Everyone can be a leader. But did we know to be a good leader not a simple as a word? Leader or leadership in general, we can say as someone in the higher position. But it also can be defined as someone who needs to lead in an organization or people and ability to do something. “Leadership refers to the ability of an individual (leader) to influence (through a set of behaviors) a group of individuals to achieve a common goal”, (Northouse, 2014). Meanwhile, being a leader is a process for someone to know themselves and can be inspiring for others.
However, to be a leader in business “path-goals theory suggests leaders motivate followers by making the path to goal accomplishment clear by removing obstacles that might impede the accomplishment of those goals”, (Ledbetter, 2016). A leader in a business way is the main thing for someone know their future like what they want for their organization and how the planning can success. “Leadership occurs when the organization builds a cadre of future leaders who have the capacity to shape an organization’s culture and create patterns of success”, (Ulrich and Smallwood, 2014).
Moreover, here are seven quality to be a good leader which is a leader should have strategic planning and clear vision, integrity with others, give the commitment in work, stay humble, have a good effective communicator, be confidences and good in teamwork so that people can inspire them as a leader.
2.0 QUALITY OF LEADERSHIP
2.1 Strategic Planning and Clear Vision
Being a good leader for an organization should have a strategic planning and a clear vision. As a leader, they know what they want for the future to achieve the target. Besides, the only leader can decide what they want to be and what should they do for their organization. In a business organization, if we do not have a vision, it will make us easy to give up and we will not see how the organization be like in future. “Good business leaders create a vision, articulate the vision, passionately own the vision, and relentlessly drive it to completion”, (Jack Welch, 2018). It’s mean, even we not a success for the first trial or had been rejected, we should try again until dreams come true. For example like Jack Ma, where he had been rejected to enter Oxford thirty times, but it doesn’t mean he fails forever. He wakes up and creates new ideas for business e-commerce which is Alibaba.com. Even people said, the ideas not logically but he believes he can make it.
People always said be integrity in the organization. But that we truly understand about integrity? According to Zig Ziglar one of the motivational speaker, “With integrity, you have nothing to fear, since you have nothing to hide. With integrity, you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt”. Integrity can be defined as do the right thing with the right way and being truthfulness in job given. A leader with full integrity is key for them to succeed in business. So, “Integrity is one of the fundamental values that employers seek in the employees that they hire. It is the hallmark of a person who demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles at work. Integrity is the foundation on which coworkers build relationships, trust and effectiveness interpersonal relationships”, (Susan, 2018). For example like when in a team have two leaders, then one of the leaders get the new project but he or she not share with another leader because he or she afraid other leaders can do more better rather than him. So, he or she takes advantage to tell their close group. This situation will give an impact for them, where workers will not respect or follow their rules because of no teamwork in their feel and he or she also didn’t have integrity work in the team.
As a leader, we not only focus on what the worker do for us, but a leader should give commitment with what they want for their organizations. If teams look up with what leader do, of course, they will inspire them to commit to the work.
One of the reason leaders should commitment with the work because it can make the teams motivated in what leader do where they should together with the leader to ensure the work can succeed in right time. I have watch Jack Ma video where they said, “Be a good leader never complained others, never complain about the work and always committed with the work besides always think positive”. As a business person, never complain and think positive from negative side is a key for someone committed with their work. This is because, from the clear vision, they know what they want. So as a leader, they will gain knowledge from a professional person who has more experiences in business and try to learn to make the worker easy to do the job and ensure the strategic success in a good way.
2.4 Stay Humble
Stay humble even your position higher than them but work closely with them to hear the problems. Be a good leader not only the status that you get but stay humble and try close with them and give them space to do their job and try to share their ideas. It will make the organization become better with a variety of ideas when have worker think out of a box. Cooperate with staff and understand their responsibility and work together with them. This is because
they will work for you and as a result, twenty percent of your people contribute
80 percent of your result (Brian Tracy, 2013). According to Marissa Mayer CEO
of Yahoo, “Every employee you hire is an idea factory and more they understand what your startup does, the higher is the probability for them to come up with ground-breaking, disruptive ideas”.
2.5 Good Effective Communicator
In business organizations, be an effective communicator is the important thing where a leader should explain to the worker start from bottom level until top level,
each department and as well as via phone, email and social media. This is because communication through verbal and non-verbal can help each of them exchange the ideas and ensure parallel with their goals. Communication by words has the power to motivate people and make them do the unthinkable.
Communications in business are the way for someone come out the creative ideas, this is because we can see from them how the strategic planning that they can do to improve the organizations like do some advertising for business.
Moreover, a leader in business not only work alone but it full with the team such as an event where all staff need participated and if leader not communicates well with them or give instructions it can make miscommunication problem between leader and staff. Besides, as a good leader, they should admit their own mistakes without others say negative at the back. A leader also not a perfect person, and sometime they should lower the ego to give inspired for their staff where admit own mistakes. From that, we can learn how to improve it. “No
one ever became a great leader without first becoming a great communicator”,
(Dr. Travis Bradberry co-founder of TalentSmart).
Be a leader, they should confidence in what they decide for their organizations. This is because being confident enough to ensure others follow your commands. To be a great leader, sometimes we need oozing with confidences, show some swagger and assertiveness to gain the respect of your subordinates. It doesn’t mean we should over confidences, but sometimes you should at least reflect the degree of confidences required to ensure that your followers trust you as a leader. If we, not confidence in what we want to do it will become a big trouble for organizations. This is because once your company has
good quality and people believe in your services, of course, your workers will stay and work hard to achieve more target based on your planning. If a leader not unsure with their own decisions, then your subordinates will never follow you.
For example like Dato’ Sri Aliff Syukri B. Kamarzaman, where he likes to do a gimmick and many people said it looks like annoying. But, his not doing this for the glamorous but to generate income. So, confidence is a weapon for businessman or women do something different with others and make it as the trademark.
2.7 Good in Teamwork
Teamwork and inspired your worker can make your organizations becomes more strategic and the workers will feel the environments not only for work but it also fun to do the work with leaders. Sometimes a leader must go down with bottom level. If we do not go in lower level, we will not see their ideas where sometimes have people more creative rather than leaders. That is opportunities for the company to improve the problem or staff problems to ensure it will not happen again. For example like Vivvy Yusof founder of Fashion Vallet where she makes their company informal environment so she takes it all their staff as their friends. I have seen her as active businesswomen where every time to do a
meeting, she will do all their team and make it not informal. Moreover, they will ask others opinions to make it the project will success with a variety of ideas.
In conclusion, we know being a leader not a simple as a word but that is the process for someone learn and know themselves. Leadership would motivate and empower people as implementing a great vision requires inspiration and energy (Kotter, 2001; Higgs and Dulewicz, 2016). According to Brian Tracy (2018), “Leadership is more who you are than what you do”. “Leader has a huge role to play in the future success of any organization but we must learn to appreciate that one leader can do very well in one culture, but not so well in another, so it is vital that organizations have an effective assessment and development strategy in place to deliver their business agenda”, (Povah, L., 2012). Each organization can succeed if have a good leader with good quality and they will ensure dreams come true.