Behaviors of Effective Leaders
Grand Canyon University
October, 7, 2015
Behaviors of Effective Leaders
Effective leaders can exhibit behaviors that are conducive to the success of their leadership. Sometimes those behaviors may be abnormal or part of a syndrome like psychopathy. Other times behaviors are considered normal according to personality ratings. Taken together these behaviors can be characteristics found in an effective leader. In addition, behaviors of an effective leader can be categorized into three themes of personality traits, personal leadership styles, and leader self-identity. While not all behaviors are conducive to effective leadership, all the ...view middle of the document...
In addition, conclusions will be drawn about the importance of these themes when taken as one. Personality traits of effective leaders, leadership styles and the identity of self in leaders are the common themes among the articles. The following section begins the discussion with personality traits of effective leaders.
Personality Traits of Effective Leaders
Superior personality traits are a factor in the development of effective leaders (Unsar and Karalar, 2013). Unsar and Karalar (2013) go on to explain that some personality traits are innate and some can change over time depending on the experiences of the person. There are certain traits that effective leaders possess as explained by the articles.
According to van Eeden, Cilliers, and van Deventer (2008) personality traits such as risk taking and agreeableness are common to effective leaders. These traits manifest themselves in the ability to be proactive, an innovative problem solver, concise in communicating visions and inspiring others. Lilienfeld et al (2012) suggested boldness, agreeableness, and risk taking to be personality traits of effective leaders. According to Lilienfeld et al (2012) these traits manifest themselves in the ability to be persuasive, problem solvers, and good communicators. These traits, according to Lilienfeld et al (2014) are also correlated to psychopathic behaviors of people who have successfully assimilated into the leadership arena. Odom, Boyd, and Williams (2012) identified self-confidence as a personality trait that predicts effectiveness of future leaders. Boldness and risk taking are products of a strong self-confidence according to van Eeden, Cilliers and van Deventer (2008) and Lilienfeld et al (2012). Personality traits of effective leaders help to develop their leadership style. The leadership style of an effective leader is the discussion in the next section.
Leadership Style of an Effective Leader
Leadership styles are formed around a set of personality traits, but are different than the personalities that make them up. Our society is one of constant change. This means that effective leaders must adjust their style in order to remain effective in a world of changing demands. According to van Eedan, Cilliers and van Deventer (2008) some leadership styles, like transformational leadership, are about moving a company and its workers forward. Other leadership styles, like transactional leadership, are about authoritative power where the workers have little control over their work life. Finally, there are some leadership styles, like laissez-faire, that are actually a lack of leadership. In order for businesses to thrive and run smoothly and effectively they must have leaders with an effective leadership style.
A transformational leader is one who works to transform not just the workplace but also the workers. This is the most effective style in the business community the world over (van Eeden, Cilliers, and van Deventer...