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6 success factors for effective leadership

6 success factors for effective leadership

The key to effective leadership - how can successful leadership succeed? And which elementary aspects can successful leadership be traced back to? Which competencies promise effective success? Jörg Janßen has been dealing intensively with these questions for many years. As an experienced consultant, business coach and companion for executives, he has developed a systemic impact model for leadership & sales, which is based on 6 success factors.

The effectiveness of leadership depends on a functioning system. This system takes the manager into account in the overall context and relates to a number of environmental factors that provide a holistic view of the conditions for success for effective leadership. Influencing factors such as a goal-oriented strategy, the right qualifications and suitable processes contribute to how the consideration of the interaction with the system is controlled.

These framework conditions offer the opportunity for effective action and, conversely, for effective leadership. A systemic impact model is created that, if done correctly, promises an increase in the effectiveness of leadership.

The focus is on the manager himself 

Leadership means first and foremost self-management and requires first and foremost a solid knowledge of one's own abilities, skills, emotions and values. Only those who know themselves well and are aware of their own resources can lead themselves in a targeted manner and thus create the basis for the successful management of their employees. Our own values ​​and emotions shape our actions, which we should be aware of when we lead. The specialist knowledge of leadership per se complements these elements as well as the communication skills. Together, these elements determine how effective a leader can be as a person.

Leadership is systemic and there are a number of factors that, in addition to personal competence, also determine success:

Goals and measures need to be referred back to the strategy

Leadership is purposeful action on the fulfillment of the strategy and the goals and measures derived from it. In order to lead effectively, a logical and comprehensible derivation of the tasks, measures and goals from the strategy is required as an orientation and assessment standard. This creates traceability and important reference points for authentic leadership that can do without directives because it derives its legitimation and actions from the strategy.

The organization is tailored to the expected result

Have you ever thought about whether your organization is purpose-oriented or whether it has a life of its own? If results are achieved with considerable effort in leadership, then there is no focus on the results. Effective leadership focuses the process design and its scalability on the desired results. Processes, tools and systems are managed more effectively based on a specialized and purpose-oriented organization. This factor measures how effectively the organization is aligned to your goals and how structures and processes are coordinated with the expected result.

Management and control follow one line

Leadership creates the framework for the management and control of the system. The effective framework conditions are only given if the actions of the management are comprehensible and have been legitimized by the goals. Connections and context are recognizable through clear communication and requirements and scope for action are conveyed convincingly. Ensuring this is a central task of congruent management behavior that clearly and clearly assigns responsibilities. Referencing these requirements creates clarity and transparency for all those involved in the system. This management framework gives the employees an important basis for their actions, creates security and clear room for maneuver. Effective leadership focuses on uniform framework conditions, following a line, as the basis for success.

Optimal resources & skills

Only those who have the necessary skills and competencies can guarantee the basic requirements for effective leadership. The repertoire of skills and competencies is therefore clearly communicated and coordinated with suitable tasks, which ensures credibility and traceability. Thought in the same way, every task is assigned the knowledge necessary to generate the ability to act. Successful leadership therefore depends on the availability of resources. It requires disclosure of the requirements and room for maneuver in order to prove the necessary skills and competencies and optimal resources and skills.

Everything is related to everything

The dependence of the system on the environment is known and presented transparently. As a result, the environment is sufficiently illuminated, dependencies have been recognized and accepted and, as a result, the context and the environment are viewed as a unit. This ensures a coherent approach, which organizes a balance of interests and establishes systematic thinking and acting. This position of leadership makes it possible to act from the market perspective and to act effectively internally.

5 + 1 factors for more impact in leadership

With the dimensions described, a systemic impact model is created, on which leadership is oriented and generates a successful impact. Define strategy, goals and measures and communicate them in a way that is understandable for everyone. See the system as closed and dependent on your environment, which acts purposefully. Provide transparency by communicating skills and competencies, generating ability to act and thus controlling the system clearly and purposefully.