What All Great Leaders Have in Common
Companies and Countries Need Leaders
Imagining the Future
Most people want to be with some one they can identify with, and who has enthusiasm about doing new things. If that person wants to move in a certain direction, it would be only natural to want to continue along with him or her. Thus,people would tend to follow that leader.
If anyone has worked for some one like this, the work will be full of good memories and rewards. It's nice working for people who want us to succeed, because wanting this proves that such leaders care about making workers happy. These leaders are called transformational.
"Transformational leadership" is future oriented. It involves a leader who wants a specific result to occur in the future, which will be an improvement over the present state of the business or government. The future goal is one that can be described in detail, because the leader has envisioned exactly what he or she wants to achieve.
What it Takes to Succeed
"Transformational leadership" will require a leader to convince others that his or her vision is so worth pursuing that they will become committed to working toward it. The key to this, and any, commitment is to persevere for an extended period of time, always keeping the goal in mind, but not expecting success to come without difficulties. Such persistence happens only when those who work to achieve the goal keep on believing that it is possible to succeed.
Another activity necessary in "transformational leadership" is to have frequent ceremonies to commemorate even the smallest achievement along the way to success This will demonstrate the reality that progress has been made, and will maintain the motivation of all workers.
The Effect on People
Those who commit to the visionary goal will rightly anticipate becoming a part of "transformational leadership" themselves, once success is attained. However, in "transformational leadership," the desire to be a leader must be second to the desire to arrive at the future vision of the governmental or business operation.
"Transformational leadership" can succeed and make a difference only in companies or nations that need to change because the present situation is not working. Therefore, "transformational leadership" would be out of place in an organization where everything is going well and employees are happy.But if this is not the case, then this type of leadership is the right stuff to breathe life into the workers and give them hope for a better day. Once the enthusiasm spreads, the better vision for the future will get closer each day.
How will some one at the government office or company know when he or she is caught up in the enthusiasm of "transformational leadership"? There are certain distinct traits that become noticeable:
- The leader will pay close attention to whether the workers are happy.
- Independent, creative thinking will be encouraged.
- Workers will have a strong motivation to realize the vision.
- Workers will both like and respect their leader.
At the heart of the transformational striving will be an intriguing vision that will be challenging to achieve, but not impossible.
Many a worker strives to become the boss one day. But the seeds of a good manager are inside the worker who possesses those abilities from the start. There must be a shrewd understanding of people, combined with an extraordinary patience and a broad appreciation of many types of people, in order to form the ingredients of an excellent business leader. Not everyone has that talent. But companies lucky enough to have such guidance often succeed.
Barrack Obama as a CEO-Style President
Is it necessary to be transparent and divulge everything in order to be a good president of a company or of a nation? Barrack Obama, from the beginning of his presidency, has been called by some a CEO-style president. True to form, his presidency has the hallmarks of serious discipline and efficiency.
There seems to be something about a young president that inspires the voters. Teddy Roosevelt and John Kennedy were examples. Barrack Obama also is quite young to be a president.
Never before have so many minority groups in America felt that they have an equal voice in how the government should be run. President Obama has the ability to deliver a speech with respect and seriousness. He's an intelligent man and well-respected himself.
President Obama is like a CEO in that he delegates authority to others rather than trying to be a dictator of every situation. He is attentive to successful operations on all levels, realizing that success itself is a great motivator, regardless of how big or small the operation may be. Things run on time efficiently under President Obama.
The president is faithful to the aides who are close to him. If they make a mistake, Obama is reputed to be a very understanding person because he knows the people closest to him are loyal. What's more, he's willing to listen carefully to Republicans or anyone else who might disagree with him. Listening more than speaking is the sign of a wise person, and a good leader.
The president also has shown his ability to remain calm during a crisis. This is inspirational to the nation. His speeches have maintained the spirit of the American people. He is confident and has the ability and courage to make decisions after listening to all arguments from all sides. He is disciplined, a good speech maker, and practical in his thinking. These are traits of a great leader.
President Obama had a vision when he took office. He has pursued that vision relentlessly, convinced that he'd doing his best for the American people. His crowning glory has been the passage of the affordable national health plan, Obamacare. He has busied himself with doing things for the American people rather than doing things for his party or for himself to get elected or become popular. He does not dictate how things should be, but instead listens constantly to conflicting views of advisers who all are encouraged to speak their minds clearly, regardless of what they think the president wants to hear. In promoting America itself, the president has succeeded in being a foreign policy expert who has increased the love and respect for the United States on all continents. He has succeeded for his nation and his people.