Quiz 11: Becoming an Effective Leader
3 Leadership is the process of bringing about positive changes and influencing other to achieve group goals and coordinating the pursuit of these goals. The key words in understanding leadership are change and influence-leaders influence change. A great example of when leaders push groups to achieving far more than they ever imagined is considering the physical efforts of a workout class. Perhaps individually the group members would not do as many squats, sit-ups, or pushups, but they also would not reap the rewards of working out harder and longer.
Emotional intelligence is considered a major contributor to leadership and organizational effectiveness. The concept refers to managing self and relationships effectively with an emphasis on dealing with emotion. With much less emotional intelligence, or a lack of concern in cultivating it, organizations and individuals would run the risk of: • Uncontrollable temper • Lack of empathy development • Inability to listen to others' problems • Making rash decisions without considering all the variables
An important quality for leaders at all levels is charisma-a type of charm and magnetism that inspires others and makes them loyal to the leader. Not every leader has to be charismatic, but to be an effective leader they must possess some degree of this personality quality. It is important as a leader to be charismatic for the following reasons: • To inspire action • To maintain loyalty • To forge better relationships • To inspire people to do something that they may not like • To create a vision/focus for followers to strive for