Essay on Traits of an Effective Leader

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In order to be an effective leader there are traits involved as well as a competency to lead. Failure to take into account the personality traits a successful leader should possess can lead to employing a leader who is ineffective. Many times people are promoted into leadership positions due to the longevity of their tenure with a company or how they perform in their current positions. As a member of the management team of Dr. Pepper Snapple Group I have observed that there is more to becoming a successful leader than experience and tenure. We are managing various people who possess different personalities and work ethics and we are constantly adjusting our leadership skills to meet the diversity of the workforce. It is in this realization…show more content…
We were set back a month because of my slip and it cost many hours of overtime to undo what I had done. Everyone was willing to work with me and fix the mistake after I displayed that I could be honest and admit to my mistakes. It is this kind of honesty that a leader should possess. The whole point of leadership is figuring out how to get from where you are to where you need to be. When a leader doesn’t have a vision for the future, it can cause the organization to become stagnant and miss out on great opportunities for growth and change. A leader must set aside some time for planning and thinking about the future. Organizations, mine included, expect leaders to be visionaries and propel their organizations forward. I must submit quarterly assessments to my superior in regards to which processes we need to change and why as well as how this change will impact our future. In Dr. Pepper Snapple Group this is called forecasting for the future and in order to be effective it forces you to take a close look at your current situation. Once you have a vision for the future you have to share it with your followers whether it may come to fruition or not. Many leaders hesitate to share their vision because of fear of failure. This is a legitimate concern. However, people need to know that a leader has a strong vision for the future and a strong plan for going forward (Van Vugt, 2006). Leaders run into trouble sharing their
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