Leadership, An Introduction
Social and emotional capabilities
In the former capabilities there can't be find a surprising definition of leadership, I guess. But, there is another quality that makes someone a leader. That quality makes leadership a situational capability, in the sense that a leader can't be a (great) leader everywhere and in all circumstances. The quality meant is based on the knowledge and experience in a business sector. If a leader lacks this kind of professional knowledge his vision will have little worth. People distrust leaders who don't know there profession. And right they are. He who doesn't know the sector in which his organization works and the environment in which it is active simply doesn't know enough to head into new directions in a convincible way. If workers follow a "leader" like that they won't do that by there own conviction, but simply while they stand in awe for power and authority because they are afraid of losing their own position.
Managers may think
that management is a profession itself. And, of course, it is in a certain way. Management
has its own
body of knowledge. A manager needs certain knowledge and management skills to
practice his job.
Managers think they can practice their skills in whatever other business. Here we need some humbleness.
The manager that storms in when starting a new job in a new business must absolutely be distrusted. He needs an extraordinary skill for processing data to make it possible for him in a very short time to learn the firm, its environment and the sector enough and by that to convince other people of his hunt for chance.
If there are people who can make this come true, well, they are rare!
A leader is a leader while his people recognize his legitimacy. A leader is a leader because he is acknowledged as such by his people!
every manager is a leader. Not every manager has to be. There are enough
management functions where work is all about control and consolidation of the
existing situation. Change is sometimes hardly necessary.
Not every manager has to be a great leader. Many managers conduct to much as such. They bring useless change everywhere, are very satisfied about themselves, but aren't working well at all. They waste their energy doing things which aren't important after all.
In the literature it is sometimes suggested that workers ask for charismatic leaders. However something vague as charisma will help a leader without doubt, the concept charisma makes things not more clearly. A leader is not a leader by his charisma but by a combination of capabilities. Knowledge of the profession and sector is a quality rarely or never called in management literature while it is an essential quality as well as all the others.
This web site is on leadership. The Dutch pages grow and grow. Unfortunately my time is limited. Just a fraction of the Dutch content is translated.
I hope to translate some other stuff in due time.
Leadership Schematized. About the way leadership works.
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