Leadership Model - Leadership Model Leadership 101: Back to...

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Leadership Model Leadership 101: Back to the Basics It is my belief that there are leadership basics that are practiced in all successful organizations. This first became apparent to me while running my own business. As CEO of Adirondack Beverages, I instituted a total quality management (TQM) program. In the process, I studied other organizations with successful TQM programs. What I discovered was amazing! Even though organizations named their programs differently – “Pursuit of Excellence”, “TQM”, “Continuous Improvement” – they all had similar practices and programs. Through further exploration, I began to see that these basics extended well beyond TQM programs and into every facet of leadership. Throughout my career, I have attempted to implement these leadership basics. After I sold my business, I decided to further pursue my education. As part of my doctoral studies, I reviewed the research on leadership. I began reading everything on leadership that I could get my hands on in the hopes of learning what the “experts” had to say about the basics of leadership. Interestingly, my review of the literature uncovered that there are surprisingly few articles that attempt to summarize the basics of leadership. In reading a hundred years worth of writing on the subject, I was able to identify some of the basics scattered here and there. However, no single model or theory captured these basics in one place. How could this be? How can any profession or skill be taught without starting with the basics? I simply could not understand this. A hint came in one of my readings. According to one expert, there are over 860 definitions of leadership – each with its own explanation of what makes an effective leader. When you consider that experts can’t even agree on what leadership is, it is no wonder we have such a difficult time teaching managers how to lead. This all culminates with the ineffective leaders we see every day in the business and political world. My goal in this writing is simple – I want to share with you what I consider to be the basics that every successful leader must be taught. My theory is quite simple to summarize (aren’t the basics always simple?) yet exceptionally difficult to put into practice. A Model of the Basics
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What Leaders Want
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Let’s start at the end and work backward. What do leaders want? Obviously, a successful leader wants to “win”. Winning might take the form of larger market share, or greater profits, or better efficiency. No matter how it is measured, leaders want to win. Can Leaders “Win” by Themselves? Of course not! A good leader needs good people. To be successful, those in charge need the cooperation of people they lead. There are three methods leaders can use to get people to do what they want. The first is coercion. Coercion has always been and remains a popular method of obtaining cooperation. However, this method requires constant monitoring and its effectiveness, therefore, is short lived. It is said that “you
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