"leadership is action, not position"
Donald H McGannon
There is much debate on what constitutes essential leadership skills. In choosing the skills for this second book and book 1 I have drawn on:
- Leadership and management theory, models and philosophy
- My experiences as a leader and team member
- Questionnaires and surveys
- Those skills which are practical and transformational in nature
By adapting these skills to your own style and organisational context you will become a more adaptive, inspirational, effective and transformative leader. Your team will in turn develop into a mature, supportive and synergistic group whose actions are congruent with organisational vision and the constant striving for excellence.
This book concentrates on leadership skills as being transformational and inspirational in nature. This is not to say that managers do not have these skills and indeed I am not making that distinction. Managers are often thought of in terms of following procedure and ‘getting the job done’ with less concern for staff development and needs. But, as far as this book goes the term ‘leader’ also refers to the ‘manager’. (For a more detailed explanation of managers vs. leaders please see the book ‘The Skills, Models and Philosophies of Leadership)