To be a great leader you need to understand the dimensions of leadership. There is the unidimensional point of view, in which the leader is focused on his abilities and leads according to these- he leaves whatever he doesn’t know and understand to those who can take care of it, all he wants to here is that there are results. and the multidimensional point of view in which the leader knows he doesn’t know everything but realises that leadership requires a wide range of competencies and relationship skills. He learns these, follows through and learns some of the processes, thus becoming an all-rounder in his/her right.
As a leader, a lot of things are expected of you — things and demands which you are within your capabilities and which are not; these you would need a team to achieve. You will need to creatively apply your individual character, roles, and actions to make sure things run seamlessly.
What are the dimensions of leadership? Understanding them will help in the way you lead and also develop as a leader.
Leadership starts with you. Understand who you are and what you bring to the table in any organization. Knowing this would help you understand other people. Your character includes our personality, traits, style, talents, preferences, maturity, experience, attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, knowledge, this is “who you are”. Are you conventional or unconventional? A risk-taker or not? Are you a visionary? Are you articulate?
This refers to your position wherever you are. As a leader, this is “what you are”. Who you are will always be filtered by what you are to a certain degree. What you are could be translated in terms of your position, function, profession and what place you have or don’t have in any particular endeavour, team or in the workplace. Your character and role work hand in hand and affect each other.
What do you do with other people? This is the action dimension. What do you do with the power you have? How do you interact with people under you? How do you behave towards them? Your actions affect those around you, team, and the organization. Are you sensitive to the needs of your team members? As a risk-taker, do you put them in danger always or make them do things that are
What are the circumstances surrounding the organization? Leadership always exists where there are people and where there is something to be done- a project, cause, venture, business, enterprise, etcetera. Thus, it doesn’t exist in isolation. Leadership actions should always be taken within a context. What is it that is to be achieved with these people and for what cause, project, business, etc.? how articulate are you?
This refers to the narrative, impact, meaning of how characters, roles, actions, and endeavour unfold over time. Take charge of your stories. What do the first four mean to you? How do they all come together? This is what “story “is about.
Knowing the dimensions of leadership, helps you understand all the more what leadership is about and how to give your A game.
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