courage by acting courageously whenever the situation is called for.
- The Law of Realism.
LEADERS DEAL WITH THE WORLD AS IT IS, NOT AS THEY WISH IT WOULD BE.
Your ability and your willingness to be completely realistic in your life and work are among the most important qualities of leadership. Concentrate on getting the facts. Facts don't lie. The more facts you gather, the better will be the picture of reality that you can develop. The quality of your decisions will largely determined by the quality of the information on which those decisions are based.
- The Law of Power.
POWER GRAVITATES TO THE PERSON WHO CAN USE THE MOST EFFECTIVELY TO GET THE DESIRED RESULTS.
Power is the ability to influence the allocation of people, money, and resources. It exists in all human relationships and situations. It is essential for the effective functioning of human life and society. It is neither good nor bad. It just is.
There are four kinds of power you can develop. The first is expert power. The second type of power you can develop is personal power. The third type of power, position power, is the power that goes with the job title. The fourth is ascribed power. This is the power you have when the people around you willingly grant you authority and influence over them because of the person you are.
- The Law of Ambition.
LEADERS HAVE AN INTENSE DESIRE TO LEAD; THEY HAVE A CLEAR VISION OF A BETTER FUTURE, WHICH THEY ARE DETERMINED TO REALIZE.
People may work steadily for a paycheck, but they will perform at high levels only when they are inspired by a vision of some kind. The development and articulation of this vision is a key responsibility of leadership.
Most of all, leaders want to lead, to be in charge, to be responsible, to make things happen. They are willing to endure the risks and the sacrifices that are required to make a real difference in their worlds.
- The Law of Optimism.
THE TRUE LEADER RADIATES THE CONFIDENCE THAT ALL DIFFICUTIES CAN BE OVERCOME AND ALL GOALS AND CHALLENGES CAN BE ATTAINED.
Difficulties come not to obstruct, but to instruct. You can become an irrepressible optimist by practicing the habit of optimism whenever they are called for. Optimism is the ability to find something worthwhile in every situation. It has been best defined as "a generally positive and constructive response to stress."
The only things you can control in your life are your responses to the inevitable problems and difficulties you face each day. How you respond to a situation; or how you interpret the situation, determines how you feel about it. Your feelings, your emotions, then determine the clarity and effectiveness of your thoughts and your responses. The more optimistic and positive you are the calmer, more positive, and the more creative you will be.
- The Law of Empathy.
LEADERS ARE SENSITIVE TO AND AWARE OF THE NEEDS, FEELINGS, AND MOTIVATIONS OF THOSE THEY LEAD.
Leaders have high levels of "interpersonal intelligence." They are constantly aware of the thoughts, feelings, and possible reactions of others to the things they do and say. They take time to think about the effects of their decisions on their people before they make them. They recognize that how people feel will largely determine how well they perform.
- The Law of Resilience.
LEADERS BOUNCE BACK FROM THE INEVITABLE SETBACKS, DISAPPOINTMENTS, AND TEMPORARY FAILURES EXPERIENCED IN THE ATTAINMENT OF ANY WORTHWHILE GOAL.
Life is a continuous succession of problems and difficulties. There is no success without temporary failure. Setbacks and disappointments are inevitable and unavoidable. Your ability to respond positively and constructively to adversity will prove how far you have come as a person. Keep reminding yourself, "It's not how far you fall, but how high you bounce, that counts!"
- The Law of Independence.
LEADERS KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WHAT THEY BELIEVE IN, AND THEY THINK FOR THEMSELVES.
Leaders tend to be independent in their thinking. They are very clear about their values, their goals, and their personal missions. They are clear about what they stand for and believe in. They don't deviate from their values for any reason, especially the core values of integrity and responsibility.
- The Law of Emotional Maturity.
LEADERS ARE CALM, COOL, AND CONTROLLED IN THE FACE OF PROBLEMS, DIFFICULTIES, AND ADVERSITY.
Leaders recognize that all you can do is your best. If a situation doesn't work out, then so be it. You do not go into fits of anger or recrimination when things go against you. You have a calm, healthy view of yourself. You can strive for higher goals and objectives, yet accept failure along the way.
Emotional maturity requires that you like and respect yourself. You have a positive self-image. You are able to endure the criticism and disapproval of other people without being bothered too much. You are able to do without either appreciation or rewards if they don't come immediately.
- The Law of Superb Execution.
LEADERS ARE COMMITTED TO EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE OF THE BUSINESS TASK AT HAND AND TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT.
Leaders set standards of excellence for everyone who reports to them. They are ruthless about weeding out incompetence and poor performance. Leaders demand quality work and insist that people do their jobs well. They have punishing schedules and derive thrill and happiness by setting high standards for themselves and completing the assigned tasks.
Leaders identify their core competencies, the vital tasks they do that are responsible for them being in business. They continually look for ways to upgrade these core competencies to assure that they maintain a competitive edge in the market place.
- The Law of Foresight.
LEADERS HAVE THE ABILITY TO PREDICT AND ANTICIPATE THE FUTURE.
Foresight is the ability to analyze the current situation and to accurately predict what is likely to happen as a result. The best leaders are those who continually look down the road and prepare carefully for possible reversals well in advance of them taking place.
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I have an experience & expertize of around 25 years in Human Resource. Presently, with Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry as JOINT DIRECTOR-HUMAN RESOURCES. I write frequently on several magazines like Express Hospitality, Hospitalitybiz, Business Manager.