Sunday, February 6, 2011

A boring paper I wrote on leadership:-)

Leadership

A leader can be defined as someone who guides a group or movement in a particular way. This person is responsible for the performance of those beneath him or her. One way to visualize this would to consider a conductor of an orchestra. That conductor is responsible to make sure all of his players are at the concert or performance to play. If the tubas didn’t show up there would be a major lack of sound in the outcome of the piece. The same concept is true in the fact that a leader is responsible for his employees to show up. It is a lot harder to complete a task if you have a part of your team missing just like the piece of music would be hard to play without every part. The piccolo may not think they are an important part of the orchestra and while they might not be the most important part they are needed to make the end result as beautiful as possible. An employee may not think that they are an important part of getting a job done and as a result may tend to not show up for work a lot. It is up to the leader to make sure that every part, or employee feels needed and that they have an important part in the end result. If a bunch of musicians got together to play an orchestral arrangement and just all started playing at once the result as you can imagine would probably not sound that great. What they need is a conductor to bring each part together, to play in tune with each other, and to come in on their parts in the right areas. The same applies to the group of employees who all come to work without having a leader. They might all be working but without organizational leadership everything would probably not get done, each little important detail that make an operation run smoothly would not have been thought of. That is the responsibility of a leader, to pay attention to the details, to promote teamwork, and to make the end result as good as possible. There are good conductors and there are great conductors, ones that lead community orchestras, and ones that lead prize winning orchestras. The difference lies within the leader and how they choose to most efficiently lead their team in order to have happy, hardworking, employees who love what they do and seek to make their company look as good as it can.

In order to be the affective leader that is able to produce hardworking, happy employees that seek to better their company, one needs a certain skill set. Some of these skills include: a desire to influence other people, self-confidence, intelligence, loyalty, integrity, enthusiasm, to name a few. Having these skills will help you to become a better leader. One of the biggest factors that I believe will make or break you or I as a leader would be the respect that others have for you. If your employees have a large amount of respect for you they will probably do anything you ask with the best of their abilities. The key to gaining respect is not only in having those skills previously mentioned, but by leading by example. If you’re a hard worker, who has enthusiasm for every job no matter how big or small, chances are your employees will to.

Leaders are not judged or graded so to speak on who they are or what they have done, but by who their team is and what their team has accomplished, and how they have affected the organization of which they are a part of. We all can tell a good leader when we see one but do we all have the tools, the skills, and the integrity it takes to be one?