Leaders know what they value. They also recognize the importance of ethical behavior. The best leaders exhibit both their values and their ethics in their leadership style and actions. Your leadership ethics and values should be visible because you live them in your actions every single day.
1. Think of a great leadership lesson/quality/resource you’d like to write about – this could be something you’ve read or heard lately that you’d like to explore or add your own thoughts. Possibly an idea you’d like to challenge or a book you’d like to review.
- Introduce the key points and ideas – Be clear and concise to explain the main points and details in brief.
- Find 3 good points within your idea to discuss – three points are easy for people to remember and it makes a block of information a lot more clear and readable. Find 3 main points in your leadership article and discuss their relevance to your subject.
- Build an argument and conclude your article – Hopefully by now you’ve written something great and inspiring! so bring it together and draw out some clear conclusions and points of interest.
Qualities to be possessed
Choose to lead.
Be the person others choose to follow.
Provide vision for the future.
Make other people feel important and appreciated.
Live your values. Behave ethically. (Current article – you are here.)
Set the pace through your expectations and example.
Establish an environment of continuous improvement.
Provide opportunities for people to grow, both personally and professionally.
Care and act with compassion.
Contingency theories of leadership focus on particular variables related to the environment that might determine which particular style of leadership is best suited for the situation. According to this theory, no leadership style is best in all situations. Success depends upon a number of variables, including the leadership style, qualities of the followers and aspects of the situation.
Participative leadership theories suggest that the ideal leadership style is one that takes the input of others into account. These leaders encourage participation and contributions from group members and help group members feel more relevant and committed to the decision-making process. In participative theories, however, the leader retains the right to allow the input of others.
Effective leadership does not come from mere knowledge about what successful leaders do; or from trying to emulate the characteristics or styles of noteworthy leaders; or from trying to remember and follow the steps, tips, or techniques from books or coaching on leadership. And it certainly does not come from merely being in a leadership position or in a position of authority or having decision rights. This paper, the sixth of six pre-course reading assignments for an experimental leadership course developed by HBS professor emeritus Michael C. Jensen and coauthors, accompanies a course specifically designed to provide actionable access to being a leader and the effective exercise of leadership as one’s natural self-expression
By David Gallagher