Given the essentiality of a leader, there exists a thirst in groups and organizations that needs to be relieved. This thirst is the constant quest of groups and organizations to have what they deem to be the perfect one. There is this constant desire of groups to have the leader perfectly suited for them. It is always their desire to attain success which lies big in their elected leader. No organization or group will attain success without a competent leader that is leading the way for them.
This constant search of organizations and groups in having a good competent leader leads us to question: What is then the essence of a competent leader This paper will try to answer such question and will try to unravel the essence of a true leader in the context of a leader's perspective and the personal leadership philosophy of the author. Without further ado, let us now begin our discussion beginning with a leader's perspective, then looking at the personal philosophy of the author and finally looking at the two perspectives in terms of commonality and try to extract the best way of describing the essence of a leader.
The leader interviewed was a calm and humble leader. He was so accommodating that that the interviewer instantly felt ease in dealing with him. He described his leadership as a democratic, facilitative and directive leadership.
His leadership style is democratic in a sense that he gives freedom to his members. Freedom is manifested in the fact the he encourages creative thinking from his members. His members are allowed to conceptualize ideas regarding the steps needed by the organization in taking the path towards success. He cited one example in marketing. He said that in selling their products, he does not only rely on his trainings and capability but also solicits methods and ideas from his members. His members are free to suggest action plans on how they will promote and sell their products. As a matter of fact, he requires each member to submit an action plan on marketing.
He also emphasized that he promotes an atmosphere of free thinking. He does not give much pressure to his members. He believes that free thinking can promote a healthier environment for his members and will let them achieve better ends in their endeavor of achieving success. He gives tasks in a manner that his members enjoy doing it. But he also emphasized that freedom is limited to the extent that there is always discipline in his members. The freedom that he gives is not absolute because he always wants discipline to be bannered by his members.
Too much freedom as he said will at times make a member undisciplined enough to ruin the organization's desire for success. He gave emphasis on discipline because he deemed it very vital to success. It is also in discipline that he sees the reason in achieving a timely goal. Discipline promotes efficiency that will enable the organization to achieve their goals in the estimated amount of time they put in achieving it. Efficiency is significant in order for the organization not to waste money and time in any goal that must be attained.
His leadership style also banners a facilitative way. This means that because he is promoting a freedom of thinking in the organization, he does not always direct but most of the time facilitates. Being a