What is Leadership?
‘Leader’ versus ‘Manager’
There are so many different views on the definition of Leadership. Our opinions will differ from others – and that’s okay – there is no blanket definition. Our views and the practices we implement, derive from years of observation, interaction and simply through our own experiences.
From leadership within a boardroom to a workshop, within social and personal settings, this blog post will only just touch on the ins and outs of our opinions.
So why do we need leadership?
Effective leadership ensures that things get done, yet also impacts how things get done. It’s the impact on people, and how they respond. Most people look for direction, clarity and confidence to get there.
Leaders and Managers can (but shouldn’t) play two very different roles. Being a leader does not depend on your hierarchy within on the organisational chart. Managers can lack leadership and great leaders can appear in non-management roles.
Successful businesses need Managers who are skilled in effective Leadership. Why?
Not only do Managers set the direction of the business, they also need to ensure that everybody else follows that direction. To lead is to: influence, involve, understand, communicate, challenge, ask, develop, empower, inspire, care, reward… and so on.
Perhaps one of the most significantly important functions of a Leader, is to consistently empower others (i.e. team, peers etc.) to perform confidently, and to their full potential. Observing an effective team at maximum productivity, through instilling empowerment and confidence, is a reflection of a powerful Leader.
Equally important, is the ability to lead change. Successful businesses will always be experiencing some form of constant change –competitive advantage cannot be preserved without it. Whether it’s technology, economy, competitors, supply and demand, services, people etc., the idea of change is daunting to most.
This is where the importance of leading change versus the mentality of ‘change management’ is critical. To lead change is to provide a platform of transparency, communication, involvement and ownership.
What is the key influence of successful change? Leaders.
Observing how people interact, will often give you an immediate insight into a Manager’s leadership style.
One of our focuses at Complete360, is to help businesses grow and develop Leaders – after all, the two most critical functions in business today are people, and knowledge.