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4 Ways of Leadership Definition

By Sammi Caramela, B2B Staff Writer

Leadership is critical to every company. Workers need someone to look to, learn from and thrive with. Every leader has their own style and strategy. Further, leadership styles and methods vary because of outside influences and personal challenges.

While leadership is unique to everyone, there are some common ways to define the term. Peter Economy, also known as “The Leadership Guy,” listed the qualities of today’s best leadership

  • Decisiveness
  • Awareness
  • Focus
  • Accountability
  • Empathy
  • Confidence
  • Optimism
  • Honesty
  • Inspiration

According to research published in Harvard Business Review there are some common leadership styles: Continue reading

What is Good Leadership in the 21st Century?

In this article I will examine the subtle changes in what is good leadership that have occurred over the past few decades, and how the modern perception of good business management and leadership skills has warped over time.
The first change that I can discern is the principle of accountability and transparency. In the 1960s, people never knew how much their leader earned as a salary or in bonuses. All payroll information was top-secret, and salaries of the board members were sometimes not even known by other board members.
Fast forward to 2012, and leaders have their salaries published in the financial reporting of the corporation. In the UK – the Companies Act 2006 states that if the total remuneration of all directors is greater than ?200k, then the full pay details of the highest paid director must be published.
This sensitive disclosure has caused a wave of shareholder backlash in recent weeks – met equally by the disgust of the leader subordinates themselves. This has had a bizarre effect on leadership in these organisations. Leaders now feel more like they must ‘justify’ their salary to their subordinates, and are therefore less likely to make huge demands of employees without also showing that they are putting in ‘super’ levels of effort and hours to make the company a success.
The second change in good leadership has resulted from the unbalancing of the developing economies away from primary (farming) and secondary (manufacturing) industry, and towards services. The consequence of this seismic change in the economic landscape is that fewer ‘worker bees’ are required, and more creative individuals, educated professionals, and aspirational employees have emerged. The management route is now on the table in almost every organisation, and is pushed to lower-level employees as a way of tethering themselves to the company, and motivating them to excel in their job in the hope of beginning a career path out of a entry-level job.
This has meant that leaders are trying to not only ‘direct’ the actions of workers, but also to ‘recruit’ them into the larger vision of the organisation. An example would be the larger ‘manager class’ of workers in supermarkets  – almost all of whom began stacking shelves, but joined a management scheme because they exhibited the right leadership traits, and eventually marginally increased their wage.
The changes outlined above are two of many incremental developments in the world of leadership. Why don’t you take a look at your own organisation, and see how the role of leaders has changed there over the past 30 years?

goodLeadershipIn this article I will examine the subtle changes in what is good leadership that have occurred over the past few decades, and how the modern perception of good business management and leadership skills has warped over time.

The first change that I can discern is the principle of accountability and transparency. In the 1960s, people never knew how much their leader earned as a salary or in bonuses. All payroll information was top-secret, and salaries of the board members were sometimes not even known by other board members. Continue reading