Leadership is a means of bringing out the best elements and characteristics in people through inspiring and motivating them to set out their talents, skills and energies to deliver the vision of the organization and is not an end by itself. Leadership directly affects the actions and HYPERLINK "http://www.iwise2.com/behaviour" behavior of others. The current views of leadership are moving away from influence with the use of authority, command and control, position towards a policy of influencing through connecting with and relating to people, building trust, empowering, inspiring and motivating people, creating a powerful vision of the future, role modeling integrity and honesty and communicating the vision in ways that generate commitment (Rigg, 2006).
It is for such a reason that I maintain that a leader needs to be an honest and understanding individual. This should be reflected in matters of what they know and what needs to be done. In addition, it is important to note that the followers and not the leader determine whether or not the leader will be successful. For instance, if they lack trust or confidence in the leader therein, they will remain uninspired (Storey, 2003). To become more successful the leader has to convince the followers and not the superiors that there is worth in being followed. Different people demand substantially different leadership styles. For instance, new hires require considerable supervision as compared to experienced employees. People lacking motivation need different approaches than those with high levels of motivation. The leader needs to know the people. The crucial starting point is to have a thorough understanding of the human nature including matters of motivation, emotions, and needs. There is need to know the employees' and their attributes.
Leadership requires a clear two-way HYPERLINK "http://www.nwlink.com/%7Edonclark/leader/leadcom.html" communication as much of the same remain nonverbal. For example, when the leader sets an example, it communicates to the people that he would not force them to do any task that they would be unwilling to do. In this respect, what and how the leader communicates will either build or harm the existing relationship between him and his followers. All leadership situations are evidently different. What can be done in a given situation may not necessarily work in a subsequent situation (Wart & Suino, 2012). It is on these grounds that the leader needs to use thorough judgment in deciding the most appropriate courses of action as well as the leadership styles which are necessary in each situation. For instance, the leader may require to occasionally confront employees on matters of inappropriate behavior. However, if the confrontation is relatively harsh or too weak, late or too early, the outcomes could prove ineffective.
I also observe that trust as well as confidence in the top leadership avenues in an organization is the most reliable determiner of employee satisfaction. Effective communication through leadership can be cultivated in various critical areas that are integral to establishing, developing and maintaining organizational confidence and trust (Storey, 2003). Communication helps employees extensively understand …