Why Leadership is Important

The benefits of effective leadership are clear. In a review Aguinis and Kraiger concluded that the benefits of leadership development to an organization include :

“… improved organisational performance (e.g., profitability, effectiveness, productivity, operating revenue per employee) as well as other outcomes that relate directly (e.g., reduced costs, improved quality and quantity) or indirectly (e.g., employee turnover, organisations reputation, social capital) to performance.” [1]

The purpose of this module is to help you to realise these benefits and

  • enable you to analyse each situation
  • help you to select the appropriate leadership approach
  • provide you with the required skills to act
  • advance your business or career

If you are not in a leadership position yet, don’t turn away. In selecting leaders, organisations have realised that the most effective indicator of potential leaders is: acting as a leader. Laszlo Bock of Google said:

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless … We found that they don’t predict anything … When faced with a problem and you’re a member of a team, do you, at the appropriate time, step in and lead?”

Whether you have been assigned a leadership role or want to be an ‘emergent leader’, this module will help you to develop new perspectives and skills so that you can:

  • cultivate the critical leadership behaviours that employees look for establish a ‘connection’ with others and transform leadership into a partnership
  • are able to use a variety of leadership styles
  • fine tune your leadership approach based on the personality, emotional triggers, working styles, thinking patterns and values of each individual
  • motivate people so that you gain discretionary effort and higher productivity
  • build confidence in others
  • help people to stretch and grow so that they become more capable and self-reliant
  • stimulate continuous improvement
  • create a change-friendly environment
  • turn around underperforming employees
  • develop high performing teams
  • understand and communicate how you create value
  • manage upwards so that you gain the support you require from your boss
  • work effectively with colleagues and other stakeholders
  • establish efficient working processes and habits
  • and, perhaps most importantly, become a conscious observer of yourself so that you can extract maximum insight from your own experiences

In doing so, I will consider leadership from 4 perspectives:

  • a leadership foundation – a set of principles, behaviours and ways of working with others
  • contextual leadership behaviours – how to apply the correct leadership approach in relation to a specific person and task
  • building high performing teams
  • managing conflict

“It’s not the absence of leadership potential that inhibits the development of more leaders; it’s the persistence of the myth that leadership can’t be learned. This haunting myth is a far more powerful deterrent to leadership development than is the nature of the person or the basics of the leadership process.” [2]

I am a firm believer that everything about leadership can be learned. To be a good leader you just have to do what a good leader does.



[1] Benefits of Training and Development for Individuals and Teams, Organizations, and Society, Annual Review of Psychology

[2] The Truth About Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z Posner