Nearly everyone wants to be known as a leader, and it is probably one of the most often used adjectives in a job seeker’s resume. But exactly who is a leader, and why is it important to both the employee and the company to be or have quality leaders?
The ability to led means you have to be able to make sound decisions often with incomplete information and accept the risk of those decisions. An effective leader knows how to inspire themselves and others to achieve challenging goals. Leaders have an amazing amount of self-confidence while still having humility, possess strong communication and people management skills, and have an adaptable or flexible approach to managing change.
So why are leaders so important to an organization? To simply say that leaders help an organization achieve its goals is overly simplistic. It is the ways that a leader accomplishes those objectives that are important. One of these ways is by motivating and challenging people to be better at that jobs. Additionally, a good leader is also a team builder assembling a staff with often diverse backgrounds, skill sets, and objectives into a cohesive group that works together as seamlessly as possible.
A company also establish a framework of authority. This aids the company by enforcing policies and procedures. In the absence of formal leadership, an informal leader will most likely emerge, someone who may not be in sync with the official objectives of the company. Once this informal leader is allowed to assume a position of leadership, the organization may have a difficult time reestablishing authority.
One of the important things to remember about leadership in business is that not every leader has the same skills. Some leaders are true visionaries, but not very good at communication. Others can inspire people and build great teams, but lack in setting realistic goals. There are many people who have incredible charisma, a trait closely related to leadership, who are not leaders at all.
In addition, leadership is not just the ability to accomplish a set of given tasks. There are a great many technicians that can perform an agenda of tasks without any leadership ability. Likewise, leadership is not solely an assigned function. Many times, as mentioned early, leadership arises in a vacuum through an informal ascent by someone filling a void.
When looking for an executive position with one of the many recruiters in the DC area such as The Lucas Group, The Tangent Group, or Parker + Lynch, be sure to demonstrate your leadership qualities from the start.