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6 Prerequisites for Success in Leadership

Every organization needs strong leaders to succeed, but it takes more than an outgoing person to lead a successful team. Leadership can be seen simply as the ability to influence the behaviors of others. Leadership skills must be built by communicating with team members, subordinates and management, and through a commitment to lives, to the business and to other aspects, values we should hold in ransom.

Below is a compendium of the essential elements needed by every individual to consolidate a good leadership.

The six elements needed to be a successful leader are:

1. A Defined Vision or Purpose. This means more than just writing a mission statement and communicating it. An organizations vision must exist on every level within the organization. The three are:
• From a big-picture it means having a corporate mission, goals, and objectives.
• At a department level it means having specific objectives that coexist with the values and goals of the entire organization.
• At a professional level it means detailed job descriptions for every employee so they know exactly what is expected of them and how it relates to the overall corporate mission.

Focusing on your vision and goals in this way allows you to understand the organization from a global perspective and then take it down to the smallest detail to see how everything and everyone fits within that structure.

2. A System of Communication. To achieve organizational success it is crucial to have open lines of communication, among team members as well as up through the organization. Top down flow of information and vice versa.

3. Ongoing Team-Building Activities. Making people members of a team isn’t enough. The team leader has to focus the group on working together towards a pur¬pose. This can be done in many ways, such as getting people together to discuss common problems and work on special projects, holding team meetings where participants are encouraged to offer suggestions and ideas, or planning softball games as an external example of how members can work together as a team. Every one is given the chance to act and make tremendous strides in effecting positive change.

4. Enthusiasm. A leader needs to like what he or she’s doing to be successful. That means being excited about the business, the project or the activity – and communicating that to team members effectively. By this, they share your vision and follow you with out reserve.

5. Positive Expectancy. Leaders must believe they can succeed at what they are doing and they must communicate that to the employees or to their assemblies. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you say you can do it your followers will believe you. Don’t forget a leader is measured by his ability to keep his word.

6. Commitment to Action. As a consultant I spend 50% of my time doing analysis of what’s wrong, 10% figuring out how to fix it, and 40% trying to convince management they ought to do it. It’s great to know all this stuff, but if you don’t do anything with it the system falls apart. (JCI 2003)

In as much as the recommendations above are vivid, it gives room for socialization. Humor, jokes, games and flexibility also play sweeping roles in leadership. Like Abraham Lincoln would say “My policy is to have no policy.” Meaning he would be flexible and not rigid or strict.

Leading is definitely not easy. Our powers to motivate, reinvent ourselves and others or balance all the weights in our lives are far more demanding than we could imagine. Effective leaders know that they get the best efforts out of people by working with them … by helping them to do their best … by showing them how to be more productive.

If one sentence could summarize all the statements above, then it will be.” Service to humanity is the best work of life”

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  1. kibonen Nfi
    March 9, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Nice one bro. Keep up. I loved it and learned a lot. Stay blessed and I await more

    • March 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      Thanks sis. I hope to be up to the task

  2. Francois
    August 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thanks Coach.

    I like and learn more.

    • August 12, 2011 at 6:10 pm

      Merci mon frère. Nous restons ensembles

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