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Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by FoundersNG: 7:07am On Sep 06, 2017
Common as the word 'leadership' is, there is no generally accepted definition of it. Just as it may reflect a natural way of life to someone, it may be a height of attainment to others. But one thing remains constant.. Leadership is that ability of a person to inspire others to do a task they ordinarily would not have done. Leadership is not restricted to a sphere of life, as it can be observed in the family, school church, society, business and political settings. Many people in third world countries (like Nigeria) find it hard to distinguish between leadership and rulership. This may be borne out of past political experience, and has thus rubbed off on the way we conduct our affairs, even in business. Just as John Quincy Adams put it:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader"

However you see yourself, whatever your age may be, as soon as you make that exciting first hire, you have taken the first steps in becoming a powerful leader. In business, Ownership does not of necessity transfer effective leadership skills on an individual. In fact, the two are poles apart. The fact that I can rent an office space, register a company and pull out a good business idea, does not mean that I have what it takes to make it a going concern. The world is getting more and more specialised.. That means, I would need certain people to run certain areas of the firm. And the key thing here is human management. If I can't, then I can hire people to do that. Have you ever wondered why the richest entrepreneurs seem to do less but lots of delegation? Check out Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga etc. They seem to understand this rule of leadership. There are some qualities that point to effective leadership skills, :

Inspiration
A good leader must know how to inspire others. He must be able to motivate his team in the beginning stages of a startup, inspire his team to see the vision of the successes to come. He must be able to recognise when the team morale is low, when to start a pep talk, organise a bonus system for the team, when to acknowledge the team efforts, when to get in the turf and turn thing around by himself and not delegate. Inspiring others in workpkaces is more of actions than words. "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority" -Ken Blanchard

Delegation
Trust is the vital ingredient in delegation. A leader must be able to trust his team enough to make some defining actions and decisons about the business. To delegate is identify the strengths of your team, and capitalizing on them. Find out what each team member enjoys doing most. Chances are if they find that task more enjoyable, they will likely put more thought and effort behind it.

Integrity
Integrity cannot be bought with any price, in business, people are number one, not just your clients and customrers, but your workers. They must observe fairness in your decision making. Be honest, fair, candid and forthright, and treat everyone in the same way that you yourself would want to be treated. Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, its important to raise the bar even higher. As Peter Drucker puts it: "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things".

Optimism/Confidence
Alexander The Great once said: "I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion". The team leader in a business set up, must know how to stir the team with confidence especially at times when the outlook is not as rosy as planned. The brand ambassador is you, so the optimism and confidence you exude translates to calmness around the office. There is no sailor who will abandon his ship even if it is obvious it will sink.

Communication
It is not enough to have a crystal clear idea about the organization's goals, visions and missions. How it is passed down to every worker on the organization chart is even more important. I once had a lecturer in the University who taught us Law of Evidence. He was one of the poorest communicators and students had to go extra miles to understand the course. Even though he was the top of the his class at Ph.D level. He just didn't know how to disseminate the information he had. Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s your job as the team leader to instill a positive energy. A little humour here and there could pass a vital information. To achieve this level of connection, a leader should also provide ample channels for two-way communication between employees and managers, actively soliciting their ideas for improvement and
rewarding employees for submitting them. "The art of communication is the language of
leadership". -James Humes

Decision making
What is leadership without decision making? The pathfinder always makes an unpopular decision that may gain fame when effectively managed. Highly effective leaders aren’t afraid to be decisive and to make tough calls quickly when circumstances require it. As a leader, its important to learn to think outside the box and to choose which of two bad choices is the best option. Don’t immediately choose the first or easiest possibility; sometimes it is best to give these issues some thought, and even turn to your team for guidance. As John C. Maxwell succinctly puts it: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way".

Conclusively, Leadership is a broad path in business, not many would understand, even as it stares them in the face. There cannot be any leadership without followership, and what makes a followership is a people's belief that their lives would be transformed better by the leader. "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership". -Harvey S. Firestone


Source:
https://founders.com.ng/2017/07/15/qualities-good-leadership-business/


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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Nobody: 7:18am On Sep 06, 2017
Nice compilation.
These are suppose to be the benchmark for a President of a nation.
Thank God he's got 95% of this!
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Benstone: 7:18am On Sep 06, 2017
Hmm
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Jamiubond009(m): 7:18am On Sep 06, 2017
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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Generalkaycee(m): 7:18am On Sep 06, 2017
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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by oksmart1992(m): 7:18am On Sep 06, 2017
Yea sure!!!! With all the qualities one is sure to make a good leader.
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Asology(m): 7:18am On Sep 06, 2017
Speak on... Speaker
More of that
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Generalkaycee(m): 7:19am On Sep 06, 2017
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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by jibzy90(m): 7:21am On Sep 06, 2017
Thank you
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by IMASTEX: 7:37am On Sep 06, 2017
Nice tips. . .
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by butanep(m): 8:03am On Sep 06, 2017
good one. nice write up. thread of this nature will never get comments from other. in fact most of us youth will never open it but it's about a celebrity, you will see this thread has reached page seven in 5mins. Nigerian youth still have a long way to go in terms of leadership .

most youth want to lead but don't want to seek for knowledge. then how can you lead without proper knowledge?
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by gentlechyke(m): 8:05am On Sep 06, 2017
A good leader is a farmer. A bad leader is a hunter

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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Johncuppa(m): 8:25am On Sep 06, 2017
Everyone wins when leader get it right
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by jaxxy(m): 8:30am On Sep 06, 2017
Nice writeup i think practical good leadership can do wonders and take us very far if we actually apply the principles
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Ifecrown: 8:59am On Sep 06, 2017
Nice write up OP.
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by UNITEDBRAND(m): 9:06am On Sep 06, 2017
A good leader is a farmer while a bad leader is a hunter....please more insight
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Damibiz(m): 9:31am On Sep 06, 2017
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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Dajugba: 11:06am On Sep 06, 2017
FoundersNG:
Common as the word 'leadership' is, there is no generally accepted definition of it. Just as it may reflect a natural way of life to someone, it may be a height of attainment to others. But one thing remains constant.. Leadership is that ability of a person to inspire others to do a task they ordinarily would not have done. Leadership is not restricted to a sphere of life, as it can be observed in the family, school church, society, business and political settings. Many people in third world countries (like Nigeria) find it hard to distinguish between leadership and rulership. This may be borne out of past political experience, and has thus rubbed off on the way we conduct our affairs, even in business. Just as John Quincy Adams put it:
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader"

However you see yourself, whatever your age may be, as soon as you make that exciting first hire, you have taken the first steps in becoming a powerful leader. In business, Ownership does not of necessity transfer effective leadership skills on an individual. In fact, the two are poles apart. The fact that I can rent an office space, register a company and pull out a good business idea, does not mean that I have what it takes to make it a going concern. The world is getting more and more specialised.. That means, I would need certain people to run certain areas of the firm. And the key thing here is human management. If I can't, then I can hire people to do that. Have you ever wondered why the richest entrepreneurs seem to do less but lots of delegation? Check out Aliko Dangote, Femi Otedola, Mike Adenuga etc. They seem to understand this rule of leadership. There are some qualities that point to effective leadership skills, :

Inspiration
A good leader must know how to inspire others. He must be able to motivate his team in the beginning stages of a startup, inspire his team to see the vision of the successes to come. He must be able to recognise when the team morale is low, when to start a pep talk, organise a bonus system for the team, when to acknowledge the team efforts, when to get in the turf and turn thing around by himself and not delegate. Inspiring others in workpkaces is more of actions than words. "The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority" -Ken Blanchard

Delegation
Trust is the vital ingredient in delegation. A leader must be able to trust his team enough to make some defining actions and decisons about the business. To delegate is identify the strengths of your team, and capitalizing on them. Find out what each team member enjoys doing most. Chances are if they find that task more enjoyable, they will likely put more thought and effort behind it.

Integrity
Integrity cannot be bought with any price, in business, people are number one, not just your clients and customrers, but your workers. They must observe fairness in your decision making. Be honest, fair, candid and forthright, and treat everyone in the same way that you yourself would want to be treated. Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, its important to raise the bar even higher. As Peter Drucker puts it: "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things".

Optimism/Confidence
Alexander The Great once said: "I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion". The team leader in a business set up, must know how to stir the team with confidence especially at times when the outlook is not as rosy as planned. The brand ambassador is you, so the optimism and confidence you exude translates to calmness around the office. There is no sailor who will abandon his ship even if it is obvious it will sink.

Communication
It is not enough to have a crystal clear idea about the organization's goals, visions and missions. How it is passed down to every worker on the organization chart is even more important. I once had a lecturer in the University who taught us Law of Evidence. He was one of the poorest communicators and students had to go extra miles to understand the course. Even though he was the top of the his class at Ph.D level. He just didn't know how to disseminate the information he had. Morale is linked to productivity, and it’s your job as the team leader to instill a positive energy. A little humour here and there could pass a vital information. To achieve this level of connection, a leader should also provide ample channels for two-way communication between employees and managers, actively soliciting their ideas for improvement and
rewarding employees for submitting them. "The art of communication is the language of
leadership". -James Humes

Decision making
What is leadership without decision making? The pathfinder always makes an unpopular decision that may gain fame when effectively managed. Highly effective leaders aren’t afraid to be decisive and to make tough calls quickly when circumstances require it. As a leader, its important to learn to think outside the box and to choose which of two bad choices is the best option. Don’t immediately choose the first or easiest possibility; sometimes it is best to give these issues some thought, and even turn to your team for guidance. As John C. Maxwell succinctly puts it: "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way".

Conclusively, Leadership is a broad path in business, not many would understand, even as it stares them in the face. There cannot be any leadership without followership, and what makes a followership is a people's belief that their lives would be transformed better by the leader. "The growth and development of people is the highest calling of leadership". -Harvey S. Firestone


Source:
https://founders.com.ng/2017/07/15/qualities-good-leadership-business/


cc: Mynd44 , lalasticlala


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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by FoundersNG: 11:24am On Sep 06, 2017
Dajugba:



Nicest niche I have read on nairaland for this month. I love your writing sir, that I had to go through your link to learn from your site. I must confess your articles demand I give to you a standing innovation. keep it up sir. Can I get free guest post on your platform?




Dear respondent,
Thanks for the feedback. Yes, you can do a free guest post on our online magazine platform. Your entry(ies) should be sent through email. Publishing of same would be subject to reviews and editings by our team. Once again, thank you.
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by 400billionman: 12:09pm On Sep 06, 2017
modelmike7:
Nice compilation.
These are suppose to be the benchmark for a President of a nation.
Thank God he's got 95% of this!

Which President are you referring to ?

You mean, President of Kenya ?
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by 400billionman: 12:17pm On Sep 06, 2017
butanep:
good one. nice write up. thread of this nature will never get comments from other. in fact most of us youth will never open it but it's about a celebrity, you will see this thread has reached page seven in 5mins. Nigerian youth still have a long way to go in terms of leadership .

most youth want to lead but don't want to seek for knowledge. then how can you lead without proper knowledge?

Thank You.

I am surprised to find out that my comment is on first page on a thread that has been on front page since 8am.

Yet, the topic is exactly the problem with our country..

I opened like 34 threads and was reading them slowly while working. While my comments appeared on page 4 or 5 on other threads. Our youth cannot comment on anything knowledgeable.

The Nigerian youths are empty barrels half filled with tribalism, hero worship, illiteracy, nuisance, envy, hate and bigotry..

Yet 80% of us online here brag that we have university certificates and therefore deserve a better life.

I am sorry to say this because i am a Nigerian youth too. A leader should be someone with superior knowledge who has something to teach his followers. But in Nigeria, the people we see as leaders are either people who are popular, notorious or public nuisances..

I do not take our youths serious anymore when they complain of leadership failure..

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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Nobody: 12:59pm On Sep 06, 2017
400billionman:

Which President are you referring to ?
You mean, President of Kenya ?
Our President, but I don't know which country. You are from tho'!
Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by jfleece(m): 2:14pm On Sep 06, 2017
modelmike7:
Nice compilation.
These are suppose to be the benchmark for a President of a nation.
Thank God he's got 95% of this!
thank God u didn't specify.... If u had mentioned buhari.. I will find u and bite ur neck..

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Re: Qualities Of Good Leadership In Business by Lovintus2(m): 3:35pm On Sep 06, 2017
Nice




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