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5 Fundamentals of Effective Organizational Leadership

Updated on August 12, 2010

How to Lead an Effective Organization

Leading an effective business or not for profit organization is not an easy task. It takes experience and understanding and a lot of guts. However, there are some basic fundamentals which work as foundations to solid organizational performance. This hub highlights five fundamentals for effective organizational leadership including:

  1. Competence
  2. Communication
  3. Coordination
  4. Cooperation
  5. Compassion


Competence is the first fundamental of organizational leadership. Competence is defined as having the ability or capacity to perform every aspect of a job. This is a two-fold principle of leadership requiring personal know-how and inspiring top performance from staff members and other personnel. To raise the capacity of one's self and other personnel, the organizational leader must attend training and provide training for his personnel. When the leader demonstrates competence as a leader, staffmembers and other personnel will be inspired to perform at their top level.


Communication is the second fundamental principle of organizational leadership. Communication is the central nervous system of an enterprise, connecting the brain of the company to all other members of the staff and other personnel. Good communication includes active listening as well as timely words appropriate for the moment.


It has been said "Others will not care how much you know until the know how much you care." Another important principle of organizational leadership is Compassion. Compassion is another two-fold principle in that it is extended both inward to staff members and other personnel and outward to constituents and customers. To staff members and other personnel the organizational leader must learn how to walk the fine line of being warm and caring while maintaining a professional atmosphere. To constituents and customers, the enterprise has a social responsibility to be responsive and ethical in its practice.


Coordination is the fourth fundamental principle of organizational leadership. Coordination can be defined as the ability to bring together the necessary human, financial, and physical resources to complete an objective or task. In order to bring the right resources together, the competent corporate leader must know every aspect of his or her organization well including the competencies of his staff members and other personnel.


Cooperation is the fifth fundamental principles of organizational leadership. Cooperation highlights the ability to inspire personnel and staff members to work together. Competent executives and other corporate leaders can not only coordinate the human resources, but can also meld them together to be a cohesive unit.


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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      What a great list for success. This is an excellent hub.