Critical Thinking: Powerful Leadership and Influencing Others
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Although I do not wear a badge displaying “ CEO,” or a jeweled crown to show the superiority I have, I am still a person that holds an influential role. Whether one cares to acknowledge the affects one’s actions contain, or who is around to witness the cause-and-effect along with the aftermath and what can be learned from these scenarios, there is always someone watching and learning from the things you say and do. As for myself, the reward comes into play when you, yourself get the opportunity to measure the genuinity of members of your team. To actually see firsthand, people that learned by watching you, trusting in you, and now applying the ethical standards you strived for all members to value, and step up to the frontline.
Each challenge will bring your purpose and intelligence under the microscope, yet, will leave no question unanswered. In previous articles, establishing skills as a powerful leader and having flawless execution, was viewed with understanding and applied in learning exercises. Understanding the gears that run leadership skills will open new foundations and bridge communication within your network. These elements include: having a well-articulated vision, displaying consistency, and having accountability. This article will clarify the key concepts to each one of these elements and the value each of them carry for continuous Improvement in your network.
Powerful leadership can not exist without a vision. This element is what the core of an organization is: how it was made, the networks growth, and, most importantly, the people that made it happen. Once your network has all the components to keep it self running, working in new ideas and planning for future changes will be like clockwork. The vision of the “big picture” is much more than a “poster on the wall.” This element is rather instilled in the leaders mission and becomes a natural behavior through out its structure. A lot of what makes an influential leader is not observed in that leader but rather the impressions that are left on ones followers (Kooskora, M., 2010) A vision comes from what a leader can put into action, with long-term, positive results.
Results is what everyone is looking for when examining a team’s performance.
Consistency is a major part of teamwork, that is ideally delegated by higher authority. Incorporating values in the work completed by members will make the work environment predictable with work manners and show in productivity. As you will soon realize, all of the elements that hone all of the skills that great leaders possess, work like the gears on a bike or the circuits on a motherboard, they work together. When customers see that product or service is of good quality, deliveries are always on time, and feedback excels expectations, those customers will trust and standby your name and recommend offered services.
To carry out the vision in an organization takes a team effort. Not only is it teamwork, it is quality of work, time and time again. To effectively lead an organized network, the ethical leader walks the line he or she wants others to follow. Leading by example is the best way to ensure an ethical business (Younger, H.,2019). Of course, an organization must adhere to specific policy when faced with enforcing disciplinary action. Owning up to actions that may not have had the outcome desired, is what every superior must learn to face and how to handle every circumstance with integrity. This type of ethical reasoning will show members how mistakes should not interfere with any aspect of production or services within the assembly. Honest mistakes could perhaps be useful if exercised in different settings or be used as an example to avoid problems that occur in future circumstances. Good mentors are people who hold you accountable and bring out the best in you. Their advice, influence, and support elevates those they mentor (Meyers, C., 2017).
As you can see, every element is accomplished or incorporates team work How would it sound to be accountable for consistency at a visionary conceptualized network? Is that overboard? There is no such thing as “overboard,” just as there is never a “bad” idea. Henry Ford once said, “ Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re right.”
Kooskora, M., (2010). From Theory to practice- how does business ethics matter? University of Jyvaskyla Press. pp 112-126
Meyers, C., (2017). Why falling under the influence of an anti-mentor is the worst career mistake you can make. Forbes. August 13, 2017. https://www.forbes.com/sites/ChrisMeyers/2017/08/13.
Younger, H., (2019) Customer fanatix. Journal entry. June 2019 pp 113
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