Discuss about qualities of an effective leader, characteristics of an effective leader and leadership model.
An effective leader is an individual with an emotion for a reason that is larger than they are. A leadership must have values that are life-giving to the society. Hence, in this study the researcher would analysis the qualities and characteristic of a leader that are strongly influenced within the workplace. However, often the leaders fail to adjust own strategies as per the business situations. Henceforth, the author would examine the characteristics with giving an example of real life leader who has succeed in his business by adopting effective leadership strategies.
Qualities of an effective leader
A good leader is a salient character who is trustworthy to lead others which is of utmost gravity for a leader. A good leader needs to be relied and be known to live life with integrity and honesty. According to Puccio, Mance & Murdock (2010), the individual is enthusiastic in their work and also about the role of a leader. Therefore, people will rejoin more freely to a person of dedication and passion. At the same time, a leader needs to be source of motivation. In order to lead over the staffs a leader needs to appear as a confident. Therefore, the person motivates inspires to other.
However, in some cases it has been seen that an effective leader cannot face ambiguity as they are intolerant to face of dilemma in a situation of uncertainty. Therefore, the staffs also suffer from the lack of positive demeanor. An effective leader would focus the main objective and is able to inspect analytically (Spears, 2010). These are the important qualities that make an individual an effective leader.
Characteristics of an effective leader
According to Boyce, Zaccaro & Wisecarver (2010), an effective and good leader must possess a high level of communication skills. The leader must be a good speaker as well as good listener and should communicate all the level of an organisation. Simultaneously, a good leader must have interpersonal skills and earn confidence and trust from the followers. The individual should be flexible to face challenges and adjust environments. Hence, these characteristics help the individuals to be succeed in business.
For an real life example, the CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs is the master of persuasive and effective speaking, implementing various strategies to adapt to differentiate situations and scenarios while delivering consistent messages (News, 2016).
The Path-Goal Theory model shows that how a leader applies strategies within the workplace to be an effective leader. The individual should have directive, participative and supportive behaviour these can give better outcomes (Puccio, Mance & Murdock, 2010). The employee's’ performance and satisfaction is totally influenced by a leader’s skilled behaviour. There are two types of factors that a leader have to overcome, these are environmental contingency factors and subordinate contingency factors. A leader having the latter pre requisite quality is considered to be staff motivator and upholds the flag of the organization. [Refer to Appendix 1]. However, a true leader is hard to detect, especially in the modern instance of intense market competition and diverse nature of workforce.
It could be concluded that an effective leader must have communication and interpersonal skills that would help him to understand the problems and requirement of employees. Therefore, the individual is able to take decisions. In a workplace, there are diversity of culture so that an effective leader should have potentiality to manage and adjust the working environment. A leader could thus follow the path goal theory model in order to be an effective leader to its employees.
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