Leadership in the workplace entails a process of getting the desired result from team members through influencing them in the direction pre-determined. A workplace leader is one who exercises control over a set of individuals and directs them towards the achievement of a stated goal or purpose.
“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”
– Theodore Roosevelt.
Although most leaders do not have the luxury to dictate who they must work with particularly in public and very large private organizations, they could constitute teams based on their choice or wise recommendation of others from the workforce.
In building workforce capacity by a leader, the advice below will be helpful
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
– John Quincy Adams.
In the workplace, things don’t get done because orders or directives have been given. People do things because of their inherent belief that the line of action will better their lives or holds the capacity to improve their lives someday. A good leader is one who builds expectation in his followers and make them believe that the expectation will improve their reality. The role of expectation is the motivation it provides for some people to doing certain things within a time frame. According to Sharon Creech.
“What I have since realized is that if people expect you to be brave, sometimes you pretend that you are, even when you are frightened down to your very bones.”
This is because-
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
– Brian Tracy.
Leadership that preaches expected reality incites creativity and propels the workforce to do extra ordinary things.
“Leadership; the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Getting people to do things through intimidation may get the job done but this method usually breeds hate. Being forceful in pushing people to do things is a short run approach in workforce leadership. This is because.
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.”
– John C. Maxwell.
Leaders who are conscious of positions in the workplace harass subordinates and unnerve their creativity.
“Not everyone who has made it to the top necessarily deserves to be there. You have the innovators, and then you have the ladder climbers who have managed to claw their way up using sheer force of personality and cunning.”
“A good leader inspires people to have confidence in the leader, a great leader inspires people to have confidence in themselves.”
In other words-
“Good leaders make people feel that they are at the very heart of things, not at the periphery. Everyone feels that he or she makes a difference to the success of the organization. When that happens people feel centered and that gives their work meaning.”
– Warren G. Bennis.