The Essence of Leader
Generic Forms of Leadership
A useful Guide towards helping aspiring Leaders on how to Lead, but more importantly on how to create Unity,Strength, and Efficiency on their Teams.
THE ESSENCE OF A LEADER
GENERIC FORMS OF LEADERSHIP
A commander is one who is in charge of giving out specific orders on the basis of achieving an objective, and making sure that the objective is carried out in a specific and orderly fashion.
· A Leader on the other hand, is one who displays confidence in himself as with his team by gaining the respect and trust of his or her own unit by leading through hard work, and dedication. He/she is a prime example of what a motivated team player is and should be. This is why it is said that a Leader must always lead by example!!! WHY DO THIS? A Leader that leads by example gains trust from all its members of his team/unit, and thus gains their respect in the process which then allows him to establish a sense of union, camaraderie, and pride, but more importantly it builds a stronger sense of belonging, because when you feel that you belong to something you tend to have a much greater purpose to serve that which you belong to.
A true Leaders skill is based on that individuals ability to find the weakest link and remedy it as soon as possible; thus, making the Unit in the process a more cohesively efficient, and much stronger Team. A Leader is one who has mastered the art of communication by creating a specific channels of communication by which he or she can confidentially be accessed and most of all be understood. His team needs to know why certain goals need to be met in a specific way of order.
SETTING THE FOUNDATION FOR LEADERSHIP
If a Leader is not clear as to how and what tasks need to be done in order to reach a specific goal or mission, then that Unit will fail to execute that mission and thus be ¨broken.¨ In order to prevent this “brokenness” a leader must put in place a certain “chain of command” and a certain code ( or Ethos) to which that Unit must abide by.(Who is in charge of what, what are his/hers responsibilities, and to what standards of conduct are these individuals being held up to?) A chain of command is more than just an organizational chart that determines the hierarchy of an organization or institution; it is a standardized way of creating specific channels of communication as well as strategic points of responsibility in order to avoid confusion and chaos.