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Developing the Leadership skill from scratch

This coming week, just as there was heavy flooding in Mauritius, there will be a flood of assignments to be submitted. The assignments are to be done in groups. The question is: Does a group needs to have a leader?



What is leadership? “Leadership, a critical management skill, is the ability to motivate a group of people toward a common goal. .” Source:

Leadership is a process by which a person influences others to accomplish an objective and directs the organization in a way that makes it more cohesive and coherent. Leaders carry out this process by applying their leadership attributes, such as beliefs, values, ethics, character, knowledge, and skills. Although your position as a manager, supervisor, lead, etc. gives you the authority to accomplish certain tasks and objectives in the organization, this power does not make you a leader…it simply makes you the boss. Leadership differs in that it makes the followers want to achieve high goals, rather than simply bossing people around.

source: concept of leadership 1. Talking out loud “it’s not enough to have great thoughts you have to have the courage to let the words out of your mouth ahead of time.” I use to speak loud. I am a theater guy. My dad had told me: Speak aloud so that the audience can hear you well. And since then, I always keep in my mind that when I speak, my audience can hear me well. The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision. It’s got to be a vision you articulate clearly and forcefully on every occasion. – Theodore Hesburgh, President of the University of Notre Dame I have a vision: to score maximum marks in the assignments. I am determined to work hard towards the vision set. Good leaders are made not born. If you have the desire and willpower, you can become an effective leader. Emotional Intelligence I discovered this term under Spiritual Leadership in MGT1111-Organisation and Management. This term states:

  1. knowing one’s emotions. Self-awareness, recognising it when it happens
  2. Managing emotions – the ability of handling feelings so they are appropriate
  3. Motivating oneself – Marshalling emotions in the service of a goal
  4. Recognising emotions in others. Empathy, social awareness
  5. Handling relationships – skill in managing emotions in others

Source: (worth reading the part on IQ and Emotional Intelligence) I have to: BE a professional. Examples: Be loyal to the organization, perform selfless service, take personal responsibility. BE a professional who possess good character traits. Examples: Honesty, competence, candor, commitment, integrity, courage, straightforwardness, imagination. KNOW the four factors of leadership – follower, leader, communication, situation. KNOW yourself. Examples: strengths and weakness of your character, knowledge, and skills. KNOW human nature. Examples: Human needs, emotions, and how people respond to stress. KNOW your job. Examples: be proficient and be able to train others in their tasks. KNOW your organization. Examples: where to go for help, its climate and culture, who the unofficial leaders are. DO provide direction. Examples: goal setting, problem solving, decision making, planning. DO implement. Examples: communicating, coordinating, supervising, evaluating. DO motivate. Examples: develop moral and esprit in the organization, train, coach, counsel. I listen to the podcasts of Robin Sharma nearly every morning when I go to uni. This help me develop management/leadership skills. He told people what to do, not how to do it.

I encourage people to think, to innovate, to be creative.I don’t blindly accept what you came up with, but I expect you to come up with something appropriate which will contribute towards achieving the goal.

He led by example. He pushed his people hard. He demanded a lot of them. But no one ever worked harder than he did. He was the first one in and the last one to leave. And he worked hard the whole time he was there. He knew how to play, but he knew how to separate that from the job.

He demanded excellence, not perfection. He expected you to work as hard as he did and to be as committed to the goal as he was. He didn’t expect you to do as much or as well as he did, he insisted, however, that you do as much and as well as you could.

He took care of his people. He knew everyone who worked for him as an individual. He knew their strengths and weaknesses, their aspirations, their fears. He always took the criticism from outside the group, but let each of them take the praise for what they contributed.

He was humble. I never understood why. With all he had done and had accomplished in his life, he was always modest. There was one time, about ten years ago, when he made a little boast. That one probably doesn’t count though – he was stating a fact and we were both a little drunk.

He had character. He was honest and truthful. He was dependable. When he gave you his word, you always knew you could count on it. He didn’t cheat. He didn’t try to find the easy way out of a tough situation. He didn’t waffle on his principles. He was not inflexible, but there simply were limits that he wouldn’t cross.

To conclude, one day, I will try to be like him… I will try my best to lead the groups towards the vision that I share in the way the the great leader had done. Here is a list of my favourite leadership quotes.

2 responses

  1. fawwaaz

    well dude i know why this question at such time and also why this new thing on your blog… what id like to say is that if you consider yourself a leader then you should be knowing how to manipulate your people well… i would rather say that you lack this skill… you cant manipulate your people within your ” group” i would say…
    to manipulate does not only means in the wrong way or to play with their feelings… manipulate people is also a an art… you cant just expect every people in your group or organisation to think equally or even in your favour every time… thus you must be able to manipulate these kind of people and i would mention one name here( ritesh)… he is pessimistic… yeah… every organisation needs this kind of person… this kind of person is really useful at times…
    but when you think they are not useful now then they should be make useful… this is manipulating people… you just dont manipulate him but also his mind and perception… he thinks negatively always… good… if you are really a good leader then accept the challenge and make hime say one yes… make him agree with you once… just get him with you once by your side ready to support you once in a project…
    well ill tell you one thing may be you dont know… this guy is not always like the way you think he is… he also can be a very good leader one day… well ill tell you something today… you remember the plan that i was about to put forward on the name of the society but unfortunately prashant ask us to not to go ahead with the project now and i wonder when we will do it aster… well today ill tell you that it was ritesh idea to do this thing and not all he plans everything himself and then discussed it with me… i also tell him that i will tell everybody that this is his project but he thinks no one will be with him coz i am the president and i have power over evrybody and that everybody will listen to me…
    so this is a fact and also an example that he is also a good innovator as well…one more thing before i try to do anything i mean on the name of the society you know whom i consult first… Ritesh…i dont know whats your problem with him but you are underestimating this guy’s potential… am not saying that you wrong but may be with time you will understand this mistake of yours…
    one more thing…
    i think that if you take yourself as a leader first of all you should learn how to respest others first… am not saying that you dont respect others but am trying to say that you should be more polite in the way you react with people… no example here though i can do it… i hope u know it by yourself…
    well you have many favourite quotes by great leaders and thats a good thing that you treat them as your guru but remember this quote as well always… this is not said by great leaders but by your friend fawwaaz… try to think on that…
    Always Treat Others As You Would Like Others To Treat You…
    Thank you…
    hope i have not hurt you…
    in any way…
    with clothe or without clothe… got you…
    Keep Cool Always…

    29 March, 2008 at 8:49 pm

  2. fawwaaz

    Change your approach to people.
    Change your way of talking to people.
    If you continue to behave like this, one day you’ll be left all alone with lots of regrets.
    Being a leader,maybe to you, means delegating all tasks and watch the movie,but this approach really sucks.
    Change yourself man!
    You need to participate,and not only direct your group members.
    Your group members cannot be called followers since they do not follow your ways!
    Being a group leader doesn’t only mean to delegate all tasks identified, you should set the example to the other group members.
    You are so bold and proud about yourself and your intelligence,that you tend to direspect others who work very hard!
    And last but not least,pa met li pied dan 10 bateaux when you cannot manage your stress and frustration, and eventually throw it out on your friends.

    29 March, 2008 at 8:50 pm

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