Positive Impact of Effective Leadership on Productivity




Empowering People to Drive Productivity

Effective leadership is crucial during these times of globalization, dynamic business environment, rapid technological changes as well as increased expectation from stakeholders including business owners, investors, the board, management and employees.

Being "effective" means that you are producing or are capable of producing the result as per the organizational plan. The 'result' is the intended purpose or objective. Click HERE for information on effective leadership styles to ensure people perform better.

Let us demonstrate this by an example.

You have a good training and development plan. And you have specified the percentage of productivity improvement for both employees and the organization during planning at the beginning of the year.

Effective leadership can motivate and inspire employees to work harder and smarter in order to achieve the higher productivity. This leads to higher productivity for the organization and continued success.

What Makes An Effective Leader

Do you desire to acquire the kind of effective leadership qualities that make people believe in you? Do you believe that you need such qualities? Do you encounter difficulties convincing your people or in maintaining your influence over them and what they do?

In order to become more effective, you:

  • need to understand the organization's objective, the reasons why you need to achieve that objective, and how to achieve it;
  • are not easily discouraged and make no excuses for any failure or shortcoming;
  • look after the well-being of the majority and not for your personal gratification;
  • develop new leaders;
  • acquire the skill to detect natural talents from among your followers or subordinates;
  • do not allow success to cloud your decisions which is sometimes described as "having one's head in the clouds but the feet firmly set on the ground";
  • are not dictatorial in the way your exercise leadership;
  • seek the good in others and in the organization.

Further consider what Jack Welch's attributes of Energy, the ability to Energize others positively, the Edge to make a decision, the ability to execute well, and passion to do it.

Different people place emphasis on different qualities.



John C. Maxwell's "The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader" are of interest and relevant. These refer to the "character qualities".

These are:
1. Character;
2. Charisma;
3. Commitment;
4. Communication;
5. Competence;
6. Courage;
7. Discernment;
8. Focus;
9. Generosity;
10. Initiative;
11. Listening Skills;
12. Passion;
13. Positive attitude;
14. Problem-solving;
15. Relationships;
16. Responsibility;
17. Secure;
18. Self-discipline;
19. Servant-hood;
20. Teach-ability,and
21. Vision.

One Sandra D. Peters, a business management course lecturer, concentrates on character, competence, listening, generosity and self-discipline as being beneficial.

Some of the qualities mentioned by Maxwell are similar to those mentioned by Jack Welch. Click HERE for more information particularly on the attributes of effective leadership.


See the big picture of effective leadership

People who are in positions of leadership and authority need to have vision, and believe in and share that vision with others.

Having this "helicopter-eye view" will help you in becoming a more effective and action-oriented person.

When you are in such situation, always try to see the big picture. And see whether everything fit together logically into a harmonious system.

In doing this, you will discover how you fit in, what you can do and what you lack in terms of knowledge, skills and capability. These help you to become a more effective leader.

Adequacy of Quality Information

You may find that a certain style of leadership suits you well. The question is whether this is an effective leadership style that fits the environment within your organization.

Knowing other models will deepen your knowledge and provide additional insights. Such knowledge can make you a better professional.

Such a person is highly sought after like a rare commodity.

Kouzes and Pozner had uncovered five personal-best common practices of the person at the helm in organizations. These include:

• Models the way
• Inspires a shared Vision
• Challenges the process
• Enables others to act
• Encourages the Heart

To Van Setters and Field, effectiveness comes from the interaction of several variables. These variables have connection to human resource management which later evolved into strategic Human Resource management, that is, management of people by using strategies.

Goldsmith and Clutterbuck (1984) identified leadership as one of the important characteristics of excellent companies in the United Kingdom.

Unless and until you and your colleagues are accepted as having the right qualities, your people will consider you as mere managers. And acceptance is earned, not forced upon people.

People Development Initiatives

Jeffry Immelt had said of GE workers, “so we have taken our workforce, and we have trained them to live into the 21st century”. GE emphasizes employee training.
Read about his 10 Keys. Click here.

And we are now in the 21st century! Click here.

In the face of all the challenges faced by organizations everywhere, your organization needs leaders who have the required skills or are trainable to acquire the necessary skills in leading others. Click here for more information.

You can implement initiatives to ensure your organization has the required number of capable executives who can help in transforming your organization.

The first target group is senior management.

Also, prepare your middle management for the purpose of implementing your succession plan. Look for unique qualities of the people you are targeting.

It is also important that as a responsible employee, you don't miss any opportunity in improving yourself whether as an executive or rank and file, in terms of your knowledge, competence and skills.

As a manager, train and develop your people. Develop their skills and capabilities, and prepare them for more responsible tasks. You will need effective leadership skills to convince people to improve themselves.

Executive coaching plays an important part in developing capabilities and competencies. You can conduct this with in-house expertise or with help from trained management coaches.

There are also development courses available as public training programs.

Discovering Your Hidden Potential and That of Your Subordinates

Everyone has the potential to do better and to become better and more effective leaders.

You may want to use the Johari Window model to discover who you are and how others see you. This is one of the effective ways in discovering especially your hidden self. But sincerity and honesty play an important part.

It is said that a person has two dimensions. We have "the true self" and "the defeatist self." The first pushes us forward while the second pulls us back.

However, when we understand and accept the person that we are, we can begin on a journey of self-discovery and self-improvement. Motivational plan helps.

Managers Administer, Leaders Make Things Happen.

Click here for inspiration to transform your organization.

This is the quality that you need to effectively manage change and to ensure that change remains permanent.

You need capable and effective people. This is crucial for successful implementation of the various important aspects of strategic human resources management.

You need people who can inspire others to reach to the next level. Get inspired from these quotes on effective leadership.

On top of this all, effective leaders are critical to making HR a strategic business partner. Leadership development is critical to business success.


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