Sunday, November 18, 2018

Leadership and Vision


       According to Deep Patel's Forbes writing "11 Powerful Traits of A Successful Leader," he outlines the basic traits of a successful leader. Successful leaders are the muscle and brainpower behind all organizations, and they provide vision that controls their brand around hazards. These leaders have to know when to take hold of opportunities and how to motivate employees to work hard toward achieving company goals and objectives. Productive leaders are given the title of "manager" or "boss," and they have found a way to accomplish the correct blend of charisma, enthusiasm, and self – reliance. Also, a strong amount of luck and timing probably helped too. It could appear that some are just gifted with these abilities, however, the simple fact is most leadership traits can be learned and honed with time and practice. A leader can start constructing his or her success by developing these 11 necessary traits of a powerful and successful leader.
     Of these 11 traits, the first is self - management.  Without the ability to manage oneself, it is hard to manage others productively. A successful leader is able to prioritize goals and objectives, and set guidelines for achieving these desired outcomes. Time management, attention and emotional maturity, and awareness of strengths, weaknesses, and possible areas of difficulty are all traits that embody a successful leader. Successful leaders are well - endowed to regulate stress and provide balance between their personal and professional lives. However, productive leaders must be able to provide compassion and respond to people and events in an appropriate manner. Self control and discipline are mandatory traits that should avoid developing into too modest or non - compliant behaviors.
       The second trait of  successful leader is acting strategically. Leaders must think towards the future and have an open mind. Leaders must prepare to adjust their strategies to take hold of oncoming opportunities or face unexpected challenges. Having the ability to think strategically is a continuous process that involves evaluating the business environment. There are various ways to act strategically. One, leaders should always be curious and focused on the company and the outside business environment. Two, it is important to have a flexible mindset towards embarking on new ideas and possibilities. Third, leaders should remain focused on the future and think about the company's current conditions of operation. Lastly, leaders should always sustain a positive outlook.
       Furthermore the third trait of a successful leader is to know the right time to talk and the correct time to listen. Effective communicators have the ability to clearly and concisely explain to employees all things ranging from organizational goals to certain tasks. If people are not able understand or lack awareness of your expectations, then they will not be able to achieve the desired objective. If a leader is more detailed, then it will be easier for others to comprehend. A successful communicator should have the ability to communicate on all levels. Levels ranging from one on one, to the department and entire staff, by phone, e - mail, and social media are all areas where an effective communicator should be able to correspond. Communication is constructed on a constant flow of verbal and nonverbal exchanges of ideas and information. Therefore, all leaders should focus on being approachable and involving people from all different levels.
       Moreover, the fourth trait of all successful leaders is being accountable and responsible. Power and authority should be used and managed accordingly by all successful leaders. Employees should not be overwhelmed nor felt overpowered by leadership. Effective leaders should take responsibility and be accountable for their own mistakes, and others should do so as well. Successful leaders have the ability to work within established procedures while remaining productive and efficient in their decision making skills. All productive leaders should support and recognize the importance of promoting individual efforts while guiding others to stay within rules and policies. An effective leader will maintain balance of different outlooks while taking necessary action as well.
       Moving on, the fifth trait is setting clear goals and persisting in achieving them. Obtaining charisma can be easily obtained by setting clear goals and maintaining determination and purpose while achieving those goals. Self confidence is a major factor as well. If a leader radiates enthusiasm and expresses excitement about what he or she is attempting to accomplish, others will naturally be attracted towards you. Keeping an accurate account of desired goals and objectives is a large factor in the overall success of the individual and company. However, time is always an aspect in goal achievement. If a leader shows withdrawal from a goal, others will do so as well. For a leader to be successful, that leader must have the will to keep persisting when others feel like quitting.
      In addition, the sixth trait is possessing a vision. Great leaders possess the ability to see into the future of the company and make clear, concise goals that will benefit the organization. The leader is confident, positive, and stimulates enthusiasm in those around them. A visionary embodies the trait of being able to manage change while maintaining a balance between stabilization and growth. New changes must be incorporated without getting distracted from the main goals. The role of visionary means understanding that change is constantly going on all around, and past strategies may not work well towards future objectives. Successful leaders must be remain adaptable and flexible as the implementation of new strategies occurs allowing the business model to develop accordingly.
       And, the seventh trait is being able to manage complexity. Problem solving and smart decision making while swiftly shifting changes occur are characteristics that successful leaders must possess. Many environments are very complex, and leaders need to know how to lead effectively. Even before definitive information is presented, great leaders must evaluate the complexity of the situation and select the most correct direction.
       Furthermore, the eight trait is fostering creativity and innovation. Leaders must possess the will power to risk experimentation and encourage creativity. This will enable innovation that will guide the organization to new levels surpassing the twists and turns of an evolving business environment. Leaders must be persistent in staying focused on goals and staying open and flexible to ideas on how to reach those goals. The leader should encourage surrounding people to sacrifice at least 15 percent of their time searching new ideas by brainstorming and prototyping.
       Moreover, the ninth trait of a successful leader is team building and promoting teamwork. Great leaders are constructed by the people surrounding them. Team Building is mandatory to leading a diverse and unique group of people with distinct personalities, motivation and skills.
Successful leadership is built on the people around you. Strong teams and teamwork are vital to reaching many of the objectives on this list. Recruiting and developing the correct team will create the right team to drive the organization's success.
       In addition, the tenth trait is creating lasting relationships. Compelling leaders go above more than just inspiring others to follow them. They have the ability to motivate employees to strongly pursue company goals and objectives. Employees that feel valued, appreciated, and believe they are making a difference, are more willing to push harder to achieve organizational success. Great leaders also understand effective networking is involved. This will not only advance their own career, but the organization will benefit as well. Through the creation of a wide network of people, leaders are able to form lasting relationships with customers, clients, partners, and competitors as well.
        Lastly, eleven is learning agility. Successful leaders recognize that leadership in constructed on their ability to respond to change and recognize when to take hold of opportunities though an ever changing environment. Maintaining a strong curiosity will further push one's desire to learn and grow. Being an agile learner focuses on fostering critical thinking skills, noticing uncertainty, embodying social and emotional intelligence and always keeping the desire to move forward.
       In addition to Patel's writing of "11 Powerful Traits of a Successful Leader," many others have formed their ideas of leadership and vision. Some emphasize the realization that starting off struggling or at the bottom is an aspect that aspiring college students will have to accept. This is one the major steps toward leadership success. Also, looking toward the future and visualizing exciting opportunities is the most important characteristic that separates successful and unsuccessful leaders. Moreover, some leadership professionals believe that no institution or enterprise can accomplish its planned goals without using and forming with the information environment. There are many resources available for leadership professionals to use. In order to stay competitive, leadership professionals will need to use all resources available. By staying focused and adhering to all the traits that leadership professionals teach and maintaining a clear vision, organizational leaders will be further prepared to effectively and efficiently lead their organization towards promising goals and achievements.

Patel, Deep. "11 Powerful Traits of Successful Leaders." Forbes, March 22, 2017."


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