In today's rapidly growing market, there are two key components to any successful organization. These two components are strong leadership and effective management. When it comes right down to the more important of the two, leadership leads the way in being the key to a successful business. There are many skills and characteristic traits needed to be a strong leader in the workplace, and many people get confused about the two. Also, one must know why a leader is so crucial by evaluating their role in making the organization successful.
Leadership is the process of influencing others to achieve group or organizational goals. Other the flipside, management is getting work done through others. The main difference between the two is that leaders are concerned about doing the right thing, while managers are concerned about doing things right. Although both managers and leaders to essential to the business, most businesses are over managed and under led. A great manager can take their current business and optimize it so goals can get done. They mainly focus on right now rather than on what the future is going to bring. Superior organizations want to have great management, but they must have far more superior leadership.
Leaders go beyond right now; they have the ability to look into the future and see the potential for the business on entirely different level. Leaders are essential for inspiring employees and setting long-term goals. Mangers and leaders both set out to accomplish goals, but leaders do it in a much different manner. Managers set goals with the help of policies, procedures, schedules, incentives, discipline and other valuable mechanisms that help push the employees to reach the companies goals. However, leaders challenge their employees to achieve goals by creating a strategic vision which in turn unlocks their employees' potential.
Leaders have skills that can be incorporated into any management style to help mangers become leaders of the future. The first skill I believe is important is the ability to inspire action. Leaders help their workforce see how they as individuals can single handedly help create the future of the business. They have the ability to inspire their followers to be creative and go beyond the boundaries of the normal business structure. Leaders are effective in doing this because they aren't afraid to be hands on. In turn, leaders that are good at being hands on know exactly what is required to help clear the path for their employees to be successful. Communication/Listening, I believe, is the next important skill leaders must possess. Successful leaders make a commitment to communicate with their staff and keep them informed on the success of the business as it moves into the future. Employees want their voices to be heard so they can have that feeling that they are an important part of the company's future. Leaders must listen to their employees' ideas and use what ones can help...