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  • 1:20 Leading Not Managing
  • 2:32 Value Contribution
  • 2:59 Hire Smart and Be Hands-Off
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Instructor: Tara Schofield
Effective leadership takes effort, commitment, and a passion for the success of others. In this lesson, the seven qualities to be an effective leader are discussed. By implementing these steps, you too can be an effective leader.

Qualities of Effective Leadership

Being an effective leader is vital to having a positive influence in a business setting and in managing employees. Barking orders, managing by fear, and controlling others doesn't inspire employees or build trust. However, extending respect to team members, leading with honesty and integrity, and offering open communication will build trust faster than anything else a leader can do.

There are seven keys to establishing effective leadership. Let's go through them now.

Sharing Visions

1. Having and sharing a vision

Effective leaders look forward to where the business is going long-term and what needs to be done immediately to achieve great results in the future. Walt Disney, one of the most renowned leaders of all time, had a vision that was greater than most people could fathom. He knew he wanted to provide a happy, safe, and fun way for families to spend time together. He also wanted to create a theme park that was innovative and more exciting than anything available. Jump ahead 70 years and the Walt Disney Company is one of the most visionary organizations on the planet. By sharing his vision with others, Walt Disney was able to create a team of the most creative and imaginative people who shared in his dreams and were inspired by his vision.

Leading not Managing

2. Inspires others - leading vs. managing

There is a difference between managing and leading. Managing is based on control, organization, and position power. Being an effective manager means handling day-to-day and team details. A leader inspires, leads by example, and helps people see the greatness in themselves. They manage the day-to-day details in a way that prepares for success in the long-term. Effective leadership is not about control, having power over others, or being the ''boss.'' Effective leadership is inspiring team members to do more, achieve more, and be more successful. As the employees become more successful, the business becomes more successful.

Steve Jobs, the former CEO of Apple, was known as one of the most inspiring and innovative leaders of his time. He was able to make Apple a household name and create huge demand for their products. More importantly, he was able to remove the limits for employees and encourage them to develop amazing ideas for some of the greatest products on the market.

Value Contribution

3. Values the contribution of others

One key value of effective leaders is the ability to see how others' efforts contribute to the success of the group. Rather than taking all of the credit or needing the glory, leaders encourage and recognize the contribution each member makes. When employees are valued, they continue to improve. They want to bring their best performance to each activity in which they are involved.

Hire Smart and Be Hands-Off

4. Hiring the right people and allowing them to do their job

Effective leaders understand the importance of hiring qualified individuals, ensuring they have the tools and training they need, and then letting them do their jobs. Micro-management and nit-picking are not characteristics of competent leaders. If the right people are in the right positions, they should be capable of performing their jobs and contributing to the team projects. If a problem does arise, a leader handles it in a straight-forward manner, quickly and concisely.

One of the most limiting characteristics of a manager is trying to be involved in every decision, knowing every detail of their employees' day, and limiting how much employees can do on their own. On the other hand, if you have a manager who trusts you and encourages you to manage your own work, you can get more done in a shorter amount of time.

Provide Feedback and Earn Trust

5. Provides feedback

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