is one of an essential aspect inorganizational and social settings. It entails leading anorganization or a bunch of people. Scholars tend to believe that onecould either be a naturally born leader or learn to become one.However, regardless of the method of accession to leadership, aleader has to portray certain traits if they are to fit thedescription of effective leaders. Some of these traits are inclusiveof vision, goals, decision-making, time management, team building,delegation and empowerment, initiation and implementation of change,conflict resolution, ethics and service leadership. This paper willconsider leadership as a form of service to people or organizationwhile pinpointing the essential traits of effective leadership andpossibly highlight their significance in the leadership context.
Vision is the first essential trait ofeffective leaders[ CITATION Ric15 l 1033 ].A leader should stand for something they believe in this could alsomean that they must indicate a certain position or objectives thatthey intend to achieve within their leadership context in a giventimeframe.To enforce this trait, theymust ensure that their words align with their actions. They have touse certain contextual words to create a mental picture in the mindsof those they lead. Leaders also have the responsibility of ensuringthat those they lead clearly understands the vision.
Goals and vision relates and intertwines inthat they indicate the given direction that employees take so that anorganization can reach its intended milestones. However, incomparison with a vision, goals are more specific and concrete sincethey give particular details regarding the intended direction andensures that the employees are aware of methods used to achieve thegiven objectives. Having clear goals will motive employees since theyunderstand that the leader is not just blindly leading them, but knowin which direction they are heading.
Decision-making is an integral part ofeffective leadership. In most leadership settings, leaders areresponsible for making major decisions if they make the wrongdecisions, then the whole workplace environment is likely to sufferas result of the wrong decision. Weighing all the options beforemaking the decision comes across as one of the most significanttraits of effective leaders. Leaders should also ensure that theyconsult all the relevant stakeholders inclusive of subordinateemployees to ensure that the decision voices everyone`s opinions[ CITATION Ron13 l 1033 ].Great leaders should utilize the Q-CAT decision-making system, whichenforces traits such as quicknesscommitment,analysisand thoughtfulnesswhen making decisions.
Team building is another trait that entailsdevelopment of an all-around effective team making it possible toachieve the intended objectives. To build a great team, a leader hasto ensure that everyone in the team participates in all the teamactivities[ CITATION Ric15 l 1033 ].The leader should also make sure that he/she actively engages in teamactivities to ensure that the team stays together and on the samepage. Flexibility is the key to building an achieving team wherebythe leader can alter his/her plans if need be to suit the prevailingsituation.
Time is an essential sect in all settings.Leaders have to ensure that they save on time to ensure timelycompletion of a task. There is no need of rushing to complete a taskon time the quality of the final product is poor. Therefore, a leaderhas the responsibility of ensuring that despite rushing to reachgiven objectives, the quality of the final product is important aswell. A great leader should avoid wasting time at all costs. To avoidwastage of time, leaders should come up with their strategies oradopt existing timesaving techniques. Organization comes across asone of the most crucial aspects that allow leaders to avoidscheduling conflicts and late completion of tasks.
Delegation and empowerment intertwine sincethey play similar, yet significant roles. Delegation entailsassignment of tasks and responsibilities thus leading to developmentand efficiency[ CITATION Ron13 l 1033 ].By eliminating confusion that arises due to lack of organization,delegation allows a leader to achieve their goals. On the other hand,empowerment involves a leader making employees and those they lead tobelieve that they achieve anything. This, in turn, improve theirmorale and boasts their confidence thus leading to positivedevelopment.
A leader must understand that change isessential for organizational change. Leaders have to be prepared forchanges and define techniques of adapting to the dynamism in theleadership context[ CITATION Ric15 l 1033 ].At Times, leaders must also initiate change for the positivedevelopment of those they lead and the related context.Toensure they are on the right track, effective leaders will listen tothose on the frontline, understand politics of change, understandorganizational priorities and learn to persevere despite facing manychallenges. Communicating the organizational visions to the relevantstakeholders will aid a leader during the implementation of necessarychanges.
Conflicts will normally arise in any socialsituation that allows human interactions. For example, it is commonto find employees conflicting in workplace environments. It is therole of the leader to defuse such conflicts. To do this, a leadermust possess conflict understanding and conflict resolution skills.Such skills will allow the leader to understand the source of theconflict thus come up with suitable techniques to deal with thesituation. Impartiality is the one aspect that leaders must adopt ifthey are to be successful in their endeavors of resolving conflictsor preventing future conflicts. Experience and relevant communicationskills will also come in handy during the conflict resolutionprocess.
Ethics is another trait that encompasses partsof effective leadership .an ethical leader has to behave in a certainmanner regardless of whether they are under the rule of law or not[ CITATION Ron13 l 1033 ].Traits such as justice, respect for others, honesty, leading byexample, value awareness and non-tolerance for ethical violation allportrays an ethical leader.An ethicalleader should not compromise for what they stand for regardless ofthe situation since others look up to them for inspiration.
Service and ethics play a similarrole in defining an effective leader. A leader should ensure thatthey serve others rather than concentrating on their personal,selfish motives[ CITATION Ric15 l 1033 ].Philosophical beliefs and a range of practices that defines theservant leadership. A servant leadershipportrays traits such as active listening, understanding,consciousness, influence, farsightedness, Conceptualization, StewardTrait, commitment to emancipation, and communal building. In short, aservant leader puts first the needs of those they lead.
To sum up, we can identify that for a leader tobe effective they have to possess some acceptable straits. Thiscontext discusses some of these traits, which shapes an effectiveleader. However, this does not mean that these traits only apply foreffective leaders. A leader may possess the traits and yet still failto come out as effective.so it is up to a leader to identify whichtraits bets fits their scenario and adopt them for the good of thosethey lead and for their personal and professional development.
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