Essay on What Makes for an Effective Leader?

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The mystery of what makes one an effective leader has fascinated people for thousands of years. There is a great difference between leadership and management. Leadership in my opinion differs from management and requires transformational approaches. Peter F. Drucker says, "Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things (Goodreads.com,2014). Management capabilities can be developed mostly through personal experiences while leadership skills are inherent and there are therefore no clear cut ways to develop it. The viability of a leader depends more on knowing yourself, pragmatic leadership and pleasing the masses rather than responding to circumstances. In order for one to be a successful leader, one must fully…show more content…
Criss Jami once said," to be truly positive in the eyes of someone, you must risk appearing negative in the eyes of others" (Goodreads.com,2014). Pleasing the masses means following the whims and caprices of every individual. Initially I thought leaders were to please their followers at all times. After my leadership class on this topic however, I had a different understanding of the concept of pleasing the masses. Pleasing the masses in my opinion depends on the type of leadership style that is being used by the leader. If the leader happens to be an autocratic leader where all decisions are taken mainly by the leader with or no input from the followers, the leader may take decisions which may not be in favor of the followers. However, if the leader happens to be a democratic leader, decisions taken may be taken in compromise and as such may have bits and pieces pleasing both the leaders and the followers. From my understanding of pleasing the masses, sometimes it is necessary for decisions which may not please the masses to be taken. Leaders have foresight and as such some of the decisions that they may take may not always please every single follower of theirs. Such non-pleasing decisions may however be a critical move for them to make in order to solve a situation. A good leader does what is right and sometimes what is right may not always appeal to people. A clear example can be seen in George Orwell's short
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