What Makes a Leader?
Leaders who elevate and guide the organization can draw and show the path the organization should take. I will show you not only short-term ones but also medium- to long-term ones.
A good organization is one that has a strong team, can share wisdom, and can produce results.
The point here is to achieve greater results with multiple people (organizations)! If you switch from a job that was completed by an individual to a job that is done by an organization, you will be able to achieve many times the results that you can achieve by yourself.
A talented person who can work as a member does not always become a leader. Also, the qualities of becoming a leader are not personal, such as charisma, but are something that everyone can acquire through learning and experience. The ability to be a leader is being required to be acquired by everyone in corporate activities. For this reason, not only managers but also candidates for next managers and young employees are being expanded to include leader training.
- What is leadership?
Leaders who enhance and guide the organization are required to have high leadership skills.
- Draw and show the path that the organization should take
- Bring out and utilize each person’s abilities
- Create organizational abilities
- Create a good organizational culture
- Visualize abnormalities and perform preventive management
- What is the role of the leader?
Leaders are required to play the following roles. If you are a manager or a team leader, please remember this role.
- Set a goal:
A leader is like a captain sailing the ocean. The ship cannot reach anywhere unless the captain sets a goal called the destination.
Therefore, a big part of the leader’s role is to set organizational goals. Conversely, if you do not set this goal, you cannot lead your organization anywhere.
- Improve the environment of the organization:
Next, the role of the leader is to improve the organization. For example, it is difficult to successfully lead an organization to its goals without communication between members of the organization.
At the sales company I used to work for, I had to look up the contacts of other sales people myself.
Even if I wanted to contact that sales person, I had a hard time not being able to contact him immediately because I did not know the contact information.
It is also the responsibility of the leader to create an environment where members of the organization can work comfortably
- Set an example:
The role of the leader is to set an example for the members. The leader is a person who sets an example for the members, such as “This job should be done”. If the organization has solid leaders, the members are often solid.
On the other hand, if the leader has a habit of being lazy, the members may be lazy, saying, “Because the leader is lazy, I don’t have to work.
- Encourage members to move independently:
No matter how frantic the leader works to set an example, the results will be limited if the members are not motivated. Therefore, in leadership, it is necessary to encourage members to move independently.
- The leader has the following four skills. This time, I will introduce four skills!
- Independence and judgment: To have a high perspective as the subject and to make appropriate actions and judgments.
- Goal setting / planning ability: Set appropriate goals for a certain purpose and plan for achievement.
- Communication skills: To communicate appropriately with multiple people (organizations) in order to execute the plan
- Problem solving ability: Recognizing and correcting the gap (problem) between plan and execution
- Independence and judgment
In order to tackle a certain purpose independently rather than passively, it is necessary to raise the perspective more than the current situation. If you simply receive instructions and work passively, you will just do what you are instructed to do.
However, if you raise your point of view and think about things from the standpoint of the person who gives you work instructions, you will naturally become independent.
- Goal setting / planning ability
If you do not set goals, you will not be able to give specific work instructions to other members. In addition, if you do not have a plan for who will do what and by when to achieve your goals, you will not be able to give instructions.
Leaders need goal-setting and planning skills that they do not need if they just work according to the goals and plans set by others.
- Communication skills
You did not need much communication skills to do a certain job by yourself, but when you need to use the power of others (organizations) to achieve your goals, communication always occurs.
Since you ask others (organizations) to do the goals and plans you are thinking of, you need communication skills from the other person’s perspective, such as what to tell and how to convey 100%, and whether you can execute it 100%.
- Problem solving ability
Even if the plan made to achieve the goal can be executed as it is, the goal cannot be achieved in many cases. It is difficult to make a perfect plan and the situation changes every day.
If things do not go according to your original plan and it is difficult to reach your goals, you need to find and solve problems.
Problem-solving skills are essential skills to guide an organization to achieve its goals as a leader.
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