What The Heck Is Business Leadership? Have You Got What It Takes?


Effective leaders know that to be even more successful in the future than they are today, collaboration with their industry peers will keep them focused on what's important to the business.

Everywhere you look these days there’s always yet another course concerning leadership.

Generally they exhibit individuals with skills and abilities we mere common folks could never hope to have.

And given that it is such a desired characteristic for entrepreneurs, the secret of leadership is commonly promoted by meeting planners who want to sell us their very own wonderful formula for getting leadership success.

A great number of gurus, by means of their incredibly profitable books and tutorials – ones that association managers and meeting planners, in addition to corporate people and self-motivation junkies are so crazy about – really should be labeled as motivation instead of leadership related.

You also have the mega leaders of enormous enterprises – people whose names everyone knows who’ve lead their institutions to greatness or great failures – who will gladly (for a fee) tell everyone tips for preventing their blunders and leverage their successes.

Typically once you search through the unsupported claims you see components of their leadership equation that you can not possibly copy.

The companies they ran have virtually unlimited resources – if you throw enough money at an concept it simply may work, especially when its cost is concealed in vast budgets and it wasn’t your money anyway.

These Mega leaders have access to other folks at their level, they’re on each others contact list, people with whom to do the deals that made them famous – if not wealthy to boot. They know such well placed people on a first name basis that the rest of us could spend a lifetime and still not get past the secretary. They’re part of the club.

What makes these leaders, popular fiction for regular men and women like us, so incredibly popular? These types of leaders are charismatic, they are well spoken, and they ARE as a matter of fact celebrities. And we all love our celebrities! Even though their tips won’t be doable for us and only a tiny percentage of what they offer is transferable to us is not important. We feel good hearing their story.

For most people leadership is defined by our experiences. We are emotionally charged by our personal perceptions if we are asked to define leadership; let’s face it, leaders are always viewed with glamour and amazement. People who want to be leaders often just replicate the actions and behavior of business leaders we respect without ever knowing what it really means to be a good leader.

A great leader thoughtfully considers the insights of their employees before reacting. Your employees would like to give you their ideas, share their concerns about the business, and pass along information and general day-to-day chit chat. Be sure to avoid distractions and interrupting – even if you already know the solution. Always let your employee have their say, especially if you are already prepared to disagree with them – you may perhaps learn something that changes your mind.

And be sure to let your employee to finish their communication – you have to show respect for their ideas if you expect to get their respect for yours. We all have a natural wish to be listened to and allowing employees to complete their thoughts – often something they have put a lot of energy into, goes a long way in developing the respect you will need in order to lead.

Exactly what makes a great leader you ask? Are there any proven leadership development prescriptions that can be replicated? Apparently there aren’t or we would have read the book by now and becoming a leader would be simple, if not downright easy. Let’s face it, if being a leader was easy – everybody would already be one and we would not be so consumed with learning the secret, the key, the shortcut to effective leadership.

The reality is of course that there is no single formula for leadership success. Needless to say when we add the human factor into any formula we have added unique variables into every possible equation. People are unique, situations are unique, and the circumstances of every business are unique. There appear to be as many leadership development formulas for business leadership success as there are successful leaders.

So, what are the characteristics of an every day leader? If you ask anyone about leadership, what it is, how do you get it, and how do you recognize it, you will undoubtedly get so many answers, most of which are probably be right – that you would be no better off than you were before you posed the question.

A lot of people naturally believe that leadership is a talent one is born with, some think it is a skill that can be acquired. Either way, leadership, particularly business leadership has a single straightforward and simple meaning.

In a nutshell, business leadership is the ability, however acquired, to consistently influence others – especially those who look to us for guidance. In other words, it is the ability to attract followers and influence their actions and attitudes at work.


Effective business leaders know that when you make better decisions you get better results. They also know that their best decisions are those made in collaboration with people whose success they respect and whose opinions they trust. It is universally true that when we harness to power of our peers, we make better decisions 100% of the time. Find out how this is possible!

Additional Business Development Resources For You

Is Your Leadership Hurting the Bottom Line?
4 ‘Bad Leader Behaviors’ That Affect Productivity, Profits What can business leaders and managers learn from watching the earnings of publicly traded companies? “Plenty,” says Kathleen Brush, a 25-year veteran of international business and author of “The Power of One: You’re the Boss,” a guide to developing the skills necessary to become an effective, respected leader. “When looking at the corporations reporting lower-than-expected earnings, you need to read between the lines. They are not going to admit that the reason is a failure of leadership, but 99 times out of 100 that’s what it is.”…

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Mike Maddock Founding Partner of Maddock Douglas

Maddock Douglas, Inc., established in 1991, is an internationally recognized innovation consulting firm that helps companies design, brand and launch new products, services, experiences and business models while also empowering an agile culture that can continually innovate. Maddock Douglas' client list includes 25 percent of the top 100 global brands and 10 out of the Fortune 50 companies.




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