Lesson 4º








Leadership in any job position

Hierarchy can give power, but moral authority is only achieved with leadership.

It is possible to have a boss and a leader in one group.

The boss is the one that holds a higher position within a company, whilst the leader is the person that enjoys moral authority over the rest of the group.

In this situation, the boss can give orders that will be observed and carried out for fear of possible disciplinary sanctions, whilst a leader will not give orders (he doesn’t have hierarchical authority) but his indications, opinions and thoughts will be accepted by the rest of the organization.

Therefore, it is necessary to point out that leadership is not a role only reserved for directors, but it is a role that anyone can carry out independent of the job they have.

The capacity of the leader to motivate the team, to reach objectives, to make decisions, to achieve results, to be the reference of the group, etc. can be carried out at every level of the organization.

Everybody should be able to practise their leadership within the competing area.

For example, in a company the MD can be a leader, but also the manager of a different department, a salesperson, an administrative, a mechanic, etc can also acts as a leader.

The MD will practise his leadership on the whole organization, whilst the head of a department will practise his leadership in his department, and the salesperson, administrative or mechanic will play this role amongst their colleagues.

An employee that has an intermediate or low position in a company doesn’t have to limit his performance to be a more mere conformist or follower, but within his environment he can adopt an attitude which is active, innovative, fighting, and worried for the good of the company and therefore he can motivate the rest of the team.

In short, a leader can exercise his leadership skills as if he was the boss of a company.

In fact, one of the responsibilities of the leader of a company is to promote the leadership spirit at all levels of the organization.

A leader that doesn’t manage to spread his enthusiasm, promote his values and his work ethics is a leader that in a certain way has failed.

Besides, the leader has the obligation to form new leaders amongst his colleagues with a view that one day they can substitute him.