What is leadership? Wikipedia says, Leadership has been described as “a process of social influence in which one person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task”.
There are many types of leadership and to say one is right or wrong depends on the task being done. The military would not be very effective under anything but an authoritarian style of leadership but that style would not be very effective in a setting where video games are being developed.
There are those who think that leadership is micro-managing, while others think that giving employees the freedom to make mistakes and grow is the best way to lead. The Coleman Hawkin’s quote, “If you are not making mistakes, you really aren’t trying hard enough.”
For me, Tom Stephens, the CEO of MacMillan Bloedel Limited from 1997 – 99, was the example of a leader. He said what he was doing up front, so no surprises. He went to the front lines and talked to those who were doing the work and asked them how they could do their jobs better because he believed that they were the experts. When they gave suggestions on how to do it better, he gave them permission to try it even if it took a few tries to make it work, or it failed. He educated all employees in the financials of the company so they knew where they had to focus to be competitive. In eighteen months he turned the company around by empowering the employees. For me, that is leadership.
What works for you? What type of leader inspires you to do excel. What kind of leader are you?
If you are want to further develop your personal, business, and community leadership skills one place to consider is Leadership Vancouver Island www.leadershipvi.com