Leadership and what affects it
Leadership is all about creating the space where people are willing and able to share and combine their talents and passions to achieve a common goal!
OK, but how does leaders emerge?
So, What makes an effective leader?
- Transactional leadership is the basic form of leadership, and it’s based on an exchange relationship between the leader and the follower. Essentially, if the follower works hard, then the leader provides a reward. If they don’t, then they’re punished.
Transactional leadership works best when the leader provides clear instructions and enough resources to do the work.
When there are rewards contingent on the behavior, and when the leader actively monitors the performance to make sure that any errors or reduced performance is caught at the right time.
Other theories call this type of leadership – Task-oriented leadership – where the focus of the leader is at the task in hand and how it could be improved, optimized, completed in the best possible way.
- So what is transformational leadership?
Well, once you’ve got the basics down, and people know what they’re doing, and they’re reinforced for doing the correct behaviors through transactional
- Individualized consideration – it is about knowing who your followers are as individuals, and developing their skills and knowledge.
- Intellectual stimulation – means that you’re challenging your followers, giving them difficult and complex tasks, and encouraging creativity and innovation.
- Inspirational motivation – is about setting a vision and linking that to the day to day goals of the group. And about being optimistic and enthusiastic.
- Idealized influence – which was originally called charisma and involves standing up for what you believe in, discussing your values and your ethical stances.
Some theories call this the “People-oriented leadership” – where the focus of the leader is at people, their abilities, potential, motivation and success
In summary, leader effectiveness is about both managing people and inspiring them.
SO, NOW WHAT?
Well… just pick one…
Do you Like what I do? Help me do more of it…
Can you think of a person or organization, that could benefit from this? Share it with them…
WHAT IS PERFORMANCE COACHING?
- Performance Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her own performance.
- It is helping them to get clarity and motivation, and understand rather than teaching them.
- A performance coach does not judge people based on results, instead looks at how one can get better results, because no matter what results are achieved, there is always room for improvement.
- Performance Coaching Process creates self-confidence and self-government teams.
- Coaching people bets on partnership and collaboration instead of command and control.
- It is a conversation between equals.
- It is a thought-provoking and creative process to maximize personal and professional potential.
Coaching someone means to believe in his or her capabilities, resourcefulness, and potential , which allows you to focus on strengths, solutions and future success instead of losses, risk, weaknesses and past mistakes.
A coaching style of leadership requires connecting with other people on a personal – human level…beyond the task.
It means being, before doing.
It means stop thinking that the leader must be the expert and always knows how to do things the best way…
Understanding that the leader’s job is to unlock the ability of his followers to do what it takes, to motivate them and to understand them, is at the core of the coaching leadership style
Three things essentially determine performing well at anything you do:
- Your Knowledge and Abilities
- Having available all the needed Resources and Tools to properly execute the task
- Your Personal Motivation to do it.
So let us look at those one by one:
- One will be able to perform only if he / she has the necessary skills and knowledge to do a certain task. These can include cognitive abilities, physical skills and knowledge acquired through education and experience.
- A person will only be able to execute a task, if he or she has everything in place, needed to physically achieve it. Think in terms of tools and resources. Let say you need to create a presentation. Besides the obvious stuff like a computer and a software program for presentations etc., you will need the time to do it…
- One will need the will to do the task. Skills, knowledge and means alone will not lead to good result. The person could have all the needed and all the knowledge but if lacking the will to do it, at the best-case scenario, the result will be mediocre. If we take the example from above, if the person do not actually believe in the importance of the mentioned presentation, or thinks it is not his or her job to do it, he or she will lack the needed motivation to do it with the needed quality.
YES, as you imagine, getting motivated is one of the goals of PERFORMANCE COACHING … (you could find more about motivation here) …
SO, NOW WHAT?
Well… just pick one…