An organisation’s success is dependent on its leadership. The leadership of the organisation should be efficient enough to ensure that everything can be managed well, and followers should be motivated to listen to the leaders. There are different factors and perceptions about the best features of being a good leader. Different studies have considered different factors for a leader being good. The focus of the paper is to analyse a leadership paper and examine the features of a leader. There is also an aim for analysing the personality features of a good leader and what factors followers consider when looking for their leader. A good leader is expected to have a good vision, so this is also examined in this paper.
Leadership and Organisational Effectiveness
The study conducted by Larsson & Vinberg (2010) indicates that leadership behaviour is extremely vital for ensuring that the organisations are successful. There are different dimensions of leadership behaviour theory. As far as successful leadership behaviour is concerned, there are universal and contingency elements. The leadership research indicates that there is a significant influence of leadership on the effectiveness of the firm. Leadership is one of the internal factors influencing the organisational effectiveness besides factors such as strategic planning, investments, product development and marketing. In the study conducted by Larsson & Vinberg (2010), they have differentiated between different leadership styles including transformational and transactional. Transformational leadership is a leadership style in which leaders encourage and motivate the employees to develop changes so that the organisation can grow and become successful. The leaders who are transformational should have an efficient corporate culture, employee ownership. On the contrary, transactional leaders are those that focus on the supervision role, organisation and enhancing performance of the group. Leaders who take this style focus on certain tasks for motivating the followers. The authors in the study have indicated that there is a thin line of difference between these two leadership styles. Transactional leadership focuses on organisation, rewards and evaluating the performance effectively. However, transformational leadership is about high motivation and engagement with the followers. The best type of leadership between these two is transformational as it is highly important for the leaders to keep, they followers motivated. The leaders should be able to put focus on the fact that it is critical to focus on ensuring best for the followers by motivating them and listening to them. This is only possible by a transformational leader.
Elements of successful leadership
As per the study conducted by Larsson & Vinberg (2010), successful leadership is about maintaining a holistic opinion and giving enough opportunities to the team members so that they can contribute to the operations. Successful leaders can communicate effectively with their subordinates and make the organisational future clear for them. Leaders are successful when they must create an infrastructure for effective information. The leaders are successful when they keep the information exchange open, and able to discuss the economic issues well. Leaders must seriously listen to their subordinates and understand their ideas. For successful leadership, subordinates should be given empowerment and responsibility. Leaders must place their trust in subordinates so that they can feel motivated, and the team members can also be happy about their role in the organizations. Leaders can be successful when they focus on their subordinates and consider their views to run the operations. This assures the team members that they are effectively valued, and they should not focus on underestimating their team members as this can demotivate them.
Another study conducted by Marques (2006) indicates that leaders can be successful when there are three critical qualities involved: emotional intelligence, passion, and innovation. Leaders are successful when they are innovative. They must develop new ways and methods that are innovative and help in managing the organisational problems well. This study has examined various elements of a successful leader in detail.
Personality Features of a Good Leader
A study conducted by Marques (2006) has indicated that there are various personality features for a leader to be good and efficient. He conducted an experiment with some students who have provided different features that should be present in a good leader. The author believes that a leader should have enough technical knowledge so that he can engage his followers and they can put their trust in them. A leader can be strong enough to engage his followers when he has the right knowledge to make decisions (Harris & Jones, 2018). Besides this, another important skill in leaders to be effective is compliance. A leader must be compliant so that he can make his followers do it. A leader who cannot complain cannot win the trust of his followers. A leader should be able to manage the needs of the people so that they can get the trust and improve the comprehension. Another key element, as per this study, is perseverance. It is the foundation for a leader to keep going and working for its followers. A leader should be confident about himself and no matter if obstacles are in the way, he should be able to cope with them. Hence, perseverance is linked to successful leadership. Leaders also must be open-minded so that they can help the leaders to refrain from thinking. This encourages the leader to accept the opinions of his subordinates. As per this study, ethical conduct of a leader is critical for making him successful. Leader is a critical position, so he is expected to make fair decisions and for this, ethical conduct is most important. A leader must have charisma so that he can be encouraged to do something new every time. The final skill, as per this study, is communication. Leaders must have good communication skills so that there is a free and clear path of information between them and their followers. So, all these features are crucial for a leader to be good. A leader is expected to have a good vision, which implies that the thoughts and opinions of the leader should be clear. He should be able to communicate with the followers effectively with a clear notion else it can be tough for him to engage the followers. So, a good vision mean that he should have an appropriate communication with his followers and his thoughts should be clear.
Leadership is a dynamic process due to which there can be many opinions. The qualities of a good leader can be diverse and depends upon the perception of an individual. A quality which is crucial for one individual might not be for another. So, there is an exhaustive list of qualities that make leaders good and effective for all circumstances. Overall, leaders can be successful and can encourage their subordinates to follow them when they show different features of being efficient.
It can be concluded from this paper that there are various elements of a leader being good. There are different studies examined in this paper that have analysed different aspects of leadership. There are different qualities of a leader, and these qualities can be different for different people. Overall, leaders must ensure that they can understand their subordinates well if they want to be good and want their followers to understand their opinion.
Harris, A., & Jones, M. (2018). The dark side of leadership and management.
Marques, J. (2006). Leadership: emotional intelligence, passion and what else? Twww.emeraldinsight.com/0262-1711.htm. Pg. 644- 650. Accessed on 15/8/2021.
Larsson, J. & Vinberg, S. (2010), leadership behaviour in successful organisations: Universal or situation-dependent? Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, 21:3, 317-334, DOI: 10.1080/14783360903561779