Leadership and Management
Personal Views of Leadership
My view of excellent leadership is to lead by example by knowing and doing the job. I respect leaders who are motivated and passionate about improving their organization and those around them by using their knowledge through various sources. I think good leaders are respectful, listen to those around them, communicate effectively, are decisive, strong, and take action. If they do not know the answers to problems, they are motivated to seek answers through education. I think that an effective leader listens without bias even though it is difficult to hear what is being said. Good leaders empower, facilitate, and inspire those around them while acquiring the trust of their staff while trusting them in return.
Leadership versus Management
Leaders motivate and guide a group of individuals to a common purpose based on their belief that things can be improved and can convince others to join in. Leadership is passionate and provides new energy and thinking to current situations and has the ability to motivate, listen, and translate. A good leader seeks information, consults, guides, and is not flamboyant or boisterous but is greatly respected (Allen & Bowman, 2007).
Leadership and management work together but are not the same. Management organizes work in feasible activities and selects people to accomplish certain tasks. They set objectives and goals for a group and decides what has to be done to achieve the goals. They analyze and interpret performance and develop people. Management directs or controls resources or people in a group according to values or principles that have already been created. They are more focused on structure and systems, whereas leaders are focused on people (Sullivan & Decker, 2009).
Characteristics of an Effective Leader
Good leaders solve problems after they have observed and communicated...