Published On: Thu, Jul 4th, 2019

Ingredients of an Effective Leader

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When the chasm between simply managing people and process and leading them is brought to the forefront, the vast differences between the two become overwhelmingly evident. The skills required to manage can be taught, whereas the attributes necessary to becoming an effective leader are learned by those who truly desire to acquire them. The recipe for producing the most productive organization from a leadership perspective is not complex, although it consists of some very important key ingredients. If these ingredients aren’t properly applied and understood, the result will lead to disappointment and ultimate failure.

Loyalty Breeds Loyalty

A manager not truly committed to his subordinates well being and livelihood, both on the job and away, can never expect to truly have a loyal following. Conveying a general loyal behavior and commitment to the personal and professional development of both peers and employees is the cornerstone to becoming a successful leader. A leader should not expect loyalty from those they manage and work alongside until she has first demonstrated it herself.

Frequent Deposits into the Bank of Trust

A great analogy for describing a trust building relationship with others is one of a bank. A leader is continuously making incremental trust deposits into each subordinates bank through their character and leadership abilities. Trust deposits come in the form of fulfilling commitments and obligations that are both expected of a leader as well as those promised by her. Moreover, allowing others to venture out and test their own limits, while knowing their leader supports their efforts, contributes substantially to the trust bank. As the bank of trust grows, so too does the willingness of its recipients to follow.

Performance Coaching

It is the act of coaching subordinates to a prescribed set of performance standards. Performance standards may be a combination of those set by the manager as well as the organization as a whole. These standards are not a list of job duties, or a makeover of the job description, but the how, what, when, and where of the manager’s expectations. Categories to be considered as part of this coaching effort include:

• Attitude on the job

• Personal appearance

• How the customer should be treated

• Organizational skills

• Dependability

Through establishment of the performance standards, the groundwork is set for a robust relationship within the organization or group.

Ingredients of an Effective Leader

Indentifying Success

Success must be understood and identified in order to be achieved. A manager’s idea of what constitutes a successful team member may be entirely different than that of the individual members unless it is first clearly defined. By identifying the target objective for those being managed, leaders establish the criteria within their organizations for obtaining success. Everyone inherently wants to be successful and recognized for having achieved it, they must first know how to identify it.

Great leaders have always known the metric for measuring their leadership ability is by observing to see who’s following them. Conscientious awareness of what is needed to truly lead others is the first step on the journey to becoming a leader. The ingredients listed here are only the foundation to becoming a true effective leader of others.

About the Author

- Paul Linus is an eminent online journalist who has been writing news, features and editorials on different websites from across the world for about a decade. He can be contacted at

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