After studying a leadership model called “The Ego Factor”, I noticed it pointed out that torpid growth, lost market share, and panic response management are more likely to occur if growth objectives are Ego driven vs. Profit driven. This often leads to personal needs getting ahead of business needs and is a common symptom of the lack of leadership within an organization.
A servant leader makes a conscious choice to lead by being a servant first. He or she is noticeably different from the person who is leading first, because of the need to alleviate an unusual power drive or to acquire material possessions.
It has been shown that effective leaders go through a never ending development process that includes education, self study, training, experience and coaching and mentoring from one or several individuals that have a very positive influence on their personal development. Leadership is the ability to influence, inspire and motivate others to accomplish specific objectives. It includes creating a culture that helps direct the organization in such a way that it makes it consistent and coherent keeping short term goals and objectives in alignment with long term strategic initiatives. The success of leadership in this process is directly influenced by the individual leaders’ beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge and skills.
Position and title may give one power but power in itself does not make one an effective leader. To become an effective leader there are specific skill sets that one must understand and master. This does not come naturally. It takes dedication, passion and commitment to the process. That commitment, dedication and passion includes a tireless effort to improve on specific skills and the development of a personal leadership methodology. This is referred to as your personal leadership model.
What is your personal leadership model?