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“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren Bennis
Leadership can be defined as the ability to adapt the setting so everyone feels empowered to contribute creatively to solving the problems. There have been different types and forms of leaders and leadership methods seen till date from autocratic to democratic. Change is inevitable therefore it is necessary to be up to date with the process. According to me and the knowledge gained so far, leadership is the ability to influence, inspire and motivate others. It is the leader who is responsible for the success and failure of an organisation. It is also the responsibility of the leader the development of the organisation but also the development of each and every individual employee in the organisation. When led by an effective leader, each employee gets the chance to improve themselves and on the whole the organisation. On the whole, an effective leader is the one who creates an inspiring vision, motivates and inspire people to engage with the vision, manages the delivery of vision and coaches and builds a team that is effective in achieving the goal. The meaning of leadership has evolved with time and changes in the modern world. In the beginning there was the situation where “the boss says and the workers do’s”. With time, the pattern has changed and now its more of a friendly relationship than a boss-worker relation. Leaders are believed to develop a bridge between the goals of an organisation and the expectations of the employees. According to my understanding, Altruism is a necessary quality a leader must possess which entails the ability of being able to help others and putting their needs before their own and the willingness to take risks and make sacrifices for their good and benefits. To me, as an individual to lead or to be lead I believe that the following qualities are a must for the success of the group as well as individual success. VISION: Great leaders have vision. A vision to have a clear and exciting idea of where we are going and what we are going to accomplish is very important to guide the team through the process. And also, only when there is clear vision, can the team believe in the leader and follow the instructions. COURAGE: Quality of courage means that the person is willing to take risks for the achievement of goals with no assurance of success. “Courage is rightly considered the foremost of the virtues, for upon it, all others depend.”- Winston Churchill. This saying is the absolute fact about the term courage because, ideas can be given by anyone but the courage to take a step forward and accomplish is what that predicts the success. This is where the leader stands apart. Among all the attributes of a good leader, courage is the most identifiable outward trait. COOPERATION: The ability to get everyone working and pulling together is essential for the success of the group. Making a commitment with every individual is required to get along well with the people and to gain their cooperation. A team is where there are different types of people, to bring all of them together and get the work done successfully is a skill that is possessed by effective leaders. STRATEGIC PLANNING: The ability to look ahead, to anticipate with accuracy where the markets and industries are going is very essential because in the increasing competition only leaders and organisations that can accurately anticipate future markets can possibly survive. Therefore planning well ahead of what is necessary and how things will work out is very essential. Everything and everyone has an inspiration from someone to do something. For me, the inspiration of leadership has been from many great people such Steve Jobs from Apple, the US President Barack Obama, etc. Being from the country of culture and diversity, India, the leader who has been an inspiration right from a young age has been Mahatma Gandhi, ‘the Father of our Nation’. Gandhi is not a role model for leader in India alone but throughout the world his name is used as an ideal example for leadership. Gandhi’s greatest ability was to walk his talk at all the levels. India is known for its diversity, yet all the people unanimously accepted him as their leader and this acceptance was across classes and communities. He practiced what he preached be it whatever. Another major quality was the way he treated everyone. A critical reason for Gandhi’s success was the support he gained across the nation and international borders. A significant reason for this was due to his extraordinary persistence once he had articulated his vision and his methods (Moore, 2011). Working as a team helps in many different ways. Such as it helps you understand the importance of time management, it makes us understand the different perspective of one single situation, helps us learn coordination and cooperation. These are small things but they account the maximum when it comes to an organisation or any profession and all these qualities can be enhanced only in a team. Feedbacks from team mates and peers are so much valuable in reforming oneself. During the course team work I got valuable comments from my colleagues and also some criticism which has helped me realise my strengths and weakness. I have learnt the importance of time management and group coordination from the team work and also have learned to mingle with different people. During the course I have realised that I have to improvise on skills such as strategic planning, risk management and the ability to work with different kinds of people. With prior experience of working in groups, I believe I can build up these skills with experience and guidance. Leadership is an art and as a leader I would love to be a democratic leader, being a friend to my employees than a boss and I believe this will increase the success rates. Also leadership is like learning, a lifelong process. A good leader is the one who is ready to take any amount of risk and to take responsibility for the firm as well as for its employees thus ensuring its success.
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