It is always known that the leader’s competence has a bearing on the leadership effectiveness in delivering business results. The focus, drive and ability of the leader have a bearing on the overall result.However, at a deeper level, it is interesting to note the impact that a follower can have on a leader’s effectiveness. Yes, follower’s investment in to the relationship with the leader is crucial foundation for leadership effectiveness. What i mean to say is that leader follower relationship is important for leadership to be effective.
Imagine a relationship between the leader and follower flowing smoothly; it will facilitate more trusting interactions, which will speed up the business functioning. On the contrary, if there is a rift or complexity in the relationship, then energy will be focused more on maintaining the relationship than on smooth and speedy performance.
Who should take the onus in building the leader-follower relationship?
The answer is an obvious one: BOTH.
At the beginning of an association, leader can help the follower in understanding the expected behavior. Follower then have to make efforts to see how many of those expectations can be met. By placing right efforts, the follower is gaining the trust of the leader. The relationship will then stabilize; the follower will experience greater freedom and empowerment (while of course, some followers may fall out with the leader).
The relationship will mature over a period; it will result in greater commitment, growth and mutual respect & concern. The whole spirit will be one of ‘winning together’!
Article By: Dr. Raj;
CEO, HR Footprints Management Services Pvt. Ltd.
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