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Effective leaders are versatile actors

Leadership can take many forms, but my focus here is on those who are involved in managing people. It means coordinating and motivating the actions of others to achieve a common goal.

It sounds easy but - one of the most difficult of all tasks. Most leaders have a natural leadership style.

The style of leadership taken by any leader is usually shaped by the personality and motivational values of that person. However, the way towards successful leadership is to adapt your personal style to meet the needs and styles of people and varying situations to achieve a predetermined outcome.

Sorry if I sound theoretical but I think it was important to present the idea in the right context.

People and situations keep evolving

Can a leader be a constant individual team member and each person is different from the other. The leader has to provide leadership in every aspect. I mean the thinking and behaviour of each individual is different.

Every day brings out a new challenge, challenges keep evolving and people keep changing. So how can a leader deal with every situation and every team member in the same way with a constant style and achieve the same outcome. Every leader has a combination of leadership styles but one style will always be predominantly stronger and a more natural way to lead.

A leaderís style may also blend of his main strength, combined with his other not-so-strong styles.

A wise leader will understand the strengths and weaknesses of hisleadership style and use team members with different styles to bring balance and greater efficiency in meeting the shared goal.

When you inherit a style or overly influenced by another person, you may find yourself feeling frustrated and on-edge. You may have the feeling that you are trying to be someone you are not. You will do well to remember that leadership isnít something that you do, it is an expression of who you are.

Learn about it and then try applying various styles to find the style that works best for you, your team and your organisation.

A word of caution - do not try to make your preferred/(natural) style fit all circumstances. Remain flexible to alter your style to fit a particular situation you find yourself in. Every style has its opportunity and challenges.

Different leadership styles

Great leaders have exhibited different kinds of leadership styles.

All these leadership styles are beneficial depending on how they are used.

Great leaders are visionary people who achieve results using people.

They exhibit authority and instill confidence in team members. Circumstances make men, just as much as men make circumstances. Some leaders are democratic, allowing team members to air the opinions. Some are dictatorial, explaining what they want from their teams for team members to execute.

All styles have opportunity and challenges and may be used in certain circumstances.

Great leaders share some features in common

Experience is their priceless jewel which enables them to be in control of situations.

Their functions are the same irrespective of their field, that is, to lead others purposefully and achieve objectives.

Although there is much more to successful leadership than selecting the right style, the situational component of leadership is crucial to success.

The more you gauge the impact of decisions on team members and how technically self-sufficient they are, the better will be your leadership.

Leadership success certainly cannot be guaranteed, but knowing when and when not to use a particular style will greatly enhance your capacity to succeed. Knowing what to do and when to do is half the battle won. How to do is easier when you have acquired and developed the styles that work best for you.

A successful actor is one who can play any given role as natural as possible.

An effective leader is one who can adapt a style to suit the situation and diversity of team members which is a must to perform under varying conditions. Hold on.. donít jump to conclusions yet.

A leader lives that life - whereas an actor portrays someone elseís life. So there is a fundamental difference. I know you understand that fundamental difference well!

 

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