World history is usually taught as the history of civilizations. The significant facts are generally the ones that have had a bearing on the development of those civilizations. Human history is an unending series of repeated cycles. The world is round and almost everything goes through cycles. There are life cycles, climate cycles, economic cycles and political cycles to name a few. Just look at the circular dial of a watch: the hand revolves around and around, as time recurs in a cycle. It can be argued that leadership like the rest of our affairs is essentially cyclical in character. Effective leadership is commonly viewed as central to organizational success.
The Leadership cycle includes five stages - Awareness, Development, Maturity, Reinvention and Decline.
When Frederick Taylor began his studies in Scientific Management, he used a stopwatch to track productivity with the goal of improving performance. The manager’s function in Taylor’s day was the one who took control to ensure productivity and profit. For most of the 20th century management was the main item on the agenda. Many universities and companies developed in-depth management training programmes. However, people were taught little about leadership. Today it seems the scale is lopsided once again, this time with more emphasis being placed on leadership. Everyone wants to be categorized as a leader.
The most effective leaders build their relationships through trust and loyalty, rather than fear or the power of their positions. The difference between success and failure is a great team. As a leader you are expected to get results which can only be achieved through people. Talent itself is not the chief criterion of an effective team. Many of us spend a large proportion of our lives at work and studies have found happiness is a good predictor of performance. Happy employees consider their jobs more meaningful and are more committed to the company.
As a leader, have you ever had team members who showed little enthusiasm for your ideas? Subordinates who complied with your decisions more out of duty than eagerness?