Posted by: Jace O'Mallan | January 13, 2010

Leadership Style: Can either make or break a career

“Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.” -Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

“Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.” Stephen R. Covey

What I’ve learned so far about leadership; whether you are managing a team at work, captain of a sports team, or the top executive at a major corporation, is that it takes more than just having the title when becoming an effective leader. I also learned that there are many different styles of leadership many use in their organization. Styles such as autocratic leadership, charismatic leadership, transactional and transformational leadership, and so on. A person’s leadership style depends a lot on the way they relate to their subordinates. A previous professor of mine once told me, “It’s easy to become a good leader, but it takes a lot more effort and hard work to become a great leader.” This is something that I always hold true since one day I may be given the responsibility of leading my own team.

I can relate to my previous posts about ethics, diversity, honesty, attitude, and culture as well. Each and every on of these characteristics are important when it comes to differentiating a good leader to a great leader. They are also important elements to leading a successful organization and gaining the reputation and credibility needed to become recognized by your competitors.

When dealing with ethics, it is important that a leader maintain a positive work environment where every person is responsible for their own actions. By showing good work ethics, you are therefore influencing the work ethics of your subordinates.

It is important to keep a diverse and culture-driven attitude to have a successful product and service within your organization. Employing the right people with different cultural backgrounds provides a more diverse atmosphere to the organization that can help benefit in the long run. Having a positive attitude towards your employees and yourself brings forth a positive environment that both your customers and competitors will appreciate and respect the way your business is done.

So I ask you this one question before I end, are you satisfied with being a good leader, or are you willing to take that next step to becoming a great leader?

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