8 Qualities of an Effective Leader
Aside from whether or not you like his political views the question arises as to whether or not Trump is an effective leader.
When one has the power to make choices that clearly create a ripple effect in a hierarchal structure and also which affects others, the person who has made these decisions has taken on the role of a leader. The concept of leadership is explored in great detail in the book Conscious Capitalism in the Teachings of Lewis Harrison”.
Let’s explore the concept of leadership here.
Many people believe that leadership is having the power or ability to tell others what to do. This is often the definition of “bad leadership”. Effective leadership is a practical skill, regarding the ability of an individual or organization to “lead” or guide other individuals, teams, or entire organizations. There is no one best system of leadership. In fact there are many contradictory, paradoxical and controversial viewpoints among Eastern and Western experts on leadership. There are even differences between the in this domain US vs. Europe.
In US academic environments leadership is often defined as, “a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid, and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. Leadership seen from a European and non-academic perspective encompasses a view of a leader who can be moved both by communitarian goals but also by the search for personal power.
Here are some core concepts concerning leadership as seen from the perspective of Applied Game Thinking
- Leadership is not the Same as Management:
- Leadership and management are often confused, but the difference is more than semantic.
- A leader’s job is to create and enunciate a vision and to inspire followers to pursue it.
- The manager’s job is to make the vision tangible.
- Some leaders may coincidentally be good managers, but a sterling manager doesn’t necessarily have the charismatic leadership gene.
- Some people may be born managers, but most only master the skill by painful experience. Humiliating mistakes are inevitable and necessary.
- A manager learns that having the right idea or strategy isn’t the goal, but is only; the obligatory first step in the process.
- Getting the plan or deal or product or service executed properly is the job of an effective leader.
In order to be an effective leader one must have the skill to put the right people in the right roles, anticipating what might go wrong and having a fallback to deal with disasters, and closely monitoring the unfolding process.
Responsibilities have to be delegated, but the savvy manager knows that anything at any time can jump up and bite you in the behind.
Even the most brilliant team members have weaknesses and skill limitations. The successful manager has both the intellectual and intuitive sense to isolate these qualities and place these individuals in positions where they can succeed and prosper despite these challenges. Some people seem to be at the top of their game in routine situations. They exhibit “perfection” on every level, and yet under pressure, they may become shaky, even “crashing”. Others may seem sloppy or careless, but masterful in a crisis. Some leaders turn into cowards in chaos and yet those who seem to lack all leaderships skills may rise to the occasion in this same situation. The best managers soon learn through experience who is who, where, and when.
Even a brilliant leader may lack the skills to manage a multi-layered organization steeped in internal politics, competition and hierarchy.
Old and archaic organizations may function with over-engineered or overdone rules, codes, and processes and confusing and complicated, so-called, best practices based on outdated technology. Often simple tasks may be addressed in a fashion that leads to a chain reaction leading to new challenges, obstacles, and administrative nightmares. In this structure the Peter Principle rules – people are elevated and promoted to their level of incompetence. Behind the scenes, one may find backstage handling of the problems that have has been so cloaked that there is no cost effective way to know how any of these routine management errors came to be. Maybe they were just made up to address an immediate crisis without thought of long-term consequences.
Of course many seemingly effective leaders are simply evil or cheaters.
A Recommended film to study positive leadership skills that require dealing with strong, authoritative personalities in a highly competitive environment is the movie: The Seven Samurai. This is a 1954 Japanese historical drama adventure film co-written, edited, and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The story takes place in 1586 during the Warring States Period of Japan. It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven leadersless samurai, each with a different and often competing agenda to combat bandits. Since its release, Seven Samurai has consistently ranked as one of the most “remade, reworked, referenced” films in the cinema.
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