No one we know has a better handle on what makes a dynamic leader, than our own, Senior Strategic Partner, Charles Parnell.  Besides being a very successful senior leader, he has led more leadership development processes than most and has an uncanny way of facilitating change in leaders for well over 35 years.
Enjoy this week’s Power Idea.  

The Dynamics of Leadership

There is meaningful discourse in the country regarding the qualities of leaders. The point is sufficiently made that managers often function as leaders. There is no question that organizations need effective leaders to attain their strategic goals. It is valuable to have a cursory review of leadership qualities that are critical for organizational success.

Leadership in an organization is the ability to influence the actions and behavior of others toward the achievement of organizational goals. Some qualities are: goal-directed, loyal, results-oriented, empathetic and the demonstrated capacity to serve others. The latter quality is referred to as the Servant Leader. It is researched and documented that the vast majority of these qualities are developed. Leaders are made not born! There is a common theme among people who study leadership qualities – leadership is situational. A good leader responds appropriately to the needs of the situation at hand and to the needs and expectations of those involved. They must be able to diagnose a situation and respond to it. When they become aware of their own needs and the needs of others, they more effectively influence the actions and behavior of others toward the attainment of organizational goals.

Leadership is the process of establishing healthy, adult relationships with others based on a mutual commitment toward shared goals and mutual assistance in reaching them. It is based on cooperation not coercion. Effective leaders “get things done”! As mentioned in the foregoing, they are results oriented. However, we must go a step further. They “get things done” by effectively interacting with others. They are the critical link between profits and losses.

The goals of leaders and the organization are clear – to create conditions wherein individuals can set and achieve personal goals while achieving goals of the organization. The effective leader in today’s business world can easily be recognized as one who promotes conditions conductive to growth and development through the organization.  Leaders have the responsibility of helping other leaders achieve results. Ultimately, the results-based leader succeeds because the next generation of leaders exceeds the results of the current generation.

We are in a knowledge-based, interconnected global marketplace. We need effective leaders to lead us to attain the strategic goals that we establish. So, we must recognize their value and support them.

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