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The IUP Journal of Soft Skills
What Maketh an Effective Leader?
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Over the past several years, one of the most important questions that organizations have tried to answer has been in determining the key traits of acknowledged leaders. There are many characteristics which form the foundation of an individual becoming an effective leader. Remembering them is a nightmare for many, for leadership is one area wherein there are different books and definitions, yet not one is consistent. Today there are many books on effective leadership. For example, as on October 26, 2015, there were 57,136 books on leadership.1 Even if we were able to read at the rate of one per day, this would equate to over 50 years of reading, including weekends. This paper attempts to bring in a basic understanding of what a leader is and how one practices leadership in various situations.

 
 

A phase that most organizations are hooked to today—wanting more leaders than managers. Yes, organizations ask for help for their managers to learn to supervise and coach and plan but also ask for help to make them the leaders they need them to be, to support, encourage and motivate their people. Today, it is important for most seniors to start to realize the difference between being a manager and a leader, and to use it to propel themselves as effective leaders. In an organizational context today, it is not enough for one to be able to plan, estimate, prioritize and schedule tasks and people appropriately and manage the time, resources and people effectively. Organizations look for ‘people managers’ who can go beyond that. They look for their ability to motivate, support and encourage the team members; they look for emotional intelligence and balanced approach towards tasks as well as people. Today, organizations look for leaders rather than just for managers.

 
 

Soft Skills Journal, Leader Should Do?, Task-Oriented or People-Oriented?, Concern for People, Concern for Tasks.