On Leadership

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I am forever researching something, often much to the chagrin of others. The first team I got involved in on SP was my class team. I do not mean involved as in leading but more as in reading people's blogs, commenting on them and joining in challenges that I felt would work for me. There was one challenge that motivated me more than all others and that was started by SEKSUNSHINE. It was called The Last One Out Wins challenge. I worked at it but not too hard. I could go at my own pace and I really enjoyed that. I lost weight week after week because I had to report whether I lost or remained the same.
BABSDOTTER, the leader of that team, sent out an email the other day because some of us expressed an interest in starting up the challenge again. She also asked for someone to monitor the challenge. Well , I can do that it isn't rocket science, so I volunteered. In the email she was also asking someone to volunteer for team leadership. I did not volunteer for that LMAO! I honestly don't think I would be a good leader. Anyway I went on the internet to research the qualities of a good leader and this is what I found:

The basis of good leadership is honorable character and selfless service to your organization. In your employees' eyes, your leadership is everything you do that effects the organization's objectives and their well-being. Respected leaders concentrate on what they are [be] (such as beliefs and character), what they know (such as job, tasks, and human nature), and what they do (such as implementing, motivating, and providing direction).

What makes a person want to follow a leader? People want to be guided by those they respect and who have a clear sense of direction. To gain respect, they must be ethical. A sense of direction is achieved by conveying a strong vision of the future.

In an effective leadership situation, the leader is a catalyst and servant whose leadership style is support, advocation, and empowerment. while in an ineffective leadership situation, the leader is a pushover, whose leadership style is abdication and fraud. Human Resource Leaders believe in people and communicate that belief; they are visible and accessible; they empower, increase participation, support, share information, and move decision making down into the organization.

Team Leader (high task, high relationship)
This type of person leads by positive example and endeavors to foster a team environment in which all team members can reach their highest potential, both as team members and as people. They encourage the team to reach team goals as effectively as possible, while also working tirelessly to strengthen the bonds among the various members. They normally form and lead some of the most productive teams.

*Above paragraphs are excerpts from

Good luck to all you SP TEAM LEADERS!
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • SUNSET24
    I tried to find the team called: The Last One Out Wins challenge.... but I couldnt find it :(
    3391 days ago
  • SUNSET24
    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW what an amazing blog!!!

    It was touching to the soul. I don't know how to explain it.
    It just was touching to the soul.

    emoticon Congradulations on volunteering to monitor the group.... I want to join this group. Is it still open to new members? Can you send me the link? :) smiles.

    YOU are sooooooooo amazingly wonderful that you would give of yourself in service to others... wow!

    I wanna be like you one day :)

    hugssssssssssss emoticon
    3391 days ago
    You will do a great job with it.
    3392 days ago
  • MINNA72
    Good for you! You'll be a good leader, I'm sure. I'll be taking part in the challenge again, when it starts up!
    3392 days ago
    To monitor that challenge is just a matter of time organization. My friend if you need help I am happy to offer my services. Glad some of the team want it back.
    3392 days ago
  • PRI6909
    Congrats on your new role. You'll do a great job and you should consider helping lead. It's rewarding and hopefully we do live up to the attributes you set forth. Cheers and emoticon
    3392 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by SALDABA6