Effective Leadership Skills is crucial for the success of either a business. company or a sports team. Here the key aspects of what makes a successful leader, these are the qualities that all good leaders possess.
1. ‘Great Communication Skills’ – Great leaders are effective communicators they understand how to inspire people and get the correct message across to the team and a large audience.
2. Lead from the ‘Front’ and ‘Back’ – An effective leader understands that it is important to set a clear example through hard work and determination, but also encourages and limits up the team, so the team members can also step up their game when it is necessary. The Star or Captain of the team are clear examples of this. Alexander the Great has said, “An army of sheep led by a lion is far superior to an army of lions led by a sheep”. The leaders role is to bring people to the ‘Right Direction’, also encouraging his people to work harder and motivate them to become the best. The leaders job is to make everyone around him better, through encouragement, direction, learning to give out tasks which best suite the team members strengths.
3. ‘A Role Model’ – The leader consistently performs the tasks that are given out towards excellence. The leader needs to have the respect of the team members, so this will encourage the Team Members to perform their duties to the fullest of their capabilities.
4. ‘Remain Calm under Pressure’ – a leader is strong enough to thrive under harsh conditions and not be broken when times are tough. Martin Luther King Jr. has stated, “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”. This is stating that the opportunity lies where the challenge is, leaders thrive under challenges. Another example of a historic story, when Napoleon was sent to his first battle, the generals that sent him, expected him to die, but he thrived under the circumstance. One more example when Hernan Cortes ordered his men to ‘burn of the hips’, so they had no choice, but to fight the natives to survive, his army thrived and won the battle. A leader’s confidence in himself ultimately decides the outcome of the battle, we must understand the psychology that human beings when given ‘no choice’, our survival instinct is to fight. The more badly we want to survive, the more ways we will come up to fight, so when we are faced with danger, we will eventually bring out our full potential. It is a ‘survival instinct’. Similarly a mother bird will suddenly become fierce, when someone is trying to harm her nest.
5. Give Positive Feedback and Support – A leader is to make his team or her team, better through constructive criticism. When something goes wrong, the leader does not put down the team members, the leader compliment what a member did right and gives ways in how the task can be performed better. This way performing tasks becomes a learning process. Criticism should only be given when the team member is lazy and deliberately disobeying orders or not performing given tasks to the deadline.
6. Gives Strength and Protects the Team – A leader is the strongest in a team, not necessary physically, by definitely ‘Psychologically and Mentally’, Napoleon, Vladmir Putin are all small men, but their charisma and strength of character help them to lead successful countries. Similarly a great example of a strong leader is Teddy Roosevelt, his vigorous adventurous spirt and his shining charisma was admired by millions of American people. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deals which gave the United States the drive to overcome the Great Depression and become the richest country in the world after the Second World War, a leader’s job is someone who will help others to live a better life, improve the country and provide a better living for the people. A good leader will have happy people under his leadership, strength of character and the ability to protect the team members or people under a crisis defines what it means to become a ‘true leader’.