2 years ago

The Main Difference Between A Team Leader And A Delegatory Leader

The Main Difference Between A Team Leader And A Delegatory Leader

Even though leadership has been given various unique definitions, there is one that seeks to portray it as the act of guiding a group of people who are inspired towards achieving or realising certain specific goals. Based on such a definition a leader is expected to have certain unique qualities that will set him or her apart from other so-called leaders and through the exhibition of these qualities, a true leader is always known. Some of the qualities include;

  • Being compassionate about the general wellbeing of each and every member of the group
  • Show deep care and concern towards followers
  • Having a very interactive vision
  • Being very committed and passionate about the whole process
  • Displaying a broad understanding of what the group is about
  • Being inspired

These are just a few of the qualities that a true leader is expected to possess in order to excel and such qualities are always looked for in any individual who decides to take up the leadership mantle of a particular group. However, aside all these qualities there are certain determinants which helps in identifying the type of leader that a particular person is and how he or she sets out to achieve all the goals of the group.

There are basically two distinct types of organisational leaders in existence and they have been around for as long as leadership can be traced. These two leadership types upon all their distinctiveness can only be distinguished through how they each carry out their leadership roles. This means that they can all boast of having the same qualities of a leader and everything that a leader must have but when it comes to putting things into practice that is where one is found as lacking the ethics of a true leader.

Below are the two main types of practical leadership styles;

A Team Leader: A Team Leader is the kind of leader who seeks to become just a guide to the other members who work within the organisation. The main concern of this type of leader is not about instructing others to get the job done but rather being part of the team that gets the job done and even being the one who initiates the projects before other members come aboard.

Such a leader is always involved in all the activities that the group undertakes and there is not a single moment where they are seen as idling about without doing something that is of importance to the whole organisation. Whether an exciting or physically demanding task, such leaders can be seen in the midst of the workers. They are not the type of leaders who choose the more dignifying tasks and leave those demanding and physically exerting ones to others to do.

A team leader makes sure that each and every member of the team is adequately catered for and likes the role that has been given to him or her. Doing this helps the leader to be assured that each and every member of the team is satisfied with how the group is being run. These are the leaders who are able to identify that each and every member is of equal importance to the group being able to achieve its targets and as such seeks to ensure that they are all satisfied and comfortable with what they are expected to do.

A leader who delegates tasks: This is the type of leader who sets down on a path to achieving the targets that has been set by the organisation by ensuring that those tasks are delegated to other members of the group. Although they do have the qualities that make a good leader, they are only interested in getting themselves involved with those kinds of tasks that are less demanding, equally exciting and dignifying. Those tasks that they find difficult and energy-sapping are delegated to other members of the group who are tasked with seeing to it that such jobs get done extremely well.

A leader who delegates tasks to his or her workers is not seen as been a true leader mainly because every true leader is expected to get actively involved in all the activities that are undertaken by the group and not to have some preferences for certain kinds of tasks. A true leader is expected to be the initiator of almost every activity of the group and as such when any leader is found delegating tasks to other members he or she is automatically ruled out of those with true leadership skills.

To get to this part means you have a very clear idea of the two main types of practical leadership styles available.


About the Author:  Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.

2 years ago

Authority And How Different It Is From Leadership

Authority And How Different It Is From Leadership


An individual in authority makes use of power in other to get people to side or undertake an activity with him or her. Such a person has the backing of whatever laws are there and therefore he or she is able to get others to perform their part in achieving a particular objective.

On the other hand, leadership does not make use of that forceful power which is so evident with someone in authority. A leader gets people to perform a task or embark on a journey out of their own interest. These people are able to identify with whatever the leader is doing and as such makes conscious efforts to also work in the same direction as the leader in other to achieve the set objectives.

It is not however very easy to distinguish between a person in authority and a leader as these two roles are always being used as if they meant the same thing. That is why it is very common to see a leader rather urging and forcing people to follow whatever he or she is doing. However, it should be seen as the execution of tasks by an individual who is in authority rather than as a leadership role.

Authority comes in various forms and can be seen by the way a particular person exerts his or her power on others. These may include the following;

Charismatic Authority: This is the type of authority that is exerted by an individual on others as a result of having a very strong inner self belief in whatever they were doing to such a point that others were automatically willing to accept everything that such a person says. A clear example can be seen in some people who have walked the length and breadth of this earth and these people include Jesus Christ and Mohammed. They were so engrossed in their self belief and goals and set forth to achieve them in a way that portrayed their humanity and as such people practiced and executed whatever they said. People with charismatic authority are those who are able to influence others with whatever that they say to the extent of getting them to obey the words that are spoken by such authoritative figures. This type of authority can also be formalised as it can be seen in religious bodies using the charismatic authority of people like Jesus and Mohammed to influence the behaviour of their members.

Traditional Authority: This is the authority that exists in the society on a natural basis. An example can be made of the authority that an adult has over the social behaviour of a child in a particular society. It is permitted for the adult to use this type of authority to ensure that the child puts up a behaviour that is acceptable in the society. This also goes for those traditional rulers who have the authority to ensure that each and every individual within their Kingdom obeys and adheres to the societal norms and regulations. Such people have been given the power to mete out punishments to those who flout any of the rules and regulations that govern the society.

Rational or Formal Authority: This comes as a result of the charismatic authority of an individual being formalised or rationalised to serve the course of a particular body. This mainly refers to each and every religious body as they have been able to draw on the authoritative presence of their founders like Jesus Christ, Mohammed and Mahatma Gandhi to instil some norms and regulations which members are tasked to follow to the end. These religious bodies mainly get their authority from the authority that their various founders had on people and use it as a yardstick for keeping the social and moral behaviours of their members in line with that of their founder.

These three types of authority do not however qualify an individual as a lead. This is due to the fact that even though such people like Jesus, Mohammed and Gandhi all had charismatic authority with which they could have asked people to come follow them, none of these important leaders made use of that. The main thing that is very evident in how they used their charismatic authority can be seen in the granting of each and every individual the opportunity to make a choice as to whether he or she wants to follow the lead of such a person or not. This is what makes authority very different from leadership.

A leader allows those who follow to make their own choice: This is the most significant distinction between a leader and someone who has authority. A leader always ensures that his or her followers made their own choice to follow his or her lead without being forced or asked to do so.

2 years ago

The First Two Parts Of Transformation

The First Two Parts Of Transformation

Transformation has been seen as the act of bringing about a desired change in an individual or a group of people. There are various ways through which transformation among humans can be achieved and it all depends on the type of method that a particular leader decides to make use of in transforming his or her followers. Even though each of those methods can bring about the desired change in people, most of such methods used only seek to force people into submission and that makes it something totally different from what true leadership seeks.


There are two main ways through which people can identified as being transformed and they include:

  • Complying with directives
  • Showing commitment to the work that they do


With regards to those workers or group members who only comply with the directives that they are given, it is a sure way of letting people know that they are not in tune with the change that has been brought upon them and that they are being forced to dance to the tune of the organization even though they do not have any kind of limbic link with those goals. This is not what true transformation talks about.


However, with regards to those workers who are always committed to whatever task they are given, they help portray the idea that they are really happy with what the system has been able to do to them. This is made evident in the way that they perform each and every task that is given to them without showing any signs of not being happy. Most of the things that they do are done without being told to do so and they always make sure that the task is executed to perfection. This is what true transformation is all about as it seeks to change people through the act of being inspired well enough to show commitment in the activity that they are performing.


The above two are just things that will let you know that transformation has really taken place and they will also indicate whether such a transformation is positive or negative with regards to how the people respond to the performance of tasks.


In transforming yourself and others to strive to achieve your goals there are two main parts which will help you to succeed as a leader. These two main parts of transformation are:


Vision: Vision is the creation of a mental picture of the condition that you seek to achieve which is far better than what you are presently experiencing. This is the first part of an individual becoming transformed as he or she will begin to create various desirable goals and targets that are different from what is being currently experienced. A leader who is without any clear vision sends a very negative signal to his or her followers that they will be wasting their time and energy if they decide to follow his or her lead. Followers always seek for leaders who have a very clear idea of what they wish to achieve and allows such an idea to totally and holistically transform him or her. When such a person is identified, people are automatically drawn to him or her and their lives are also transformed by the connection that they may have with the vision. Being a leader with a vision is a step towards making sure that you transform your life and that of your followers. When people are able to identify and properly connect with the vision of a leader then they will also be willing to change their ways in order to achieve that particular vision.


Action: This is the second part of transformation and the last also but that does not make it any less important. As a matter of fact it is of equal importance as the first one since they each must be in place if true transformation is to take place within an organization. The mere fact of having a vision is to say that you are halfway to transforming people and even yourself but when such a vision is put into action then and only then can it be said that transformation has really taken place within the group of people that you lead. So, for transformation within a group of people that you lead to be recognised as being complete there has to be a positive action that will be taken towards the achievement of the vision that has been identified.


Now you know that vision together with action helps to bring about transformation.


2 years ago

How To Step Out As A True Leader

A true leader is the leader who is able to bring together a group of people with diverse personalities and transforms them into a unified group of people who are willing to strive towards the achievement of the group’s targets or goals. This is what people like Jesus Christ and Mohammed among other equally important historical leadership figures were able to do in their time that has gained them much acclaim for their leadership prowess. They are revered and worshipped due to the fact that they made the art of leadership appear so easy that people were always willing to do anything just to please them.


To step out as a true leader requires an individual to walk in the very footsteps of those great historical leadership figures that have made their mark in this world in the area of being recognised as true leaders of all time. Below are the ways through which you can also walk in their footsteps in order to be able to step out as a true leader;


Identify who you are: This refers to your ability to really know yourself to the extent that you know all the things that you are capable of and those that you can’t do. Being able to identify who you are simply means knowing yourself better. It is just a way of getting to know all your strengths and weaknesses and how you react to various situations emotionally, socially and physically. Leaders who have gone that extra mile to get to know who they are very well always have the edge over those who decide not to seek out who they really are. Stepping out as a true leader comes with a lot of obligations and it is only when you know yourself very well that you can confidently say you are the right person to take a group of people from a current condition to a future destination. Such decisions require that an individual knows what he or she will be up against and as such makes the necessary preparations for any eventuality. To be well prepared will always depend on how well you know yourself as it is only then that you can know your capabilities and your shortcomings.


Change your mind: As a leader, you will be presented with a lot of different obstacles with the passing of every moment and it is up to you to make sure that you are always ready when such situations avail themselves. The idea of being a leader rests on your ability to change your mindset from a present condition and focus it on a future condition which is very different from what you are experiencing presently. True leaders are those who have the ability to change the way they act and think in order to allow them live in a future condition that he or she has set. A person like Jesus Christ was not brought up they way that would have made it easier for him to assume that leadership role but the moment he decided to lead people he changed his mindset from mere material things and focused on something that was higher. That is what each and every individual who craves to be seen as a true leader should do. Be able to change your mindset and focus on the achievement of your goals which should always be higher and better than what you are going through presently.


Cultivate the habit of practicing the things that you preach: This doesn’t even need to be explained further but for the sake of those who might be new to the say that one should always practice what he or she preaches I will elaborate a little. When a leader demands his or her followers to be inspired and show higher levels of commitment then that particular leader should be ready to first show how inspired and committed he is towards the achievement of the desired organisational goals. Whatever action the leader wants his followers to take should first be taken by him. This will prove to the followers that their leader is really leading by example. Jesus Christ talked of sacrifice and followed it by offering himself as a sacrifice for his followers. In doing that he was able to show his followers that he was a living testimony of all that he preached.


Commit to change: This requires an individual being committed to the various activities involved in bringing about the desired change. A leader is expected to show a higher level of commitment to the path that he or she has chosen so that his or her followers can also follow suit.


Holistically following the points above will help you step out as a true leader.


About the Author:  Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.

2 years ago

How Can You Develop Spiritually As A Leader?

To develop as a leader has a lot of things that come together to show that an individual is now qualified to be seen as a developed leader. There are various areas of human life that needs to be taken into consideration if a person is to be recognised as having developed. Some of these areas of human life include;

  • Emotional development
  • Physical development
  • Mental development
  • Social development
  • Spiritual development

These are just some of the areas of human development. There are other areas which deal with the intellectual development of an individual and how practical he or she is when it comes to dealing with a group of people. Each of these areas has its own way of being developed and they also come with their own indicators through which people are able to identify whether a particular person has really develop or not. Much emphasis has over the years been placed on certain areas of human development with a single area being kept away for a very long time. Development with regards to the likes of emotions, physical, mental social and intellectual areas of an individual have always been extensively discussed with that of the spiritual development being kept in the dark.

Spiritually developing as a leader comes with a number of unique things that need to be properly handled and true leaders now and past were all good at dealing with such things. Buddha, Jesus Christ and Mohammed among many other leaders were able to use the spiritual development to draw a lot of followers towards their perceived destination and it is up to every individual leader to also make sure that he or she gets developed spiritually if he or she wishes to have that kind of influences that those leaders had on their followers.

Being developed in all the other areas are essential but it is true spiritual development that you can really create the kind of inspiration that is needed to push followers towards the desired target or goal.

There are some ways through which an individual can develop spiritually as a leader and that is what this article will throw more light on.

How can you develop spiritually?

Be mindful of everything: Being mindful demands that a person shows a much matured way of doing everything in life so that he or she does not end up trampling or creating unwanted emotional situations for the organisation. A leader is always seen as being matured in everything that he or she says or does and that can only be achieved when that particular leader makes use of caution in all his or her dealings with people. Leaders who are mindful are those who perfectly understand the various emotions and individual differences on display in that particular organisation and adequately address them in a matured way without any commotion being caused. He or she knows how to speak to people and how to treat them as individuals with unique differences and feelings and as such there is no situation where that leader is seen to have acted in a very inappropriate manner towards any individual member since caution is his or her watchword.

Being compassionate: The ability to show genuine care and concern about the personal feelings of an individual goes on to show how compassionate you are as a leader. Showing compassion to your followers has a way of help to spiritually develop a person by making him or her to be emotionally intelligent to the various situations that individual members go through. Such a leader goes from being just a leader to becoming a truly developed leader as he or she is able to connect to the emotions of his or her members on a very different level. He or she understands what their fears are and what they hope to achieve without even being told.

Connect to a higher source of inspiration: This is the ultimate tool in spiritual development of any individual and it requires the person to be able to have a total belief in a source of energy that is far greater and higher than the targets or goals that have been set by the organisation. This is what drives you on even when all people think that there is no way forward. People like Buddha, Jesus Christ and Mohammed were all able to connect to this higher source of energy through constantly meditating, praying and studying themselves critically and it helped in giving them the kind of inspiration and faith that regarded as being out of this world.

These are the three main ways through which you can develop spiritually as a leader.

About the Author:  Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.

2 years ago

What Things Are Involved In Moving From A Present Condition To A Desired Condition?

The act and art of leadership is all about identifying the negatives of a current situation and doing all that you possibly can to make sure that you move away from such a situation towards one that has a lot of positives. This is what each and every leader sets out to do and it is upon reaching any of the goals he or she has set that success can be mentioned. This means you are only recognised as being a successful leader when you are able to achieve some of not all of the goals that have been set for the organisation.

An individual’s quest to reach his or her goals has never and will never be as lateral is it so often seems to people outside. There are a lot of things that come into play the moment a person decides to embark on a journey from a negative present state of being to a positive future desired state. This article will provide you with the various things that come into play and what they all mean to you as a leader. Read on and equip yourself with all that you need to know as a leader in an organisation or over a group of people.

Dissatisfaction: This is the situation whereby an individual is not happy with a condition or sees the present condition as not offering enough in terms on opportunities for people to make use of in order to better their lives. This is the first thing that comes into play when a leader decides to do something to achieve a target or goal. It stems from the fact that he or she does not find the present state as being up to the level that people expect and as such a lot of inconveniences have been created. This is what urges a person to make a bold decision of helping to eliminate that situation and create an enhanced one.

The taking of initial steps or action: This refers to the action that an individual takes after identifying the destination that he or she wishes to reach. Being dissatisfied with a condition will urge an individual to look for solutions and when such solutions are found he or she will be expected to move towards achieving those targets so that a desired state will be reached. The whole process of identifying goals and looking for ways to achieve those goals all constitute the taking of initial steps or action. Having a vision is just a part of trying to move from a state of being dissatisfied to desired state whilst the other part involves the very first things you do with regards to realising your dreams.

The costs involved in achieving your goal: This also relates to the various risks that you will have to take if you are to reach your target and what effect such risks are bound to have on your life and that of those who have decided to follow you. It involves everything that will be used in trying to reach the desired destination and comprises of material, financial and the human resources that will be needed if you are to succeed on the path you have taken. This aspect pits the rewards with the risks that are being taking in order to ascertain whether the goal will be of any value to those concerned or if it will end up being a worthless adventure. Every leader should be able to give a raw sketch of what he or she thinks will be needed if they are to succeed in achieving their goals.


Daily inconceivable decisions that are to be made: This is also referred to as the area of ambiguity. This is the part of your leadership where you need to make certain choices and decisions which were never part of the initial design. They involve the identification of new and alternative routes that can be equally used in order to reach the desired target in case there is an obstacle in the path of the first route chosen. This is an area which shows how flexible you are with the choices that you make and the changes that you can make when presented with any unforeseen emergency.

The goal or target: This refers to the desired state that you wish to reach. It is in stark contrast to the condition or situation that you were dissatisfied with and has all the negatives of that previous state being turned into positives.

For any individual to embark on a journey to reaching his or her targets, the above-listed points are the things involved in moving from a present state to a desired state.


About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.

2 years ago

The Main Areas Needed In Self-Awareness Creation

The Main Areas Needed In Self-Awareness Creation

Self-awareness is the ability that an individual has of realising all his or her capabilities are how he or she functions in the leadership role that he or she has been assigned. Being aware of who you are through the lenses of leadership requires a lot of scrutinizing of yourself and making sure of all the things that you can and cannot do. It also involves your ability to realise how you react to different stimuli as a leader in an organisation. A leader should always have a very holistic idea about his or her abilities and all the things that he or she can possibly do.

Self-awareness involves the asking of a variety of questions that are directed towards the personality of the person involved. When you are able to properly identify all those key things which come together to make you who you are then and only then can you say you are fully aware of who you are.

In reality, there are certain major areas that must be critically looked at if you are to fully be aware of who you are and what you are capable of doing. These things should always be present in your analysis in order to be sure that you have really taken a very deep and critical look into yourself.

Keep going through the text below and you will at the end get to know of what areas you need to look at which are responsible for self-awareness in a leader.

Emotional self-awareness: This refers to the ability of an individual to realise how he or she reacts to all the things that are related to his or her emotions in his or her capacity as a person and as a leader. Being able to know how you react when presented with a variety of conditions will help you to become aware of your emotions and how they affect the things that you do. Our emotions have a way of affecting our actions and these effects can either be positive or negative depending on how the person concerned tends to react to such situations. It is your duty as a leader and as an individual to take a very holistic look into your emotions and find out what makes you to react angrily so that you can try to avoid such things and to also find out those things that pushes you on to perform and react really well in order to push towards such things. Whatever it is that generates a good emotional response within you should be encouraged and those things that are known to make you edgy and less friendly to be with should be totally avoided or lasting solutions found to them.

Accurate self-assessment: This involves taking stock of all the things that you are capable of doing and those that you cannot do. This area is mainly concerned with identifying what your fears are and how you tend to deal with those fears. It is also related to how you tend to live your life and the decisions or choices that you make on a daily basis. In trying to accurately assess yourself, you need to be very truthful to yourself so that you will have a clear impression of what really ticks you and what makes you go hay-wire. Identification of the limits that you can also reach under pressure and your normal performance levels are all included in accurately assessing yourself which is an essential feature of total self-awareness.


Self-confidence: Being confident in yourself does not mean taking decisions without first trying to find out what will be expected of you. It is more like first finding the depth of a river before jumping in so that you do not get drowned when you realise that it is very deep. Confidence is a way of saying that you believe in what you want to do or what you are doing and it is mainly due to the fact that you have really considered everything that relates to the task you want to accomplish. This area tasks you to identify the level of confidence that you do have in your own self and how positive you are of yourself. This will help you realise how committed you will be towards the achievement of the goals that you and the other group members have set in those situations when the going gets tough and a person with great self-belief is needed to help boost the belief of the others.

These are the three main areas needed in self-awareness creation.

About the author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.