The Leader's Eyes and Ears to the Future
Thoughts can create great things. In leadership, thinking skills are crucial. The thoughts of a leader create vision, and vision creates goals. A leader's thinking skills are thus directional skills. It sets the road map that his people will have to follow to get to their destination. Leadership vision, goal and purpose are created by the leader's thinking skills. Without a vision, a goal or a purpose, there is no leadership.
As a leader, you need sharp and intuitive thinking skills. These will serve as your eyes and ears to the future. With the keen sense of your mind, you will be able to recognize the need for change and the means to make it happen. The power of your thinking and your mind will make you more capable to implement and manage change.
An organization that wants to go far needs to have a strong vision of where it will be in the future. Your great task as a leader is to make your people trust you and believe in your vision. Be honest and fair in all you do as a leader so that you will gain the trust of your people. Display dynamism, confidence and a positive attitude so that you can sell your followers on your vision. People want to be under the wing of a winning company. They need to feel a strong sense of vision of where they are going. Otherwise, if they feel that the company they work for is heading towards a dead end, they're apt to renege. Their loyalty will falter and they will eventually opt out. A leader needs his people, because it's his people that will get him to his goal.
Effective Goal- Setting
Good leadership knows effective goal setting. There are 4 characteristics of goal setting:
Goal difficulty - challenge your employees and enhance their effort in doing their tasks by giving them difficult goals. Difficult goals result to increased performance, but see to it that they are feasible. If the goals you set are too high, your employees are likely to fail in achieving them and they become discouraged.
Goal specificity - employees perform higher if they understand what they should accomplish. Give specific goals; avoid ambiguity about your expectations.
Feedback - goal setting becomes more effective if you provide feedback. Direct your employee's behavior on the right target by giving performance feedback. This will encourage them and boost their performance.
Involvement in goal- setting- allowing employees to participate in goal setting makes them set higher goals than if the goals are set for them. This increases their belief that the goals are obtainable and they become more motivated in working to achieve them.
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