Leaders need to be knowledgeable in a wide array of subjects in order to lead their organization in the right direction. It is unfeasible to require all employees and leaders to know everything within the organization, but leaders must possess an expertise of their organization skills to fully lead. A leader develops expertise by having facts that derive from experience, training and education. Possessing knowledge better allows you as a leader to increase mental agility, exercise sound judgment and employ skills necessary to solve organizations problems.
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The day Soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them.”(Powell, 1995) General (retired) Powell identifies this connection between an employee’s trust in leadership and their ability to lead. With trust in one’s leader comes trust in leader’s decisions and, ultimately, their ability to lead.
In an organization that consist of changing complex endeavors that impacts many lives, a leader can only thrive by maintain mental agility. As a subcomponent of intellect, mental agility is the ability to promptly and intellectually anticipate or adapt. Agility requires an understanding of a broad range of approaches, possibilities and tactics. (United States Army, 2012) This understanding better equips leaders for the development of an organizations plan and establishes a reaction framework for a second and third order effect. Limitations and constrains set by higher level operations variables require flexible methodologies that leaders must develop and maintain to meet higher headquarters intent.
Leaders are tasked with making quality decisions without the assistance of developed framework. We are frequently expected to form sound opinions based off of intuition and experience and it is only with intellectual trait of sound judgment that we can adhere to values and better serve our organization.
Sound judgment requires the ability to analyze and provide rational conclusion. (United States Army, 2012) Judgment assists the analytical decision making and allows for the development of viable courses of action when doubtful data is presented.
Leading by example is the leader’s ability to show confidence, display courage, and maintain strong character. Employee’s eyes are always toward their leaders reactions. Employees normally do not effectively follow without confidence in their leadership. Leaders must display this confidence in their own abilities in order to foster it among their employees.
The ability of a leader to communicate affects his or her ability to influence. Through effective communication, leaders can inspire and organize people towards common goals. Effective communication that clearly portrays the mission, intent, and end state allows leaders the freedom to operate creatively while ensuring clear mission understanding. Effective communication also includes active listening. Again, General Powell’s remarks show relationship between leader’s to listen and their failure to lead.
In 1988, Robert Fulghum wrote a collection of essays and short stories entitled “Everything I Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten” in which he asserts that if adults would abide by a few simple lessons learned as young children, the world would be better off. (Fulghum, 1988) His theory can also apply to leadership; however replace the lessons of kindergarten with one of the major tenets of the Boy...