Leadership is the willingness to accept responsibility and organize a group of people to achieve a common goal. With that come a number of different roles that are important as a leader. In the next 3 tips, we are going to highlight 10 of these roles.
The Next 3 Roles of a Leader
- A Leader Must Be an Organizer
- It is the job of the leader to organize resources, people and tasks around the plan. This could be in the day-to-day operation of an organization or more specifically on a project. The leader must remain aware of the resources and advocate for additional resources if needed. Also, people are not machines. Sometimes they stray off track and it’s the leader’s job to get them back on track, doing the tasks that have to be done to achieve the plan.
- A Leader Has to Be the Boss
- It can sometimes be uncomfortable for leaders to think of themselves as “bosses,” but this is part of the role. As bosses, leaders must solve problems, delegate tasks, and ultimately get the job done one way or another. The boss can’t be the complainer, but rather has to be focused on the solution and rallying people towards that solution. Delegation is an important skill to learn. A lot of young leaders think they need to do everything themselves, but it’s important to empower team members to be able to contribute to the goal.
- A Leader Must Play the Role of Liaison
- A leader can sometimes find him or herself caught between the team and the boss. It is common for a leader to have to relay a message to the team from the boss or vice versa. Sometimes, this can be relatively easy. Other times, the message can be challenging. The liaison has to be able to navigate this role with grace & tact—get the message across, maintain trust & respect, without losing anyone.
There is Not One Form of Leadership. There Are Many.