How do leaders inspire people to do hard things? Why do people follow them? Successful leaders love what they do. They have the ability to motivate. They have enthusiasm. As an entrepreneurship expert, I firmly believe that enthusiasm is not just a tool; it is the most powerful tool of leadership.
Leadership and Power
Leadership is power. Both is defined as the ability to direct and influence the behavior of others. Through the use of power leaders guide and galvanize the collective. In case of leadership this influence can be based on mandate or personal ability, force or incentives – rooted in power structures, or the converging interests of the group, or the vision of the leader that is appealing to others, like a team, party or nation.
Someone’s define five basis of social power, which are all still relevant for leadership: expert power, the one who knows; reward power, the one who can give; legitimate power, the one who was appointed or elected; referent power, the one who has the sympathy, loyalty etc.; and coercive power, the one who has the authority to take and force others. Leaders can build their influence on one, or more than one but a mix of several of these social power bases. Reciprocity comes into play too – leadership is only in rare and specific cases a one-way street. Power may be utilized in direct or indirect fashion, in personal and impersonal forms. In most cases, the influence of empowered individuals – either through qualities that lie within them, or mandates from outside – and particularly the reasons and reasoning that make others follow the direction given by others is a highly complex matter, and often very individual in nature.
Being a Successful Leader
1. Leaders Create an Atmosphere of Trust
Leaders recognize that trust is earned. Therefore they walk-the-talk consistently and treat people with respect. Successful teams are confident, trusted and supported by their leader. Leaders look out for their team.
2. Leaders Build the Right Team
Strong leaders build strong teams: groups of people who work together in cooperative effort. They adapt their styleto suit any given situation and create an environment where the team flourishes. They also know their strengths and weaknesses(they are self-aware) and those of their team. They play to their team’s strengths.
3. Leaders Keep their Mind On the Big Picture
A good leader doesn’t lose focus and keeps the end goal firmly in mind. They have vision and tirelessly pursue it without getting sidetracked. They are proactive and remove obstacles which get in the way of achieving the vision.
What’s more they show people where they’re heading. People connect with good leaders.
4. Leaders Monitor Performance and Give Feedba
Successful leaders know that setting clear goals and monitoring progress motivates the team and leads to better performance. Furthermore, leaders readily give feedback since it costs nothing to positively encourage or to tackle an area of weakness. They never belittle, criticize or degrade a colleague.
5. Leaders Maintain Open Communication
Leaders know that teams succeed when there is open and honest communication. They encourage creativity, innovation and productivity by opening up communication channels between customer and service provider. They don’t hide problems. Rather they let people know straight away; turning a problem into an opportunity for the team to shine.
A leader exuding enthusiasm and power will directly affect the disposition, motivation, and passion of the team. However, to convince anyone you first must convince yourself. Utilizing power positioning to create a sounder internal self-concept will then lead to a stronger external paradigm. The team is a complex reflection of the leader, as leadership is a role that holds more influence into the lives of those around us that we would like to believe. So be a powerful visionary leading from the ground, build a presence in the workplace and set a lasting example for your team.
Enthusiasm stands as an unequivocally powerful tool in the realm of leadership. Its ability to ignite passion, inspire action, and foster a collaborative spirit among team members is unparalleled. Business consultant can navigate the complex landscape of challenges and opportunities with unwavering dedication, ensuring that their clients not only survive but thrive in the ever-evolving world of business. This fervent energy is infectious, creating a positive work environment that encourages innovation, resilience, and a shared sense of purpose.
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