What Is Leadership?

As we begin a new year of team leading and management courses, let’s take a look at what it means to be a leader.The word ‘leadership’ can bring a variety of images to mind. For example:A political leader, pursuing a passionate, personal cause.An executive, developing their company’s strategy to beat the competition.Leaders help themselves and others to do the right things. They set direction, build an inspiring vision, and create something new. Leadership is about mapping out where you need to go to ‘win’ as a team or an organisation; and it is dynamic, exciting and inspiring.Leaders set the direction, but also must use their management skills to guide their people to the right destination, in a smooth and efficient way.What makes an effective leader?Different people have different ideas about what makes an effective leader. According to one leadership model, an effective leader is someone who:Creates an inspiring vision of the futureMotivates and inspires people to engage with that visionManages delivery of the visionCoaches and builds a team, so that it is more effective at achieving the visionLeadership brings together the skills needed to do these things. You can learn the skills to be an effective leader, as long as you understand the various approaches to leadership. Think you have the makings of a strong leader? Ask your Job Centre advisor about our team leading courses.

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