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  Visit hrmba.blogspot.com for more Visithrmba.blogspot.comfor more Good leaders are made not born .If you have the desire andwillpower ,you can become an effective leader.good leadersdevelop through a never-ending process of self study, education,training and experience. This guide will help you through thatprocess. to inspire your people into higher levels of teamwork,there are certain things you must be, know ,and ,do. These do notcome naturally, but are acquired through continual work andstudy. The best leaders are continually working and studying toimprove their leadership skills.Before we get started, les define leadership. Leadership is acomplex process by which a person influences others toaccomplish a mission, task or objective and directs theorganization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Aperson carries out this process by applying his or her leadershipattributes (belief, values, ethics, character, knowledge, andskills). Although your position as a manager, supervisor, lead, etc.gives you the authority to accomplish certain tasks and objectivesin the organization, this power does not make you a leader... itsimply makes you the boss. Leadership makes people want toachieve high goals and objectives, while, on the other hand,bosses tell people to accomplish a task or an objective. Bass' (1) theory of leadership states that there are threee basicways to explain how people become leaders, the first two explainthe leadership development for a small number of people. These 1  theories are: Some personality traits may lead people naturallyinto leadership roles. tgis is THE TRAIT THEORY.Crisis or important event may cause a person to rise to theoccasion, which brings extraordinary leadership qualities in anordinary person. This is THE GREAT EVENT THEORY. People canchoose to become leaders. People can learn leadership skills. Thisis THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP THEORY. It is mostwidely acceplted theory today and the premise on which thisguide is based.When a person is deciding if he respects you as a leader, hedoes not think about youe attributes. He observes what you do sothat he can know who you really are. He uses this observation totell if you are an honourable and trusted leader, or a self servingperson who misuses his or her authority to look good and getpromoted. Self serving leaders are not as effective because theiremployees only obey them, not follow them. They succeed inmany areas because they present a good image to their seniors atthe expense of their people.The basis of good leadership is honourable character andselfless service to your organization . In your employees' eyes, Your leadership is everything you do that affects theorganizations objectives and their well being. A respected leaderconcentrates on what she is [be] (beliefs and character), what sheknows job, tasks, human nature), and what she does (implement,motivate, provide direction).What makes a person follow a leader? People want to guided bythose they respect and those who have a clear sense of direction.to gain respect, they must be ethical. A sense of direction isachieved by conveying a strong vision of the future. 2  TWO MOST IMPORTANT KEYS OFLEADERSHIP Hay's study examined over 75 key components of employeesatisfaction. They found that: trust and confidence in topleadership was the single most reliable predictor of employeesatisfaction in an organization. Effective communication byleadership in three critical areas was the key to win organizationaltrust and confidence: helping the employees understand thecompany's overall business strategy. Helping employeesunderstand how they contribute to achieving key businessobjectives. Bring information with employees on both how thecompany is doing and how an own employee's division is doing -relative to strategic business objectives. So basically, you must be trustworthy and you have to be ableto communicate a vision of where you are going. Notice how the PRINCIPLES OF LEADERSHIP in the next section closely ties inwith this.HUMAN RELATIONSThe six most important words: i admit i made a mistake. The five most important words: you did a good job. The four most important words: what is your opinion. The three most important words: if you please. The two most important words: thank you. The one most important word: we. The least most important word: i. 3  TO HELP YOU BE, KNOW, AND DO, (2) FOLLOW THESE ELEVENprinciples of leadership (later sections will expand on gaining aninsight into these principles and providing tools to perform them):Know yourself and seek self-improvement means continuallystrengthening your attributes. This can be accomplished throughreading, self-study, classes,etc.be technically proficient. As aleader,you must know your job and have a solid familarity withyour employees' jobs. Seek responsibility and take responsibilityof your actions. Search for ways to guide your organisation to newheights. And when things go wrong, they will sooner or later, donot blame others. Analyze the situation, take corrective action,and move on to the next challenge. Make sound and timelydecisions. Use good problem solving, decision making andplanning tools. Set the example. Be a good role model for youremployees. They must not only hear what they are expected to dobut also see. Know your people and look out for their well-being.Know human nature and importance of sincerely caring for yourworkers. Keep your people informed. Know how to communicatewith your people within the organization.Develop a sense of responsibility in your people. Develop goodcharacter traits within your people that will help them carry outtheir professional responsibilities. Ensure that tasks areunderstood, supervised, and accomplished. Communication is thekey to this responsibility. Train your people as a team. Althoughmany so called leaders call their organization, department,section, etc. A team; they are not really teams... they are just agroup of people doing their jobs. Use the full capabilities of yourorganization. By developing a team spirit, you will be able toemploy your organization,department, section, etc. to its fullestcapabilities. 4
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