Leadership Objectives Describe the need for leadership skills and the characteristics of an effective leader. Identify the human relations skills needed by managers and leaders.
Leadership Related Terms: Leadership -the ability to motivate individuals and groups to accomplish important goals. Human relations- the way people get along with each other. Influence -enables a person to affect the actions of others. Informal influence-when one or two people emerge as leaders to help get the group focused and organized. Formal influence -election of officers
What is a leader? What is the most important resource of a business? People The cost of hiring, training, and paying employees is usually one of a business’ highest expenses. Need for leadership When a manager can get individual employees and groups to work well together to accomplish objectives then he/she is an effective leader.
Preparing to Be a Leader You do not have to be a manager to be a leader. Study leadership Participate in organizations and activities Practice leadership at work/school Observe leaders Work with a mentor Do a self-analysis and ask for feedback
Importance of Human Relations Human relations skills needed by managers and leaders. Self understanding Leaders must first understand their own strengths and weaknesses. Understanding others Recognizing that people are more alike than different. Recognizing the similarities will help develop a stronger team. Effective gets to know each person’s skills and abilities as well as strengths and weaknesses.