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The leadership, a term borrowed from english, defines the capacity of an individual to carry out or lead other individuals or organizations with an aim of achieving certain goals

The leadership, a term borrowed from English, defines the capacity of an individual to carry out or lead other individuals or organizations with an aim of achieving certain goals. It will be said whereas a leader is somebody who is able to guide, to influence and inspire.

A leader is distinguished from a manager or a decision maker, which has capacities for the administration, without “to carry out” the group, the organization or the country at another stage of its development. A good manager can be a leader, but two qualities are not automatically dependent. Associated the political sphere a long time, the leadership is a quality sought in a great number of fields. Thus, one will also speak about leadership in that, business world of the culture or the science or in the field of the sport. One will distinguish also public leadership from private leadership, this last being directed towards the company. A politician is thus not necessarily a leader; conversely, many leaders are not politicians.

As much the coverages by the leadership evolved/moved, as much qualities which define it multiplied. If the leadership in the past were closely associated with the personality with the leader and particularly with its charisma, much of recent studies suggest a capacity learned, fruit of the experiment and dependent on specific contexts. Among competences (or qualities) which one finds in the leaders, one can quote: vision, strategy, persuasion, the communication, confidence and ethics.

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Here at help with debt we are often faced with calls from directors who need help who liquidate their businesses

Here at Help with debt we are often faced with calls from directors who need help who liquidate their businesses. Some directors are quite clued up with the process, either having been through the procedure once before or having read extensively about what happens on the net. Others simply haven’t a clue. All they know is that they cannot pay what they are due to various creditors and so need to close the doors on the business.

It matters not to us the level of knowledge that you come to us with we will guide you through the process from start to finish. It obviously helps the Insolvency Practitioner, if he can be provided with all the financial information that the business has from this he will produce the statement of affairs which goes out to the creditors with the notice informing them of the meeting of creditors. It is the statement of affairs which proves to the creditors that the company is insolvent and under the Insolvency legislation should be closed. It must be remembered that the Directors of an insolvent business has a duty to stop trading and incurring any further loses and take steps to formally close the business.

This year in England and Wales there will be over 20,000 Liquidations and about 4,000 Administrations and 700 CVA’s. It is possible to see therefore that there are a large number of companies each week which close down or re-structure through insolvency.

An insolvency practitioner or expert insolvency solicitor is the ideal place to take initial advice on how to close your business, the costs involved along with the time scales and how you can re-start a business again out of the ashes of the old company.

Getting a new business from the old business is called a phoenix, or a pre-pack in some circumstances, and as long as fair value is paid for any assets or contracts is usually the ideal way to preserve jobs and continuation of business.

As with any insolvency, it is always best to start the process as soon as problems start to manifest themselves as this reduces losses to creditors and maximises the chances of a successful recover in one guise or another.

In today’s economy, the most important thing for any professional to focus on is increasing productivity to make the most of what you have

In today’s economy, the most important thing for any professional to focus on is increasing productivity to make the most of what you have.  Sounds easy enough, but in today’s world, professionals have to be ready to walk the walk, when they have already talked the talk.  How do we measure something that is always changing?

The first step in defining leadership is to define the characteristics of an effective leader.  Effective leaders consistently exhibit certain characteristics.  By understanding what these characteristics are, we can model these same behaviors.  Fortunately, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner’s book The Leadership Challenge has studied over a million cases of effective leaders.  As a result of their research, we now know that the top characteristics of an effective leader are honesty, competency, being forward-focused and inspiring. 

Now that we have something to measure, how do we go about measuring it?  The most popular method is through the use of inventories or surveys that ask others to rate a person in a variety of categories.  The subject does a self evaluation on how they are doing and those that work with them (supervisors, coworkers, customers or anyone else that has contact with the subject).  After all the data is compiled, we can then take a tangible look at what was once a subjective area.

One of the best examples of this type of inventory is the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) by Kouzes and Posner.  After over 25 years of research, they have composed a relatively easy way to compile an enormous amount of data in an easy to understand graph.  Once complete, the baseline for leadership skills has been set.  From that point on, it is a matter of working to improve the areas that scored the lowest on the inventory.  In order to track progress, or in some cases lack of progress, one can re-administer the LPI to get an “update” on how their leadership skills are doing.  For a video demo of the LPI go to http://www.lpionline.com/demo/demo.html.

Once armed with this powerful information, it is imperative that the results are interpreted and communicated very carefully.  The Lake Wobegon Effect (http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Lake_Wobegon_effect ) tells us that the human tendency is to overestimate one’s achievements and abilities in relation to others.  In our case, it is normal and expected for most people to expect their results to be higher than they really are.  It is highly recommended that you choose someone that is a certified facilitator to work people through this section.  Without trained facilitation, a person may end up dismissing years of proven research due to a blow to their ego.  With proper guidance, the growth of any one individual can be almost limitless.  After all, who has met someone that is the best at everything?

By following these guidelines, one can not only measure the leadership skills of an individual, but is armed with a solid development plan based on years of research.  The results include increased leadership skills in all levels, an increase in job satisfaction, employee retention and host of others.  What is stopping you from measuring your leadership skills today?

When one reads the title to this article; immediately the thought of politics will be aroused

When one reads the title to this article; immediately the thought of politics will be aroused. What will come on the minds of many who are politically inclined was Presidents Ronald Reagan’s political philosophy of peace through strength, (strength being leadership). President Reagan quite frankly was a political genius as he thoroughly understood the surrounding political dimensions of his environment and what it took to reach peace through leadership. He understood the factors of communications that imbedded the concepts of persuasion and his skills of conveying his perceptiveness about the issues before, during and after his time as he was a man of great foresight. What many critics of his time did not realize was his true drive for Peace. And, so therefore, President’s Reagan was extremely aware that in order to bring peace to the world and America his leadership style had to be conducive to meeting the ultimate goal of peace. It required boldness, courage, tenacity and intellect. He had to reach deep in his heart to find all the necessary skills of leadership such as: delegation, economic prudence, and be a world peace maker. If one closely reviews the decade of the 80’s they will quickly see a time of progress as never before. It was the technological boom, the cold war to an end without a major conflict a revitalized economy that solidified our comfort level for at least twenty years past his time.

So now one may ask what does this have to do with me; I am not a President. Well I can tell from experience as a former Assistant Dean to a Medical School, a California constitutional Gubernatorial appointee of a major State department, educational administrator and entrepreneur; I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to seriously utilize my leadership skills as an executive to reach for peaceful outcomes to seek the results we were seeking. Before, one can reach peace one must demonstrate the skills and the art of being a leader. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “In this movement we are all leaders” Dr. King was all about leadership based on peace. The movement of non-violence and peace have been premier vehicles and tools used in leadership development to seek peace.

It is rare to be in an executive position whereby one will not need to exercise leadership skills if peace is what the executive is reaching for. Executives, managers, and businesses need to interact daily in organizational behavioral matters that require a sensitive yet bold decision making.  Peace is typically at the very heart of the desired result. Because without peace there are no productive progressive outcomes and so therefore there is no leadership. Typically with leadership and peace come progressive performances.             

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