7 Ways Leadership Matters in Your Organization

Leadership matters.

We hear this, or something like this, all the time. A simple search on Amazon reveals thousands of titles to choose from. Leadership conferences abound.

But why?

Why does leadership matter and how does it impact your organization in practical ways?

The short answer is this: leadership matters because it is the single element which will directly effect the level of success in every area of your organization (or department, team, etc. – whatever “group” you are leading).

This is why John Maxwell’s foundational statement is “Everything rises and falls on leadership.”

Plainly speaking, any area of your organizational will only rise (succeed) or fall (fail) to the level of leadership that it is given.

In other words, if leadership given to your operations is a 7/10, your operations can only rise to the level of 7/10. If leadership given to your company culture is a 6/10, your company culture can only rise to the level of 6/10.

So we can insert any particular area of your organization into Maxwell’s statement:

  • “Operations” rises and falls on leadership.
  • “Company culture” rises and falls on leadership.
  • “Team development” rises and falls on leadership.

Are there other factors at play in these areas that contribute to success or failure? Of course.

But leadership, in the long run, will have the deepest impact on raising or lowering the bar in every area of your organization.

That is why leadership matters so much. And this is why growing yourself as a leader, and developing leaders within your organization, should be of highest priority. It literally raises or lowers the level of success you can have. And it also is the single greatest factor in determining long-term success.

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7 Ways Leadership Matters in Your Organization

Using Maxwell’s assertion and principles he teaches in support of his assertion, here are 7 ways that leadership matters in practical ways to your organization.

1. Vision Casting

Effective leaders articulate a clear and compelling vision, which is essential for guiding an organization’s direction. As Maxwell often states, “A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position.” This vision provides a roadmap for the organization and motivates employees to work towards common goals. For example, Steve Jobs’ vision for Apple transformed the tech industry and led to groundbreaking innovations.

2. Inspiring Trust and Confidence

Leadership is pivotal in building trust and confidence among team members. Maxwell asserts, “People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” A leader who is trusted can unite a team and foster a sense of security, encouraging employees to take risks and innovate.

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3. Nurturing Talent and Fostering Growth

A key aspect of leadership is the ability to recognize and nurture talent. Leaders play a critical role in employee development, helping individuals reach their full potential. As Maxwell notes, “Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.”

4. Driving Change and Innovation

In a rapidly evolving organizational landscape, leaders are the catalysts for change and innovation. They challenge the status quo and encourage creative problem-solving. Maxwell’s principle that “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional” highlights the leader’s role in guiding organizations through transitions and embracing new opportunities.

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5. Creating a Positive Organizational Culture

Leaders significantly influence the culture of an organization. They set the tone for the work environment, influencing values, ethics, and behaviors. Maxwell emphasizes that “A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

6. Enhancing Communication and Collaboration

Effective leadership facilitates open communication and collaboration within an organization. Maxwell states, “Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team.” Leaders who encourage dialogue and teamwork create a more cohesive and productive work environment.

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7. Ensuring Long-Term Sustainability and Success

Finally, leadership is crucial for the long-term sustainability and success of an organization. Leaders not only focus on immediate achievements but also plan and strategize for the future. Maxwell’s idea that “A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see, and who sees before others see” encapsulates the leader’s role in securing the organization’s future.

In conclusion, leadership is indispensable in any organization. It is the driving force behind vision casting, trust-building, talent development, innovation, cultural shaping, effective communication, and long-term success. Drawing from John C. Maxwell’s principles, it’s clear that leadership is not just about managing people; it’s about inspiring and empowering them to achieve greatness.

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Greg Baird
Greg Baird

Greg J Baird is a strategic leader with 25+ years experience developing, implementing and communicating domestic and international initiatives in the church, non-profit, enterprise non-profit and business sectors. He is a John C Maxwell Certified Leadership Coach, Speaker & Trainer, and a DISC Certified Trainer & Consultant.

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