Leadership Theories - Understand Leadership Theory - Succeed
Leadership theories abound. Professors of psychology, management, sociology and related subjects are constantly doing research aimed at better understanding what makes some leaders succeed while others fail given the same set of circumstances.
||Those studies end up being published in books numbering into hundreds of pages. Good work. Keep it up, Prof.
Now, you can read the theories in those books. And then you can read some more theories in more books to soon be published by more professors aspiring for PhD in various humanities subjects.
However, what matters the most is not how many management theories or leadership theories you know, but whether you succeed when you're given a leadership position.
Know at least one theory. What theory am I talking about?
The theory that results in leadership success.
I have managed people for eleven years. By the time you read this, I would probably have managed people longer than that. And I know from practice that when you're down to action . . . when you're in the 'field of play' in terms of leadership . . . what counts is the result you get.
||To achieve the desired result, you need the information broken down in the language you understand . . . in a simple, straightforward, no non-sense kind of way. You need the information in a usable format. You need what you can put to use right now.
Now, let's get down to it. What is the leadership theory that gives optimum results?
Here it is.
"Effective leadership is about getting results through followers who understand the vision and buy into it. Therefore, communicate the vision and mission, get your people's buy in, give them opportunities to unleash their potential, and demand performance" -
Of all the available theories of leadership, the above alone guarantees success.
Let me remind you of the key elements.
1. Communicate the agenda
2. Obtain your people's buy in
3. Give them opportunities to use their initiative to achieve desired result while you facilitate
4. Give them adequate and appropriate training so they acquire the required skill set to achieve desired results
5. Measure your people's performance periodically
6. Re-train periodically to enhance performance
7. Demand performance
8. Fire non-performers
If you desire leadership success badly enough, and you follow the theory above, you will succeed.
Take that from me. It's my gift to you.
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