It is through the application of ideas things become possible. It then calls for a guideline – something that would serve as the holy handbook both to the aspiring or inveterate leaders. Stephen Covey stresses on the direction and goal in his book, Principle-centered Leadership, thereby putting the ‘what’ and ‘where’ factors up in the order of a leader’s priority chart (Covey, 1992). Other thinkers too have their own lists of elements that can help the aspiring leaders.
In his book, 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell has presented the leadership issue as a set of applicable principles (Das, 2006). If one wants to have a brief look at leadership principles, The Spiritual Dimension of Leadership: 8 Key Principles to Leading More Effectively might prove handy. Its authors, Paul D. Houston and Stephen L. Sokolow produce an eight-point roadmap for effective leadership as briefly mentioned below. 1. Intention – Leaders should clear their intentions before anything.
2. Attention – Leaders must always visualize the needs and benefits of his team and should always be fully attentive to the programs that are beneficial to the community. 3. Natural Talents – Special skills and talents are God given gifts to every individual; thus leaders should use their skills and intellectual thinking to provide a humanistic and unbiased leadership to his community. 4. Gratitude – Leadership is more than giving of commands and duties.
Leaders should have an interpersonal emotion, greater acceptance, and dipper appreciation for handling a serious obligation. 5. Unique life lessons – Developing uniqueness helps to create a better relationship towards other members, and leaders should exploit personal experience to provide a useful knowledge – “Unique life lessons” is a big contribution in having an enlightened leader. 6. Holistic Perspective – Leaders should inspire the members to achieve their goals.
By emphasizing the importance of the members in the society, through the implementations of the holistic perspective true leadership will be more effective. 7. Openness – Leaders should always be open-minded in terms of the ideas and theories that are represented by the members of the public constituents. Any problems should seriously be discussed properly. 8. Trust – Trust remains to be the core reason needed for the leadership skill (Houston, 2006).
The leaders should apply trust to harp on the progressive idea on how to lead a certain group. However, there are innumerable instances in all spheres of life where the leadership failed to deliver at the crucial juncture only because of lack of vision, or because of pursuing inappropriate model of leadership. Accordingly this paper now proceeds towards checking the possible efficacy of various known models of leadership under the current business environment