Is Your Leadership Effective?

Ms Comenthia Williams
September 27, 2011 — 2,016 views  
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By Comenthia M. Williams

Often times, I have heard many people express his or her opinion about what makes a great leader.  Surprisingly, it is rarely discussed about what makes an effective leader.  Unfortunately, it is sometimes the individual that is placed in a leadership role who does not know what being a leader entails.  From my experience, such an individual is more interested about being in authority, rather than, having the qualities to lead by example.  In doing so, the individual does not substantiate any means of providing guidance, motivation, creativity, or freedom for others to excel.

First, be honest with yourself.  Do you want to make a difference in the lives of others?  If so, your chance of becoming an effective leader increases greatly.  In many cases, others are looking for that type of person to follow.  If this does not apply, you may find yourself being in a position as a leader without zeal. 

Positive Solutions to Implement As an Effective Leader:

1.     An effective leader must have the knowledge to perform with efficiency.  It helps to establish a sense of reliance among peers and subordinates. It also enables the leader to exemplify the skills and abilities needed to endure excellence.  Essentially, it should be the foundational basis of why a leader exists.  In possessing this virtue, your position as a leader will present an astounding creditability with meaning and justification.

1.     An effective leader must be open-minded.  This essential trait can be developed if the leader is not born with it.  The leader's willingness to promote a "win-win" relationship will be the determining factor of its impact upon others.  People need to know that their ideas and suggestions are considered regardless of their position.  By doing so, it will increase loyalty, productivity, and broaden a connection of rapport for everyone involved.

1.     An effective leader must be supportive.  Such a leader will display action with words instead of words without action.  In most cases, it will be the driving force for people to ignite their desire to make an improvement or move forward on an idea.  Without the "backbone" of support, it is difficult for the people to prevail.  A motionless momentum will become stagnated and distressed.

1.     An effective leader must gain a partnership.  People are waiting to be paired to a dedicated leader who has "no ceilings" of seeing others reach their full potential.  The effective leader recognizes the importance of fostering the potential of others and works with them.  This established relationship, in some cases, builds to become a lifelong mentoring journey.

These profound aspects of becoming an effective leader draw near to every individual within a leadership role.  The function that each solution carries allows the opportunity for the effective leader to signify "what is" versus "what can be".  Understanding the basis of your role will determine the likeliness of you being effective.  Traditional perspectives of "filling the leader seat" are no longer an element of your success. 



Ms Comenthia Williams

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Comenthia M. Williams is an innovative and experienced professional with over a 10- year background in delivering and implementing compliance strategies and training programs. Her specializations are: Disability, Benefits, and Coaching.