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A set up where individuals from different backgrounds, educational qualifications and varied interests come together on a common platform to achieve certain objectives is called an organisation.

 

What is leadership? 

The art of managing the employees and extracting the best out of them refers to leadership. Employees should not treat their work as a burden for them to deliver their level best at the workplace.

An effective leadership enables the employees to work together as a single unit towards a common goal.

 

Why leadership at the workplace?

It is rightly said that success and failure of an organisation depends on its leader.

  • Leadership encourages the employees to contribute effectively to the success of their teams as well as the organisation.
  • An effective leadership helps the employees to work together in close coordination at the workplace and strive hard to accomplish tasks within the stipulated time frame.
  • A job mismatch at the workplace leads to politics and eventually demotivated employees.
  • A good leader does not impose work on the employees. The roles and responsibilities must be delegated as per the interest and specialisation of the individuals.
  • Leadership gives a sense of direction to its employees. Every individual knows what he is supposed to do at the workplace.
  • An effective leadership reduces the chances of politics and conflicts in the organisation. Employees stick to an organisation for a longer duration under the guidance of able leaders.
  • Employees need someone to guide and correct them whenever they are wrong. A good leader is one who helps the individuals in their assignments and motivates them to deliver results every time.
  • Effective Leadership goes a long way in strengthening the bond amongst the employees and makes them face even the toughest times with a smile.
  • In the current scenario, leaders should be more like mentors rather than being a strict boss. The “Hitler Approach” does not work in the existing situation.
  • It is essential for the leader to interact with the employees more often. Find out what they expect from you as well as the organisation. Take initiatives and help them think out of the box.
  • A leader must act as a constant pillar of support for the employees. Individuals must be able to fall back upon the leader at difficult times. Never make fun of their problems or criticise them unnecessarily. Issues must not be left unaddressed.
  • In cases of conflicts, a leader must intervene and sort out the differences immediately. Let individuals sit face to face and discuss their problems amongst themselves. Avoid being partial towards anyone.
  • A leader should be a good role model for the employees. Be a source of inspiration for them.
  • Know what your team members are up to. Keep a track of their work. Performance reviews are essential. Ask the employees to keep you in the loop as well. Appreciate if any of the team members has done well. Individuals not performing up to the mark must be dealt with patience and care.
  • Don’t be too harsh on the employees. Understand their problems as well. Don’t expect an individual to attend office on his birthday or anniversary. Be a little more realistic.

To conclude, leadership encourages the employees to trust their mentors and count on them always at the workplace.

 


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