In recent weeks I have asked several business owners to explain leadership. I am talking in a textbook sense. The majority answered vaguely at best in comparison with institutional definitions of leadership. The rationale I get from those who would talk to me is that the books aren`t reality. So this got me thinking about starting a topic that is devoted to the nuts and bolts of leadership, and how it is used in the business world.
Leadership to me is having the charisma and skills to lead people and projects to completion, or continue with steady momentum in the most effective manner possible. Not only marshalling this movement, but doing so in a way that everyone involved is sold on the idea they are involved with. Leadership is a set of actual tools that can be used to achieve these results.
This of course leads to another area or sub-level of leadership and that is behavior modification, motivation, and effective emotional intelligence management.
So, how far does one go to become an effective leader? Is it enough to just say I have lead a project, and it was completed? Or do we need to dig deeper and learn the depths of what it really takes to lead people?
Classic and modern text books tell you the difference between management and leadership is the difference between effectiveness and efficiency. Any comments on that?
How do you use leadership in your business practices? Is it a total situational based decision when you decide to use management tools as opposed to leadership tools?