Leadership roles exist in an organization to ensure that the potential of every team member is comprehensively harnessed to accomplish the organization’s objectives. Leadership of course, is the process of facilitating individual and collective efforts to accomplish the shared objectives.
The productivity level and output of a team is a reflection of how the leader is able to influence the team and the leader’s ability to tap into the potential of the team members to achieve their set goal.
Here are some characteristics a leader needs to embody in order to influence the team to achieve set goals:
1. Be self-evaluating:
To be a successful leader, it is important that a leader acquaints him/herself to the values, standards, structure of the organization and his/her responsibilities and how it affects the overall objectives of the organization.
2. Lead the Way:
Leaders are moulders and setting a good pathway for success is a major task for a leader. It is often said that actions speak louder than words; the best way to lead is for the leader to set good examples that can be emulated by the team.
3. Select the Right Team Members:
When it comes to achieving goals, team members need to be as passionate as the leader. Since team leaders are saddled with the task of selecting team members, they need to look for members who have both skills and competence and are in sync with the leader with regard to the vision and mission of the organization.
4. Ensure clarity of Vision and Goals:
Setting goals for an organization can be likened to drawing a roadmap that takes one to the expected destination. Every organization exists for a purpose and setting appropriate goals that will enable the organization play its role within its industry, is within the purview of the leader. Lead well, the team will follow.
5. Leverage Unity for Growth and Solidity
The best resource of a team are the people on the team. These team members will have different skill sets and strengths. It is important for the leader to understand the strengths of each member of the team to be able to allocate tasks for the achievement of the overall objectives of the organisation. Unity of purpose, feeling of belongingness and an agreed resolve to attain set goals, will bode well for any team.
“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish”. —Sam Walton
Adedayo Ojo ,Managing Director & Chief Executive, Caritas Communications Ltd, a specialist reputation management consultancy