Learn How to Recognize Great Leadership

Leadership...  Where Do We Learn How to recognize great leadership in this crazy upside down world? That is a question we all need to answer nearly everyday in business and in life. We have to learn how to show great leadership and how to recognize great leadership qualities in others. Great leaders are needed all the time, here are some tips found on Changing Minds (Leadership) for how to show better leadership and how to select the best leaders for your team.

 Learn how to recognize great leadership

What is the difference between management and leadership? It is a question that has been asked more than once and also answered in different ways. The biggest difference between management and leadership is the way they motivate the people who work or follow them, and this sets the tone for most other aspects of what they do.

Many people, by the way, are both. They have management jobs, but they realize that you cannot buy hearts, especially to follow them down a difficult path, and so they must have leadership too.

Managers have subordinates

By definition, managers have subordinates - unless their title is honorary and given as a mark of seniority, in which case the title is a misnomer and their power over others is other than formal authority.

Authoritarian, transactional style

Managers have a position of authority vested in them by the company, and their subordinates work for them and largely do as they are told. Management style is transactional, in that the manager tells the subordinate what to do, and the subordinate does this not because they are a blind robot, but because they have been promised a reward (at minimum their salary) for doing so.

Work focus

Managers are paid to get things done (they are subordinates too), often within tight constraints of time and money. They thus naturally pass on this work focus to their subordinates.

Seek comfort

An interesting research finding about managers is that they tend to come from stable home backgrounds and led relatively normal and comfortable lives. This leads them to be relatively risk-averse and they will seek to avoid conflict where possible. In terms of people, they generally like to run a 'happy ship'.

Leaders have followers

Leaders do not have subordinates - at least not when they are leading. Many organizational leaders do have subordinates, but only because they are also managers. But when they want to lead, they have to give up formal authoritarian control, because to lead is to have followers, and following is always a voluntary activity.  People who show great leadership know this fact well.

Charismatic, transformational style

Telling people what to do does not inspire them to follow you. You have to appeal to them, showing how following them will lead to their hearts' desire. They must want to follow you enough to stop what they are doing and perhaps walk into danger and situations that they would not normally consider risking.

Leaders with a stronger charisma find it easier to attract people to their cause. As a part of their persuasion they typically promise transformationalbenefits, such that their followers will not just receive extrinsic rewards but will somehow become better people.

People focus

Although many leaders have a charismatic style to some extent, this does not require a loud personality. They are always good with people, and quietstyles that give credit to others (and takes blame on themselves) are very effective at creating the loyalty that great leaders engender.

Although leaders are good with people, this does not mean they are friendly with them. In order to keep the mystique of leadership, they often retain a degree of separation and aloofness.

This does not mean that leaders do not pay attention to tasks - in fact they are often very achievement-focused. What they do realize, however, is the importance of enthusing others to work towards their vision.

Seek risk

In the same study that showed managers as risk-averse, leaders appeared as risk-seeking, although they are not blind thrill-seekers. When pursuing their vision, they consider it natural to encounter problems and hurdles that must be overcome along the way. They are thus comfortable with risk and will see routes that others avoid as potential opportunities for advantage and will happily break rules in order to get things done.

A surprising number of these leaders had some form of handicap in their lives which they had to overcome. Some had traumatic childhoods, some had problems such as dyslexia, others were shorter than average. This perhaps taught them the independence of mind that is needed to go out on a limb and not worry about what others are thinking about you.

Learning To Recognize Leadership Is Important

I think it is very important to learn how to recognize great leadership in all aspects of life. To gain an understanding of teamwork and how to motivate others. Those qualities intermingled with business and personal growth will enhance every project and achievement. Persuasion will play a big role in your leadership success, no matter what your approach is.

Who do you admire for their leadership?

 


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    The Role of Covert Persuasion in Business

    By the time Arlene Dickinson was 30, she was divorced with four kids, had no savings and a high school diploma. Today, she's one of the country's most influential entrepreneurial leaders. Here's how the Dragons' Den co-star and CEO of Venture Communications used the art of persuasion to achieve success (and how you can, too).

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    It's helped me significantly. You can't do anything on your own. At the end of the day, you do need support and need somebody to take a leap of fate with you. Sometimes, because you have a vision, it doesn't mean you're going to get anything done. For me, persuasion has helped me to get people to follow my vision, to believe in me and my efforts. It's been a critical part of my life.

    What tips do you have for women who want to get ahead in business?

    To try to not play the feminist role. I always say I'm not a woman in business, but I'm a person in business who happens to be a woman. Emotion is not a dirty word. Instead of making excuses or trying to quell the emotional capacity we have, we should be embracing it and utilizing it in a positive manner and not making excuses for who we are.

    Everybody shows emotion in some way and the truth of the matter is nobody will ever do anything for you in business unless they're emotionally connected to you -- and women do that better than anyone.

    What is your advice for the younger generation of women interested in business?

    They have to be confident and be able to illustrate why they deserve a place at the boardroom table. Women fought that fight 50 years ago to get into the workforce and for equality -- now we need to show up and bring value to the boardroom table.

    I think young women in particular need to realize their career will likely take a different path than men's will, they have to embrace that too. They might have kids, they might get married or move cities; those are things most women deal with and not men.

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       Whether you have four or 40,000 employees, your team should be "on message." If your Web site says one thing about your organization, marketing materials say another and the sales team yet another, prospective customers will be confused. Confused prospects don't buy. Uniform and consistent messages are powerful. They give your team an indispensible guide with language to create effective proposals, marketing and PR materials, presentations, Web site text, and other public communication. Your message document need not be complex -- 2-3 pages is standard. It should include four parts:

       

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      3. Must Say Messages: The five or six most important messages everyone in your organization should know by heart and use in ALL communication. When you do a pitch meeting, for example, you should weave them into your presentation. And, the only reason to do a media interview is to get your messages out to your audiences via the reporter.
      4. Main Messages: These comprise a couple of pages of detail about your organization/services/products/issue that everyone on your team can cut and paste into proposals, presentations, brochures, articles, letters, Op-Eds, factsheets, marketing and sales materials.

      Robert Deigh is principal of RDC Communication/PR and the author of "How Come No One Knows About Us?" (WBusiness Books, available May 2008), the PR guide for organizations large and small that want to win big visibility. Deigh helps organizations increase their visibility and build their brands by creating strong and positive relationships with the press and other audiences.


      An Example of Effective Marketing

      I think a great example of this marketing technique is an auto dealership that sells a certain make of cars. The most effective marketing using simple consistent language from the first thing the consumer sees and hears about the cars and the dealership until they drive off the lot is what will sell the most cars. It also empowers sales people with the marketing and other tools they need to persuade the client to buy from them.  

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          Show that those who join early will get the better prizes, such as positions of authority or other advantages.

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          The Bandwagon persuasion method uses social evidence to legitimize itself and become attractive. The idea behind the persuasion plays heavily on the need for belonging, making the group a desirable place to be. This type of persuasion may also use the scarcity principle, showing that it is better to join sooner or later.

          The term 'bandwagon' came from the Temperance movement, where an open wagon would literally have a band on it and drive around town picking up drunks who would symbolically 'get on the wagon' of alcohol-free (and religious) living.

          I think advertising uses this persuasion method very well. Just look at Apple. How many people really need all the beeps and whistles on the iPhone? Yet, consumers line up for hours just to say that they have it already,that they got it the opening day. I am mystified by this but it works everytime. Apple convinces people that they will sell out immediately and that the product will be impossible to find so that if they want to have the gadget of the moment they have to be there the first day. Clearly, propaganda and the "bandwagon method" of persuasion work like a charm. Genius.

           


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