What is leadership?
We all have a vague idea about what makes a great leader or maybe specific individuals and historical figures we think embody excellent leadership.
But in reality, a great leader is simply the right person for the right situation. Strong charismatic leaders like Weston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, might seem like born leaders. But they where simple the leaders Britain needed to get through the war, and the South African people needed to overcome the repression of the Apartheid regime. Outside those historical events, neither might have been the right person to lead their respective countries.
Why am I talking about these historical leaders? Because great leaders come in many forms, and just because you are not a Churchill, Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., or Abraham Lincoln, doesn’t mean that you cannot be exactly the kind of leader your business needs.
The leaders mentioned above were all leaders in time of crisis, whether it was WWII, fighting a repressive system or the American Civil War. They had the charisma to get people to listen to them and follow their lead. If you have the charisma to lead people through difficult situations, you should hone those qualities. That way you can become the leader your organisation needs to lead them through times of e.g. economic instability, market fluctuations, etc.
However, those qualities might not be ideal in times of stability. Here a more democratic approach might be what your business needs. Being able to motivate and include your team or staff might very well be a much more productive. Getting people to feel included and responsible for your company’s success, can make for a very successful corporate culture.
If you do not thrive as an authoritarian leader, you might develop a more laissez faire approach. This means give your team the freedom and responsibility to figure things out on their own. If you lead a team of seasoned professionals, might be extremely counterproductive. Instead the best way to lead specialist is to let them find the best solution to the highly specific problems they face. All you have to do is step in when more general or administrative problems occur. Otherwise let the professionals do their job the way its done best.
When looking for leadership training in the UK, find a business coach willing to help you or your managers find and develop their personal leadership type. Your organisation will be strongest if you have leaders who embody all of the core leadership traits; authority, charisma, democratic, motivating, and encouraging. But no one needs to embody all of those qualities to be a great leader.
To learn more about how to get the best leadership training in UK and implement strategies leading to business and career growth, contact Issac Qureshi, UK Leadership Expert.