Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Are you being a controlling or helpful leader?


Some may view a leader in an organization as either being controlling or helpful. What is the difference between being controlling and helpful? There are several distinguishing features including level of strictness within the organization, services rendered, organization’s growth, levels of creativity, and diversity. These are some statements one can consider when leading a company while determining some controlling or helpful perspectives. This post will either help one to transform from being a controlling to a helpful leader; or become a more helpful leader.

Being a controlling leader can have severe effects on the organization including little to no creativity displayed within the company, low levels of productivity, and low periods of positive growth. If the leader controls too many aspects of the organization, it may decrease the level of creativity by not allowing new ideas, new methods of completing task, and new organization structures to be tested. Next, a controlling leader can decrease levels of productivity by providing services that the company as a culture, group and organization do not need. In turn, time, energy and resources are used that do not add to the growth and success of the organization. Also, being a controlling leader creates periods of little to no growth. Employees and customers may feel that a leader do not listen or attempt to understand various opinions. This may create an environment of decreased creativity.

Being a helpful leader means providing a service that the organization needs; meeting the needs of the followers/ employees, individually; and providing a vision that allows predecessors to build upon afterwards. Leading in a fashion that is helpful can be difficult at times because it can be perceived as being controlling. However, exploring the differences in control and assistance may provide a greater understanding of the leadership field and increase leader effectiveness. Being a leader that offers services that are necessary within the organization is important because this shows that the leader understands the organization and observes its strengths and weaknesses. This ability is important when leading any organization. Being a helpful leader means meeting the needs of the followers/ employees and consumers as well. By focusing on the followers and consumers, the leader sets the focus of the organization upon the individuals that actually develops the company through sells and human resources. Supplying a healthy vision as a helpful leader shows intended direction of the company while providing some margin for flexibility and change.

All in all, the difference between being a controlling and helpful leader is significant.  One should assess leadership styles and adjust accordingly because a leader’s style may affect the future of the organization. Being a controlling leader can have severe effects on the organization including little to no creativity being within the company, low levels of productivity, and low periods of positive growth. Being a helpful leaders means providing a service that the organization needs; meeting the needs of the followers/ employees; and providing a good vision. 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Labor Day: Are you enjoying your labor?


Labor Day is the recognition of American’s hard work that is provided throughout the years. In this post, Labor Day is going to be dissected in terms of employees’ enjoyment. During a time when job security seems to hide from many, even beyond the United States population, how does one find joy, fulfillment and purpose within a profession?

Many explanations can be given in regards to finding joy, fulfillment and purpose in a profession. Some include knowing the reason for working in the environment, looking for entrepreneurial avenues to earning income, answering questions of job satisfaction, reevaluating line of work, believing in better styles of earning income, strategically planning success, understanding transitioning and/or increase productivity, and finding personal worth within employment opportunities. In all of these suggestions, there are some key elements to focus on when developing an appreciation and enjoyment for a profession which includes: becoming a producer; evaluating one’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in current and/or desired profession; and believing in oneself by developing strategic goals for success in desired profession. Of course, there are other ways in which one can enjoy their profession outside of the reasons given; however, this post provides basic information and ‘food for thought’ in the continuation of one’s development of increased job satisfaction and career selection.

Some fundamental sources that one can focus on when developing an appreciation and enjoyment for their profession within present day unemployment uncertainty is becoming a producer in a profession; evaluating one’s knowledge, skills, and abilities in current and/or desired profession; and becoming serious and committed to one’s success in a profession. Being a producer in a field can be defined as creating and/or developing knowledge, tools and resources that will increase the growth of a profession. For example, a chemical engineer can develop a cutting edge formula for an environmentally safe residential cleaning agent. This action can help an individual to move from an employee of a company to a leader in the engineering field. Secondly, an individual has to evaluate ones knowledge, skills and abilities within the current and desired profession. By doing so, it forces one to realize some strengths and weaknesses. Once a person realizes their competencies, they can move to a serious commitment to enjoying their career. By knowing one’s strengths and weaknesses, one can make a strategic plan to move forward within the profession. In order to succeed, one has to know how to get to point B (increased enjoyment) from point A (less enjoyment).

Becoming a producer, leader in your field; self-evaluating; and committing seriously to your profession are some avenues one can engage in when developing a higher sense of enjoyment for their profession in a time of economic and employment uncertainty. Following these suggestions can assist an individual in becoming a leader in their profession as well as create opportunities for others. Labor Day is about celebrating those who contribute to the economic development of the world, but more importantly those who actually enjoy doing so.