Leadership – Best Practices

January 8, 2012 in Human Resources Consulting

Marlene_Zagon

The art of leadership is not just leading a bunch of people through a task or a project, but helping them realize their own strengths and awaken them to live their dreams. The impact of the leader’s behavior creates a bull whip effect on the follower’s performance. At times the act retains an indelible mark on the follower’s mind. In the words of Warren Buffett, “I was lucky to have the right heroes. Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you how you’ll turn out to be. The qualities of the one you admire are the traits that you, with a little practice, can make your own, and that, if practiced, will become habit-forming.”

There are different styles of leadership. Ideally every human being is unique, so are their leadership styles. There are different theories related to human behaviors to form different leadership styles. As explained by Daniel Goleman on Leadership that gets results, Coercive Style with compliance focused “Do what I tell you”, Authoritative Style in leaders who have a clear vision saying “Come with me”, Facilitative Style to build harmony and teamwork through “People come first” attitude, Democratic Style to build consensus i.e. “What do you think”, Pacesetting Style who leads by example “Do as I do, now”, Coaching Style develop people through coaching with “try this.” concept. Ideally the situation as well as the environment contributes to behavior, whereas the dominant part of the nature would remain. During organizational change, when leaders are in the eye of the storm, it is imperative to identify their innate nature and predict who they would struggle for, be it people, process or the client.

The implementation of leadership development concepts would as required by the environment. A dynamic environment may include more than one strategy to implement, where in more stable and mature organizations there are fewer structures. Ultimately “Leadership is about creating a domain in which human beings continually deepen their understanding of reality and become more capable of participating in the unfolding world. Ultimately, leadership is about creating new realities.”– Peter Senge

Put even more simply, the leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction.

In business, leadership is welded to performance. Effective leaders are those who increase their company’s bottom line.

SDHR Consortium, LLC has specialist expertise and can help you with anything related to making your business perform to a higher standard. Every company must measure, manage and improve its performance if it is to survive and your business is no exception.

Marlene Zagon, SPHR, Managing Director of SDHRC, has over 25 years’ experience in Human Resources and has worked with executive teams to train the next generation of leaders in their organizations. To find out more about SDHR Consortium you may contact Marlene directly at: 619-857-1644 or go to the website at: www.sdhrconsortium.com and read about the organization or request more information.