For me, leadership is an act — a decision to take a stand, or step, in order to encourage, inspire or motivate others to move with you. What’s more, the most effective leaders do not rely on their title, or positional power, to lead. Rather, their ability to use their own personal power combined with their use of strategic influence are what make them effective.
Most leaders have a sense of insecurity which manifests itself in the need for respect, recognition, rewards, applause etc. The secure leader will be focused on the mission and the team, and not on his/her own glory.
Many organizations invest time and money for events to help team members bond together and function more effectively as a team; staff return from these outings with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement, yet results are hard to quantify and short term at best.
A true leader on the other hand would not only develop his or her life and career but would be equally if not more involved in helping others develop and succeed.
Recently I had the pleasure of conducting an Experiential Learning training program for a Marketing company with a fresh outlook.
People have become used to working independently and view collaboration as a nuisance. Staff may not feel mutually accountable to one another for the team’s objectives. There may be a lack of commitment and effort, conflict between team goals and members’ personal goals, or poor collaboration.