There is need to have a balance between leadership development and natural leadership qualities. To be a leader means to stand out among the rest, to be a role model. It means to show the way during times of darkness, to be able to find a solution for every problem.
Just as clouds bring rain, so do crises help in leadership development. This coincides with Martin Luther King Jr’ famous words: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. Most of us would rather run or avoid facing obstacles in life and yet these challenges help you in leadership development.
As a leader you must be capable of developing appropriate strategies that will fully tackle a problem and create a control system meant to avoid future encounters with the same. You need to know and understand group characteristics and needs as well as have enough information about the available resources. This way you can effectively delegate duties and responsibilities as well as allocate resources to the right persons.
To enhance your personal leadership development you must be able to control the people through the organizational framework that are in place. Better still improve on the existing structures. You should be in a position to predict and determine results by counseling, motivation and involving members in setting policies and goals. A job well done voluntarily is ten times better than forced labor. George S.Patton says: Do not tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.
It is just amazing how results can change if only managers worked on their leadership development and avoid being dictators. One granted with a huge responsibility needs to realize that he/she is not bestowed with a lot of power but is rather privileged to be able to serve his people better.
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