Quoting a Leader
A general idea of leadership is simply a person or group who directs people to accomplish set goals and implements strategy. To further breakdown the interworking’s of a great leader can be difficult until you have studied a few great leaders in history and in today’s social climate. Successfully leading people requires a great deal of knowledge about business and your specific industry. More importantly, leaders need to develop a thorough knowledge of the human condition. You can find countless people on various jobs who complain about the quality of management or leadership at the workplace. This is because in fact, it is people who will help achieve the goal at hand. There are thousands of books about effective leadership. Some are excellent resources while others can be full of superficial fluff.
Art Coombs has written an exceptional book titled ‘Don’t Just Manage–Lead!’. The book can be found on Amazon with a 4.7 out of five-star rating among about 33 readers who purchased the book. The reviews are strikingly honest and it’s obvious that the book has opened the eyes of readers on several topics related to leadership. Coombs candidly shares personal experiences to help paint the pictures he is creating.
Leadership in Action
As there are different levels of leadership that range from a shift manager at any given company, to coaches of sports teams, teachers and doctors all the way up to the President of the United States. What do all these leaders have in common? They all must know who they are leading and for what cause. Yes, these individuals have obviously proven that they can do the job well and have at one time or another been good at being lead towards achieving a goal. Just because a person knows the mechanics of a function, task or process and may have years of experience doing these things does not necessarily qualify them to be a leader of people. Knowing how to motivate people who look to you for guidance is a skill that not everyone has. The plus side to that is that it can be learned in most cases.
Many times people are placed in leadership roles for the first time based on only their skills and merits. The individual may not have exercised the interpersonal skills up to that point that are necessary to make a positive impact on the people they are trusted to lead. To improve upon what should be expected of leaders, implementing educational material and supplies after the initial training period would be advantageous to any company. Educating potential leaders in all facets of society could only benefit the world community by changing views on leadership and management. Making this a mandatory training piece and keeping it as the norm can only have positive effects on morale.