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What Makes an Effective Leader? – A REVA University Student’s Perspective

Who is an effective leader? Before coming to this point one should understand who is a leader. There could be lot of theoretical definitions. But I will share one which is based on my personal experience and understanding of the term. On the basis of insights gathered during various team assignments at REVA and subsequent industry exposure through internship and campus recruitment programs, I have found that a leader is more than a person who leads or commands a group or organization. Over and above all, a leader is a person whose top duty is to get things done and deliver desired results. He is the driving force behind any given task, a person who is bold enough to take responsibility for failures and share success with all.

Now let us come to the point of understanding effective leadership. An effective leadership is a combination of both art and science of leadership. It is not just limited to producing powerful results. In business organizations, it is after all about a way that affects working culture of a team or a company. Organizations become lengthened shadow an individual in longer run. This means that individual working style after sometime tends to dominate overall working of the business organization. Organizational culture and policies soon start reflecting leader’s individual preferences. But an effective leader realizes this before anyone else does and grooms people for next level of greater responsibility. This is known as succession planning in management terms.

To my mind an effective leadership covers following 3 essential traits:

• Empowers people to realize the best in them – This not only helps individuals to grow professionally but also helps to prepare them for specific job in hand. So, basically, effective leaders nurture talent.

• Fosters creativity and independent thinking – This is very important because it empowers people to think and act independently thereby making them responsible and accountable for individual actions and decisions which ultimately drive organizational learning.

• A very good communicator  Throughout history, effective leaders have been very good communicators too. Business leaders always require connecting with groups of people across functions and locations. An effective leader is one whose communication reflects clarity of instruction for getting things done efficiently and effectively. His instructions should help the team eliminate wheat from chaff and focus on right things to be done besides doing things rightly.

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