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'If you can dream it, you can do it.' - Walt Disney
Most people, at some points in their lives, are leaders. They assume leadership in family situations (children need leading!), on the sports field, and in many other situations, including work. Leadership is not just about the qualities of an elite few, although the leadership skills of chief executives and their teams are of fundamental importance. In the context of work, what is leadership, how does it differ from management, and are leaders born or can they be developed? We seek to provide some answers to these questions.
Leadership is important and the UK seems to be lagging. A survey carried out in 2005 for the CIPD compared UK leaders with those elsewhere in the world. It suggested that:
Leadership is currently much discussed; academic studies have multiplied like amoeba since the 1970s. Entering ‘leadership’ into Google provided around 503,000,000 entries worldwide, and around 16,500,000 for the UK alone. A similar search on Amazon UK gave 18,741 books on the topic.
To attempt a partial definition, leadership is very much about the ability to influence people by personal attributes and behaviours.
Before people can become successful leaders, they do need certain attributes:
Self-knowledge, to understand their own strengths and weaknesses, which in turn will enable them to turn to others in their group to compensate for their own biases or deficiencies.
All these attributes will help to develop trust, without which leaders will not command loyalty. The last four, ‘softer’, non-technical attributes might be summed up as ‘emotional intelligence’.
Leadership is now a fundamental part of management. People who are not nominally managers may also function as leaders, influencing others (even if in an informal manner) by their personalities and behaviours.
Let us help you and your team become better leaders through coaching (1 to 1 or teams) or through our range of workshop programmes and team building events.