Leadership is more than just a collection of traits, abilities or skills. As a leader, it is your responsibility to lead your teams in achieving and delivering towards goals and objectives set out in a broader context, with ambiguities, risks and assumptions being the unkown, when targets are to met with crucial certainty. This is not an easy task, especially not for new leaders who have grown from the ranks and mainly so because of their functional expertise, but seldomly because of their already existing leadership skills.

Whether leaders are born or made remains disputable, considering the many development programs for leaders, yet the still increasing voices emphasizing the lack of leadership in organizations and the decrease of loyalty and work satisfaction that is attributed to it. Leadership is, however, always specific to the case. The captain of a racing yacht in the Admirals Cup will access different means when commanding the crew than the project manager in a merger and acquisition case. A speaker in front of 2000 people will use different means to influence the audience than a sales director.

Leadership effectiveness depends on what elements matter in a specific scenario. Sometimes speed is essential, sometimes it is trust - still, we all agree that trust is not build over night and that need for speed often leads to procedures being skipped and authorities being circumvented. In essence, two specific leadership types can be rather controversial in the same setting. What it comes down to as a leaders, is, whether or not you are the leader for the particular job, or not.


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