Effective Leadership

Effective Leadership
How exactly is effective leadership achieved? Ah, the million-dollar question. Well, one thing is for
sure and that is that no successful organization would be where it is today if it wasn’t for effective
leadership. Effective leadership is of the main drivers for growth, development, and overall innovation.
So, it is a must for anything business! There is always someone (or sometimes more than one)
specifically calling the shots and leading the rest of the team towards the most desirable direction. So,
in reality, being in a position of leadership is more than just the title of being the “boss”, but more of
an honorable position where many people trust you to make decisions that will better their lives. It’s a
big responsibility, isn’t it? Take note that some people may envy someone that is “above them”, but it
probably is for a good reason, or simply because not everyone equips themselves properly to lead
others without only considering what’s in it just for them.
Effective leadership is a more profound subject. It is a position that one has to work for and earn. It is a
job with so much meaning and value, and it has the power to change many lives. There is no exact step
by step formula to make every single leader the same (because it could also depend on the culture of
the organization), but there are some fundamentals that all leaders should have ingrained in them.
Before we get into those, let’s first define what leadership is.
Technically speaking, leadership means “ to lead a group of people or an organization”, but the truth is
that it is not that simple. When broken down, a leader is really the core of a business because they have
to execute the company’s vision. Sometimes a leader may have to step into a position that someone
previously held and have to redefine/improve the vision that was in place. Most importantly, a leader
must set the tone for that particular organization.
Leadership means creating and planning. It is about motivating people to work together and cooperate
with one another in order to achieve certain goals. You must also understand that leadership is
different from managing. While management is an essential part of the success of an organization, it is
different from leadership in a couple of different ways. A manager and a leader do not always
necessarily come in the same package (we’ll talk about this later), but basically it comes down to the
specific tasks each position is made up of and responsible for.

So, let’s discuss what makes someone an effective leader!
1. Effective Leaders are Decisive:
Effective leaders do not like to waste time. This includes the time that they need and take to
make decisions. More often than not, there is so much time that is wasted in the
decision-making process and it causes opportunities to be missed. Deadlines are pushed,
procrastination becomes a habit, and some times production comes to a stop. You and your

team stop producing results. Good leaders will make informed and timely decisions, and will
always be aware of any specific time frames involved. Once a decision is made, a leader always
commits to seeing things through. As an effective leader, always be aware that putting
important decisions off can have a tremendous effect on the organization; therefore you must
be logical and efficient with things. Remember, the overall productivity and growth of the
business and team is in your hands.
2. Effective Leaders are Humble & Accountable:
Being an effective leader relies a lot on generating respect from others, that is earned through
being humble. A true leader is open-minded and is willing to listen to others, as well as taking
constructive criticism. Instead of relying on their title to give them “automatic” respect from
their team, they earn it by taking responsibility for their actions and don’t blame others when
things don’t go as planned.
3. Effective Leaders Give Credit Where Credit is Due:
Have you ever heard any horror stories where someone’s boss steals their idea or takes credit
for someone else’s accomplishments? Well, this is why it’s so important to acknowledge
people’s efforts. A good leader lifts others up and gives them recognition for their hard work.
Someone that wants to see their team excel, knows that success is achieved through teamwork
and must respect those who put in the work to make things happen.
4. Effective Leaders Help Others Grow:
A great leader helps people grow. They willingly share what they know without the fear of
someone else taking their position or overstepping boundaries. They will also provide and
make way for learning opportunities for those who are part of their team. Also, they encourage
and build strong trusting relationships. They won’t leave anyone behind!

Every organization should do whatever it takes to enable effective leadership. If you are
currently in a position of leadership, consider what abilities you have that you haven’t tapped
into, that could make you even more effective. The more you practice good habits and seek to

grow as person, the more you can do to grow your team.
What will you do to maximize their potential?