Who Is A Leader?
A leader is defined as an individual who influences a group of people to act in a certain way in order to attain a certain goal. In this case, leadership is the process by which an individual enlists the support and aid of other people in an effort to accomplish a common goal or purpose. It is the creation of infrastructure for individuals to make contributions towards the attainment of a predetermined goal.
Of course there is leadership that can be defined as effective and ineffective. At this particular juncture, effective leadership would be our main concern as being in a position to influence legions of people is only desirable when it is for the right course.
Effective leadership incorporates the capacity to integrate as well as optimize successfully the use of the resources that are at your disposal whether in the internal or external environment in an effort to attain societal or organizational goals.
There are many theories that abide to the aspects of leadership. It is important to acknowledge that leadership does not always have to incorporate formal authority. However, there are the unique powers that an individual must possess in order to be in a position to influence their followers or peers or even be able to control the available resources.
It is important that a leader deemed to be successful incorporate effective use of these powers in order to influence their subordinates or followers. The leaders would have to understand what the utility of power is in order to enhance the strength of their leadership.
There are various forms of powers including:-
- Coercive power- This is power that an individual derives from their ability to offer punishment to their followers. In most cases, these powers are held by leaders in organizations in which case, they can always suspend their followers, employees or subordinates.
One thing that you can be sure of is that, as much as this power guarantees one a good following; it does not always come with love or respect. In most cases, the subordinates follow the individual not on their own will, volition or incentive but out of fear of reprisal. Many are the times that individuals are loathed when they apply this type of power to their subordinates. However, that does not undermine its utility in ensuring that the goal of an organization is attained or a quality job is done.
- Legitimate power- This type of power is also common within organizational structures only. In this case, an individual will only have as much power as their position in the organization, group or team allows them to. This points at the element of hierarchy in the organization as the higher the position of an individual the more the power they have.
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- Reward power- Also most common in formal organizations or institutions, the power is held by a leader who has the ability to give rewards to individuals under them. In this case, they will be in a position to influence the actions of their subordinates simply because of the carrot they are floating. In most cases, these rewards are awarded to the subordinates who have performed well and could be in the form of promotions or a raise in their pay.
This has the effect of rallying the people around the same goal or purpose though in cases where the reward system is for individuals, you may have individuals pulling in different directions in an effort to outwit each other. As much as it would still get the job done, sometimes it creates conflicts when the reward infrastructure is not deemed to be fair. In this case, it could have the effect of dividing the group instead of uniting them in cases where favoritism is incorporated.
- Charismatic power- This power can be held by individuals in both formal and informal organizations. In this case, the ability of the leader to appeal to the feelings of their followers guarantees them instant loyalty love and even an element of fanaticism.
The leader is in a position to positively influence the followers through their charisma mainly in their speeches. The followers are able to identify with the leader creating an element of interpersonal influence. This can actually be one of the most effective powers in getting the job done. The ability of the leader to tag to the feelings of the followers confers on them a great deal of power.
- Expert power- This could also be in either informal or formal organizations. In this case, the individual holds a semblance of power due to their expertise, abilities, skills, experience, knowledge or abilities. A manager therefore has to be holding some expertise that other people do not have in order to remain relevant as a leader. This leader is always a valuable asset to the organization or society in which they apply their skills and expertise.
- Information power- This is not very different from expert power. However, the leader in this case is in possession of valuable information which would enhance the functioning of the organization or the attainment of the societal goals. One thing that you will note is that this power does not come with hierarchy as individuals in lower echelons of hierarchy could be holding more information power. This does not many it less power. In fact it is recognized as one of the most genuine forms of power as it derives its viability from knowledge.
- Referent power- This form of power is derived from an individual’s association with another. In this case, you will have individuals going by the terms like deputy or assistant. It is not always a very dependable form of power especially as far as influencing people towards a common goal is concerned.
Let me ask you a question: How many hours are there in a week? If you answered; 40 hours more than likely you work a 9-5 job with the weekends off. If you answered; 168 hours more than likely you’re an entrepreneur, or you’re just great at multiplication (24 hours x 7 days = 168 hours)
Many people believe that there are only eight working hours in a day, but we all know it is twenty four hours in a day. Everyone has the same twenty four hours, whether you work a 9-5 job or an entrepreneur. There is simply no exception. Then why is it that some people manage to accomplish so much in those twenty four hours, while some simply waste their time away? Have you ever felt like the day just flew by and you’ve accomplished nothing on your so called “to do list”?
Since there is no way to make a day last more than twenty four hours, the next best thing we can do is to maximize our efficiency during those twenty four hours. Here are five strategies to help you accomplish that end.
1) Develop a “Get It Done” list
Having a “Get It Done” list gives you a sense of direction and lets you know exactly what it is you’re supposed to get done for that day. A common mistake many people make is they go about their day without any direction or focus. Then others try to stuff in too many things for the day, and end up feeling disappointed for they have not accomplished anything. A “Get It Done” list should only have at least 3-5 “important” things that must get done. I like to call it my 3-5 income producing activities, and mowing the lawn is not one of them. You have to determine what’s important to you and get it done.
2) Block out your time
Blocking out a set time that you can create a “Get It Done” list is very effective. This can be done in the morning, while everyone is still sleeping or in the evening, right before you go to bed. It’s very important that you do not be distracted during this time. It allows you to set how much time you should spend on each individual activity, and the sense of urgency and lack of distractions prevents your mind from wandering and improves your focus.
3) Focus on one thing at a time
The power of focusing on one thing at a time is of utmost importance and ties in with the rest of the points. While multi-tasking is a common activity in today’s fast-paced world, we must be realistic and realize that many items cannot be grouped together and done simultaneously. Focusing on one thing at a time not only allows you to maintain full concentration on that one activity and allowing you to complete it fast, it also results in a high quality of work as your attention is not diverted to other issues.
4) Give yourself a break
Workaholics often have this thinking that giving yourself a break is being too indulgent, and is something to be avoided at all costs. I can relate to this, I would work, work, work and at the end of the day I’d realize I did not take any time out for me. So I would stay up later and try to find time to read or watch something I enjoy just to take my mind off the next project. The truth is this is detrimental to your health it also zaps your creative energy. In short, an occasional break or reward for yourself is essential to continue to function effectively.
5) Set goals
Setting goals is somewhat similar to writing a Get It Done list. The difference is that your goals provide a big picture view of your objectives. Your goals should be classified into short-term and long-term goals for a clearer picture of what you plan to achieve. Your “Get It Done” list is the stepping stone to accomplishing the big picture.
If you diligently take action and implement the give strategies in this article, you will be well on your way to maximizing your efficiency and to having a renewed sense of vigour in carrying out your daily activities! Now go Get It Done!
An entrepreneur is specified in the dictionary as an individual who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking financial risk to do so. There’s definitely a lot of financial risk involved with being an entrepreneur. Management skills and strong team building abilities are essential leadership attributes to be a successful entrepreneur.
Driven and Creative
All the same, if I were to write the definition, I would have to state an entrepreneur is somebody who is driven and has a desire to create. They are risk takers and creative individuals! Most entrepreneurs are able to fight through the beginning struggles of starting a business and they have the drive to overcome most setbacks. It is consuming to be an entrepreneur and I occasionally have to remind myself why I am one. I would not give it up for the world. I love to see a business ideas come to reality.
Entrepreneurs must have a command over balancing their life!
Although it may get really hectic, you simply have to recall that you are your own boss and you have produced a business that may require a great deal of your time.
Plan Time with Loved Ones
As an entrepreneur you must plan the time to spend with your loved ones. Stepping away from my business at specified times has helped me tremendously. It helps me get back into the creative flow and most importantly it shows the people that matter the most that they are valued. Many first time entrepreneurs have the fear that if they are not around the business would fail. You are the boss, so you can step away when you please; there is not one individual who may fire you.
An entrepreneur does not have a 9-5 work schedule. They are constantly on the clock and on the run. All the same, they have produced their work environment and consequently it ought to be enjoyed! They do not have to wear a suit and tie; they may dress in the way they choose. Just make sure when you are meeting with clients you dress appropriately, they may not find your snoopy slippers amusing.
An entrepreneur who has built a company from the ground up or taken their concept and seen it grow into something splendid ought to have exorbitant amount self-confidence in themselves! While it may not always go according to plan, an entrepreneur ought to be grateful that they have been able to produce a business; for many would be entrepreneurs have fell by the wayside.
Businesses Create Jobs
Not only do entrepreneurs produce a line of work for themselves and their family, but likewise they are able to provide jobs for others! Opening up your own business allows other people the chance to have an occupation in an amazing company.
As an entrepreneur, is your company built to prosper?
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