A leader is that sailor who stands in front of every form of tidal waves and thunderstorms, thus leading the way through out until destination is reached. Even if the people in his ship get afraid about the obstacles, Leader motivates them to perform well no matter what ever the challenges are. A leader can be anyone on the team who has a particular talent, who is creatively thinking out of the box and has a great idea, who has experience in a certain aspect of the business or project that can prove useful to the manager and the team.
A leader leads based on strengths, not titles. When you’re dealing with ongoing challenges and changes, and you’re in uncharted territory with no means of knowing what comes next, no one can be expected to have all the answers or rule the team with an iron fist based solely on the title on their business card. It just doesn’t work for day-to-day operations. Sometimes a project is a long series of obstacles and opportunities coming at you at high speed, and you need every ounce of your collective hearts and minds and skill sets to get through it.
Leadership isn’t about doing one particular thing; it’s a state of mind that requires a plan and dedication to coming up with a leadership style. There are certain traits of being a leader.
·They keep things simple
·They work outside of their comfort zone
·Theyfocus on being productive
·Take risks and learn from their mistakes
Challenges of being a leader
·Inspiring others: - It is the challenge of inspiring or motivating others to ensure they’re satisfied with their jobs and working smarter.
·Managing internal stakeholders: - it is the challenge of managing relationships, politics, and image. This challenge includes gaining managerial support, managing up, and getting buy-in from other departments, groups, or individuals.
·Guiding change:-It is the challenge of managing, mobilizing, understanding, and leading change. Guiding change includes knowing how to mitigate consequences, overcome resistance to change, and deal with employees’ reactions to change.
·Isolation: - Being a leader can be really lonely. You need to be the boss and sometimes you can’t really talk through issues you’re having with your employees, team, or management team.
·Lack of emotional intelligence: - Emotional intelligence is so important. To have emotional intelligence is to be self-aware, be able to self-regulate, to have social awareness and social regulation. It’s all about knowing your strengths and challenges and how you contribute to the outcomes of different situations.
·Thinking big picture and systematically: - it’s difficult for many leaders to pull themselves out of the day to day and see the big picture. But it’s critical for decision making and for breaking down those silos and starting to work across the organization to harness the power contained in the resources of the entire organization.
Impact of a good leadership
Companies can only make progress if good leadership is in place that enables them to move forward. When the leader of a company does not have the required skills, he/she will not be able to effectively motivate their employees. There are various impacts of a good leadership:
·Brings a positive change
·Inspiration to the followers
·Motivates to take risks
·Develop good decision making skills
·Encourage and motivates the good work of employees
·Encourage to develop never give up attitude no matter how hard the situation is.