The ART of Effective Leadership

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Think for a moment about your favorite leaders, role models, coaches or teachers. They had certain qualities and styles that drew you in and made you want to follow them. Some people are born to lead, but not all leaders are effective. Leaders must develop and learn new skills and practice them in order to be effective. 

Today, I will cover the art of leadership, highlighting 3 skills needed to lead effectively and three leadership styles that are used to create a masterpiece team.

All great artists practice their skills. A singer warms up their voice and goes over the performance for hours before they are stage ready. Effective leadership requires the same focus and hard work as an artist. Leadership is an art and an acronym is the best way to break it down into small chunks.

The “A” in ART is for Attention.

How do you get people’s attention as a leader?

You ask them for ideas, opinions and what worked in the past.

Attention – Dictionary.com – defines it as simply redirecting the mind.

Think of it this way: moving in the right direction in order to produce the desired results, In other words, don’t take your eyes off the vision.

“Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.” ~ Seth Godin

Give people a platform and you have their attention and buy in.

Innovative leadership is the best style of a leader to demonstrate getting people’s attention by providing them a platform.

It is defined as the ability to influence others to create “new and better” ideas to move towards positive goal. Some qualities of an innovative leader?  You may recognize these in yourself and others.

  1. Lifelong Learner
  2. Relationship-Focused
  3. Calculated Risks
  4. Visionary

The “R” in ART is for Respect.

“The art of leadership is saying no, not yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Blair

Not all roads are the right roads and not every path should be taken. A good leader knows the difference between what will add value and what is a distraction. This is where the coaching leadership style is the most beneficial.

Coaching Style Leadership

According to Performance Consultants firm in Europe – “the coaching style of leadership is characterized by partnership and collaboration. When leaders behave like coaches, command and control give way to collaboration and creativity. Blame gives way to feedback and learning, and external motivators are replaced by self-motivation. Barriers fall, teams build and change is no longer feared but welcomed. Short-term fire-fighting reactions are superseded by longer-term strategic thinking.”

What is a Coaching Leadership Style?

The coach helps to eliminate competition. Team members start to respect the opinions of others and treat the team fairly. The coach takes the lead, but not in a commanding way.  It is a systematic pull on the members, motivating and guiding them to their destination together.

We covered A for Attention, R for Respect. The “T” is ART is for Trust.

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower

In any relationship, at home, work, volunteer organizations, trust is crucial. With it, others voices are heard and they feel needed and valued. Without it, there is breakdown in communication and people become defensive and more focused on their own views and values and less on the team.

Altruistic leadership style

According to Ben Janse, Content Manager from Tools Hero, “Altruistic Leadership is defined as the guiding of others with the goal of improving their well-being or emotional state. Empathy, kindness, listening and selfishness” are words to describe this type of leader.”

Innovative, Coaching and Altruistic leadership styles work well in both in customer service corporations and non-profit organizations. It takes time for the team to build. Effective leadership is an art and should not be rushed. Giving the members attention respect and trust leads to a masterpiece team.

What type of leader are you?

What skills do you need to develop in order to be more effective?

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