Savitri S. Mills

Principles of Leadership BHS 3150
Shane Kelledy
Nova Southeastern University
A Successful Organization Starts with Great Leadership
A Successful Organization Starts with Great Leadership
It is arguable that, there are people who are naturally born as leaders.
However, the proportion is less and cannot make an impact in a greater
plan of things. Leaders usually develop internally, and they work on
themselves on a continual basis (Lojeski, 2009). In actual sense, these
people are not geniuses neither are they entrepreneurial masterminds
with the capability to do things that no one else is capable of doing.
Evidently, behind every strong leader are a work culture and a system
that cultivates them as well as enhances their capability to perform
(Lojeski, 2009). Nonetheless, there are other factors, which will help
the leader mature into his/her responsibilities. This applies to even
the born leaders as more than often they are cultivated to mature by the
firms they serve. Evidently, it is not only the quality individual
leaders that determine the success of an organization. The main thing
determining success is the capability of the informal and formal leaders
to work in collaboration to achieve the goals of the organization as
well as make the difference (Kurtzman, 2009). This is an indication
that, it is impossible to ignore various backgrounds and cultures of
different people because it brings about diversity in the workplace. For
instance within the health center, leaders should ensure that, they pull
together in different minds with the aim to attain success from its
large pull of employees. A versatile staff is able to meet the needs of
the patients fully and satisfactorily, thus bringing tangible results
with the health care sector. This paper seeks to deliberate on the
statement ‘A Successful Organization Starts with Great Leadership’.
Leadership and Organization
Apparently, majority of successful organizations today were not born in
a good and thriving market. Some of the companies that started on a low
note include Sony whose initial product, a rice cooker was a
lackluster. Therefore, for all these market giants, leadership is the
underlying factor which has led to their success. This is a clear
indication of irrespective of the poor start or unfavorable market
timing, a great leader with a multi-faceted team of medical
practitioners, a hospital or a healthcare organization will survive and
thrive in any market (Wilson, 2012). As a matter of fact, the skills and
capabilities of a leader stand out in a difficult economic environment
(Kurtzman, 2009).
A leader’s willingness to effectively guide the others can have a
remarkable implication on the success of the health practitioners in
healthcare sector. Consequently, everything the leader does, in order to
be great, has a significant effect on the organization. For instance, to
be successful within the health care sector, leaders needs to be
trustworthy and competent (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). It is evident that,
trust is the core to a healthy relationship between the leader and the
staff, and lack of trust makes things fall apart. However, it is crucial
for any leader to understand that this is something which cannot be
building in a day. In a health sector, a leader should be open up to his
colleagues and share everything concerning the health sector with them
to create transparency and a good working relationship (Kouzes & Posner,
2012). After, he/she should give the employees room to be in charge of
their roles as well as trust them in serving the patients, thus
enhancing the success of the organization.
Lastly, an organization cannot accomplish its goals without an effective
organization culture. For instance, most hospitals share the vision and
values. Therefore, a health center requires a leader who will be able
cultivate a strong culture that will align its medical practitioners
with its objectives to boost performance. For the health center’s
culture to be successful, the leader should understand that, culture as
a construct comprises three dimensions namely the norms (integrity and
teamwork), how the medical practitioners will hold them, as well as how
they agree on the norms (Kouzes & Posner, 2012).
Attributes of a Good Leader
Some of the major attributes of great leaders include the ability to
delegate, inspirational, and communication. These are explained herein.
Leadership is founded on spiritual quality and the power to inspire
other workers (Sinek, 2011). Therefore, they have the capacity of
sharing their passion in a manner that allows other people to feel
passionate, a factor which leads to job loyalty, thus higher
productivity. Leaders assist their employees understand the
organizational culture and through regular communication, the employees
have a high probability of understanding the reason of the existence of
the organization, thus higher productivity at all levels (Wilson, 2012).
Inspirational leaders pay attention to people in their organization as
it is extremely difficult for employees to support fully goals and
directions that they were not involved in devising (Sinek, 2011). An
inspirational leader will incorporate his/her employees’ ideas, a
factor that can contribute to the success of the organization. In a
health care setting, an inspirational leader would inspire his employees
who would in return provide proper and efficient care to patients.
Effective communication is highly efficient in any organization.
Organizations that are characterized by efficient communication between
leader and employees have low disputes, low turnover rate, thus improved
performance (Wilson, 2012). Leaders should know what they want their
employees to accomplish, and the same time should be communicated in a
succinct, clear, and efficient manner as this is extremely essential. It
is clear that, efficient communication necessitates proper communication
skill and such communication encompasses relating to the
organization’s vision, mission, and goal to the employees, in order to
enable the entire team to work towards attaining the same.
Creating fruitful work environment and training staff rely on proper
communication methods. A great leader should make use of the open door
policy, communicate to the employee on a weekly or daily basis, and
discussing interoffice matters with others as this is vital (Wilson,
2012). Through this, he/she would be able to understand all the
happenings taking place in the workplace, as well as employees’ needs,
thus address the same appropriately. Besides, the employees would have
high trust on their leader and would work hard towards attaining the
goals set. For instance, in a healthcare setting, proper communication
always results to a positive impact on the patients, thus minimizing
premature deaths among other notable cases. Further, learning how to
communicate with patients of all racial backgrounds in an efficient way
is vital.
Ability to Delegate
A great leader should trust his/her team, thus being able to delegate
duties (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). For instance, this involves delegating
duties to suitable departments and persons, thus higher productivity.
Delegation of duties always serves as a clear indication that, job will
always be done by the most appropriate persons, a factor which result in
high quality work and productivity. (Kouzes & Posner, 2012) indicates
that, the ability to delegate involves the identification of strengths
of each team, a factor which leads to specialization. This in addition
to assisting the employees to fully be aware that their leader believes
and trust in them, thus enabling them to focus on high level duties,
especially those dealing with management.
It is clear that, for any organization to succeed there is the need for
effective leadership at all levels. Great leaders are crucial because
almost all the accomplishments of an organization are attributed their
activities. A leader’s willingness to lead effectively can have a
remarkable implication on the success of the health practitioners in a
health care. Some of the attributes of a good leader includes the
ability to delegate, being inspirational and effective communication at
the work place.
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