As a leader I perceive myself to be a democratic, and firm when needed leader. I dislike traditional leadership styles, of the leader and his employees. As a team a leader is merely a team player who offers the team direction and purpose, and steers the ship through rocky waters. I don’t think a leader, should be someone who dictates orders to his team players and expect work done by certain deadlines. Obviously work needs to be done by deadlines, but I feel the best work won’t be completed under an order.
Also as a leader, I believe people need praise and encouragement, a lot more than critiques and criticism.
The quote in the title is a quote by John C.Maxwell, and the full quote goes like this;
If you are a leader, you should never forget that everyone needs encouragement. And everyone who receives it – young or old, successful or less-than-successful, unknown or famous – is changed by it.
John C. Maxwell
I completely agree with this statement.
A leader should be someone who simply aids their team player, with praise for their hard work and effort, and criticism only when needed, but conveyed in a constructive way. You also will get some people who simply won’t work in your group and more firm action may need to be taken, but this is ok. Its all about building your team. A team may start with 100 people, but then end with 20. This doesn’t mean a failure. Sometimes a team situation that has been in effect ‘chosen’, like a University degree or project, sometimes some people are not built for that role, so do drop out or leave off their own accord, thats ok.
The people that remain are the people who will stick with you no matter what, and will get the job done with a high degree of detail and quality.
So this links back to the title of this post. Praising them and being a leader who understands that they are not ‘higher’ than their team leaders, the only thing that makes them different is a job title on their CV, they are still a regular person, who has specific skills in a specific area, and works their part of the team, to make sure the team works like a well oiled machine.
No one likes dictators, and they tend to fall eventually, ask Hitler, Stalin, Mao, and others in the past.
Brandon x x x