Effective Leadership and
Where there is no vision, the people perish ~ The
Book of Proverbs.
The above quote is as true in business as in life … and as true today as it
was 3,000 years ago. Without vision, there is nowhere to go, no direction to work towards. Organizations with
no vision are run by people who think, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” They stay with what they’ve always
done and get what they’ve always got. However, true leaders think, “If it ain’t broke, you aren’t looking
hard enough!” These leaders are always looking for better and more effective ways to do things.
True leaders change the organisations around them – they make a difference
to the business. Leadership is about what you do and how you do it. It involves learnable skills that can be applied to the tasks that occur
in every business. The characteristics of True Leaders are:
They are untidy
Because they are constantly evolving their organizations and their teams, constantly improving
and fine-tuning things, little is ever the same as it was. Some people are uncomfortable with this constant
state of flux but this is where true leaders flourish.
They lead by example
These leaders make a point of getting “down” with their team and doing what they’re asking
others to do. David Ogilvy and James Caan are two English examples of these types of leaders. They come to work
earlier and leave later than everyone else, they act rather than preach and, because of that, they usually have
empathy with those who are struggling. They are great at listening and helping the fallen rise again, because
they’ve done it themselves!
They enjoy creating leaders
An army of sheep lead by a lion would only defeat an army
of lions lead by sheep
They have a sense of purpose that others believe
A team is a group of people who may not be equal in
experience, talent or education but in commitment
They understand that leadership is a relationship, not an
They are action-oriented people, yes, but they also know that to lead, they
must also relate strongly with the people they lead. They may change and adapt to changing circumstances but
they always remain true to themselves and true to their expressed vision. By their constancy, they engender
trust and a following.