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What Makes A Good Leader
by Infoway | May 21, 2011
Leadership is not something that you can define! At the same time, it is typically tough to say what makes a good leader even. Yet, within our mind a phrase simply moves round and round - 'how to be a leader?' Some would say public relation and to some it is the passion to work that manifests the leadership skills of every human being/employee. Not even that, some simply blow all your arguments out to justify that leaders are born (however the history proves it otherwise).
All of us have our own point of view to the traits of an effective leader. Now we are not going by the terms of politics but the leadership of the corporate world! Hope you have heard what the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg once said -
"Move fast and break things. Unless you are breaking stuff, you are not moving fast enough."
It can be justified as a roaring trait of an effective leader of 27 years, giving the world a new "FACE" to remain social at a time when people are becoming sophisticated machines.
Whatever the case may be, it is fact that two catalysts effect behind the creation of a leader - one is the environment in the family and the other one is the work. Again there are several instances that support the good work culture or ethics that makes a good leader.
There is nothing new in saying that every company or organization has its own human resource development policies. But the main motto of the policies is to create scope of development to the employees. And some of the companies do encourage the building up of the traits of an effective leader who is/are going to give the company a new face to the world in the specific fields of expertise.
When it comes to the matter of Infoway things goes little different. For example, the grey haired CEO of our company Mr. Jack Roy does believe in the in-born talent of any human being. But he also believes that -
"Industry can make a leader. For example, Sam Walton who once had to milk own family cow and sell the surplus. Yet his hard work and never dying entrepreneurial attitude led him to found WALMART. We would nurture and bring out the leaders out of the efficient hard workers."
What he has said is no different in the making of what Infoway LLC is today! Here we try to venture in getting the association of most industrious people. But at the same time our CEO had given us a few years to shape a HR policy that will aim at bringing up the leader within employees working at Infoway.
So to mould every employee into future leader, we have been reshaping our HR policy anew. Now our goal has turned towards finding every possible way out in getting solution to what makes a good leader. And we like to inject ideas and construct ways on how to be a leader.
To inculcate the traits of an effective leader, the first thing is to become a good team player. We have made our teams flexible to nurture the potentiality of every individual. It is very much essential that an individual gets the chance to voice his or her opinion and expertise. We have made a team and work structure that does not maintain hierarchy but a "star topology" where every employee can access other employee. Let it be grass level employee to the top ranked executives, everyone is ready to catalyze potentiality among all.
Just the way it is essential that every person should have a specific thought process about workflow, we poke them to think how to be a leader. Every employee is encouraged to lead from the front (not merely working behind as a key person). Special assignments are given to them and every outcome properly defines individual potentiality. They are told that not only the sheer passion to work is essential to get success in projects; leading attitude has to be there. It is one of the traits of effective leader of future.
When people grow habit in producing quality work, they must be given chance to infect others with this habit. We create small groups and provide the brighter ones to lead those. We know there is no substitute of hands-on experience. It spreads the idea of what makes a good leader among every employee. We mutually share ideas on how to it feels to lead a team.
"Obviously everyone wants to be successful, but I want to be looked back on as being very innovative, very trusted and ethical and ultimately making a big difference in the world" - Sergey Brin (founder member of Google). What we can say on what makes a good leader or how to be a leader is very clear and identical with the above statement.
One of the most essential traits of an effective leader is keeping eyes on roads to success. A leader is recognized when his or her work ethics is found growing among the team members. A leader is successful when he or she has made big difference in the world (certainly in own way).
There is no need to establish or create another Google, Microsoft or Apple, but something that creates identity - may be a team member. At Infoway, we try to infuse these types of thoughts among every individual for sure.