What Makes a Leader Effective or Not?

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Aahna Bachni MBA
Manager, India

What Makes a Leader Effective or Not?

Please help me with this question: What makes a leader (whether in business or elsewhere) effective or not? Thank you.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

How can a Leader be Effective?

One good and seemingly simple answer to this question is: by creating resonance. Resonance comes from the Latin word resonare, meaning: "to resound". Effective leaders are attuned to other people's feelings and/or thoughts and are thus able to move them in the right / desired / effective direction.
Another way to answer this question is by saying: by adjusting their management style to the requirements of all circumstances at hand.
For some more information about creating resonance in certain circumstances and corresponding leadership styles, refer to the leadership styles knowledge center.
Another interesting view is by Maner who argued that effective leaders switch between dominance and prestige.

John O. Dozier, Jr.
Coach, United States

Effectiveness Defined by Clarifying a Leader's Main Responsibility

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Gerard Otten
Partner, Netherlands

What Makes a Leader Effective (or Not?)

A few words on effective - so the question is to cause an effect. Under different CIRCUMSTANCES diff... Sign up

richard lopez
Manager, United States

Effective Leadership

Effective leadership is being successful at getting employees to do what they don't want to do. Some... Sign up

Jason Wallace

Clarifying a Leader's Main Responsibility

@John O. Dozier, Jr.: I feel that you nailed it, a leaders effectiveness should be measured against ... Sign up

Frederic A Parker
Consultant, United States

Leadership is Service

I am reminded of the motto of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst: "Serve to Lead." Style only deal... Sign up

Javier Elenes
Business Consultant, Mexico

The Secret of an Effective Leader its Create a Pull Effect Among His Followers

The acid test of a leader is wether he or she has followers. He will have followers if he generates ... Sign up

Professor, Ukraine

Effective Leadership

I like the phrase "A leader is one who accepts the challenges of the world and responds to them in a... Sign up

Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

Effective Leaders Create Followers

Without followers then, by definition, a person is not a "leader". So, arguably, a leader's effecti... Sign up

George Kaimis
Manager, Cyprus

What Makes a Leader Effective

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