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We all know someone whom people naturally tend to follow

We all know someone whom people naturally tend to follow. Called natural born leaders, these individuals, through some innate intangible character traits have the magic ability to get people to follow their vision and direction. Can leadership be learned? What is leadership exactly?

Define Leadership

While there are numerous definitions of leadership what it boils down to is a leader effects directed change through a group of people that have given that person their complete trust. The leader earns the trust of his followers based on several character traits that foster the trust. So to answer the question, what is leadership is a bit more complicated than a simple single sentence definition.  

Leadership vs. Management

Are a leader and a manager synonymous?  Not necessarily. While a manager can be a leader, not all leaders are managers. And the definition of a manager is quite different from our working definition of a leader. A manager tends to work to preserve the status quo. Think of your manager at work. She usually is there to make sure the assigned work gets done. She does not foster change and can sometimes work to prevent change so as not to upset routine. A leader promotes change and moves his followers in a distinct direction. A true leader listens to the ideas and opinions of his followers and happily embraces them. Managers are rarely pleased to listen to underlings’ ideas. Instead a manger is focused on production and not imagination.

Can You Learn Leadership

Sure there are people out there with natural leadership abilities. But now that you have an idea of what is leadership you also know that leadership can be learned.  You can be a top-notch leader by gaining both knowledge and experience in the field you wish to lead. And by maintaining your integrity and working to be open and fair minded to your followers you will find leadership is not such a difficult trait to acquire after all.

The Followers

Do not fail to forget that leadership is a group effort. A leader cannot lead without followers. So followers must be included in your definition of leadership.  Becoming a good leader is not a personal effort. You cannot become an effective leader on your own. Remember an effective leader garners the trust of his followers and to earn that trust you must behave with openness, fairness and be an inspiration to those around you. A great way to answer that question, what is leadership is to look at one of the world’s greatest leaders. Martin Luther King Jr. using examples of non-violence and inspiring words of equality changed the segregation laws of the United States and changed the future of black people in America. He was not a manager or anyone’s boss.  He was a simple man with a vision who possesses integrity, honesty and the ability to inspire people.

Leadership is the ability to inspire and move a group of people towards a unified goal. Leadership is the ability to garner trust and faith from a group of people through acts of integrity, honesty and fair-mindedness. Leadership can be innate or learned. Anyone can become an effective leader with a little hard work.

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.

Since the beginning of time starting with adam and eve in the garden of eden, humanity has known conflict

Since the beginning of time starting with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, humanity has known conflict. Most people, especially the male species of which the author is a member; attempts to avoid, accommodate, compete, collaborate, or compromise conflict. Many sincere well intentional people such as coworkers, friends, family members, and spouses often disagree; this is normal, and helpful. Often conflict is attributed to one of the main reasons why most managers fail and my personal belief to be the pivotal cause of most societal problems. Remember, conflict of an in itself is never the problem; that would be too easy. People are always the problem.

The main benefit of healthy conflict is the exchanging of differing viewpoints and ideas. Healthy conflict can help to solidify a particular point or expose potential weakness in its rationale. If everyone agreed on every item without conflict, mankind still would be writing with a chisel and stone tablet. Let’s not confuse conflict with combat. Combat occurs when one or more individuals take a stand on a particular subject regardless of the validity concerning the subject and without the possibility of compromise.

I will be the first to state that the subject of managing conflict is much easier to write and speak about than to implement; with that said, realizing that one has a problem in that area is the first step in managing conflict. For this reason, everyone should understand that managing conflict must be an ongoing learning experience for each of us.

To begin managing conflict, managers and leaders must know what results they are looking for. The results and the ideal situation is where effective conflict management begins. The first question asked should always be, what can I do to resolve this situation that may be favorable to all parties? Remembering that we must always attack the problem and never the person we should always avoid using the word “you”.

Finding commonality with other individuals works magic; people feel comfortable with people that they feel they are just like them or that sees the world from their perspective. Rarely, will a conflict allow such an easy way out. Using previous relationships that was established with past successes is also a good method of finding commonality.

Make sure the conflicting parties explain to you what the issues are from their perspective. The best way to ensure that both parties are speaking the same language is to ask the exact same questions to each party independently. Having each party to explain what the issues are and what they feel the best solution is, helps you make sure that you are dealing with the exact same perceived issues. Many times, the conflict is simply miscommunications of two parties talking at each other in lieu of communicating with each other.

Sometimes reminding all parties of organizational policies and procedures as well as the acceptable norm in the corporate culture; works wonders and helps all parties bring their conflict into a proper perspective. Developing a reputation of being a good listener, peacemaker, fair-minded, and results oriented, helps to enter into a conflict with credibility and a edge over most managers. Constantly go to work on developing the pseudo-psychology skills that all managers desperately need.

A successful business depends on the performance of its employees and the performance of employees depends on their job satisfaction

A successful business depends on the performance of its employees and the performance of employees depends on their job satisfaction.  Many factors can lead to a satisfied or dissatisfied employee.  Among the most important factors stated by employees are autonomy, fair policies, recognition, benefits, morale, team work, autonomy, workload, promotion and salary.

Employees who look forward to going to work each day will do a better job.  Feeling like a valuable part of the team and being recognized for their contributions is something most employees place very high in their list of job desires.  Employers can facilitate this by ensuring a fair workplace where teamwork is stressed and grievances are quickly and fairly remedied.  Suggestions made by employees should be considered and the employee given recognition if implemented.

Another good want to make employees feel like something more than a so=poke in the wheel is to allow them flexible schedules.  This promotes a feeling that their work is valued more than merely their presence.  Employees who can somewhat set their own schedules come to work to work, and not just to punch the clock and serve their time.  There are many ways for a business to do this and often companies find that flexible schedules work better for productivity also.

No one wants to come to work every day into a Machiavellian court.  Office politics are among the most complained about negative work factors.  Teamwork should be stressed and backstabbing not tolerated.  Most people have a natural tendency toward fairness and when they aren’t seeing it they tend to become jaded and less productive.

Employees also want to know exactly what is expected of them.  They don’t want to work in an environment that gives expects them to use their judgment and then punishes them if their judgment is not what management had in mind.  Clear goals and expectations are always better.

When judging an employee’s performance, managers should use clear, transparent factors such as missed work, met deadlines, peer ratings, etc.  This goes a long way in promoting a feeling of fairness in workers and eliminates the feeling that some people are getting special treatment.  Prominently display rating factors and their results.  These evaluations should be updated regularly and high performing employees should be rewarded.

Employees are not inherently disgruntled like many managers like to think.  But they will quickly become disillusioned if they feel they are being treated unfairly or that their contributions are taken for granted.  An office that works hard to eliminate these negative factors will be a productive office.

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