Wednesday 15th Aug 2018 - Charan Sarai
Manager and leader are sometimes treated like they are interchangeable terms, but Thornfields Training Delivery Manager Charan Sarai has highlighted the big differences between the two and written up her key tips on how to reach your full potential as a leader.
The first in a two-part article focuses on defintions and characteristics.
A good leader will be followed, but a great leader will go further and teach others how to become leaders themselves. Leaders who have no followers cannot really be considered leaders at all.
One definition of leadership that I really like comes from author James Scouller, who describes leadership as a process - “a series of choices and actions around defining and achieving a goal.”
My understanding of Scouller’s thoughts is that ‘leadership’ and ‘the leader’ are not one and the same, something set out in his work The Three Levels of Leadership (2011). This helped me think clearly about the importance of staying power and inspiration… setting out that vision, purpose, and direction. All of this coupled with enthusiasm and working collaboratively fuelled my desire to know more about this topic.
The Key Strength is Integrity
Do you have the ability to be natural and confident, rather than trying to rigidly do things by the book? I believe one of the key responsibilities of a leader is being squarely in the here and now, in the flow and completely present.
An example of this philosophy is the idea of the Authentic Leader - one who knows and lives by their values. They succeed by winning trust, being real and not being concerned about living up to other people’s expectations.
Reflecting on these abilities helps you to be real and true to yourself, and part of your own ongoing development is maintaining this, effectively learning how to lead yourself first. Bill George listed four elements that are key to authentic leaders, which I hope will align with your beliefs and be a source of encouragement.
Next, let’s look at our top three Personal Characteristics of Leadership, which will help you in practice.
Finally, here are some last ideas to think about: