The “Ten Commandments” of good Executive Leadership
Leadership, being an essential part of any organization, should conform to the following commandments; firstly, ‘thou shalt create a vision for the future’ (Forman and Harvey 9). An effective leader should be able to harmonize the goals of an organization to fall in line with the values and beliefs of the community within which the community is situated. Mission statements, procedures, management structures, and organizational policies should be directed at achieving set goals involving both the organization and the community (Peak 6). The organization should encourage the youth to be part of their future dreams of wholesome communities. This commandment complements the visionary leadership styles.
The second commandment states that, ‘thou shalt develop strategic plan’ (Forman and Harvey 11). A leader encourages both citizens and organizational members’ participation in an attempt to construct a collaborative plan that produces goals that are; specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time sensitive (SMART). The tailor-made strategies should be accustomed to meet various organizational roles and duties to its members, the shareholders, and the community (Peak 17). The set strategies should be supported with the relevant infrastructural resources and workforce.
The third commandment implores that, ‘thou shall build a sustainable economy for the next generation’ (Forman and Harvey 13). Good and effective leadership should pillar sustainable and progressive leadership across generations. An excellent leader should be mindful of the sustainability of the leadership structure during managerial transitions to ensure that the business operations are not affected in the process (Peak 27). A leader should ensure that his leadership style is ‘future proof’ and well informed to handle possible situations that may arise in the future. Promoting leadership programs in schools and organizations ensures sustainable leadership qualities in visionary leaders (Forman and Harvey 13).
The fourth commandment asserts that, ‘thou shalt seek public/ private partnerships’ (Forman and Harvey 15). An effective leader should ensure that the people he or she leads work within set rules and regulations of the group that they associate with in their activities and operations. The leader should focus on shared goals, visions, interests, and goals to ensure harmonious co-existence and collaboration with their partners (Forman and Harvey 15).
The fifth commandment is; ‘thou shalt invest in education and training’ (Forman and Harvey 17). Affiliative leadership style that requires a leader to familiarize himself with the team members’ skills, potential and qualities in order to appropriately delegate duties to bring out the best in them when working towards achieving a common goal.
The sixth commandment states that, ‘thou shalt promote respect’ (Forman and Harvey 19). This commandment projects the importance of leaders democratically acknowledge ideas and contributions without compromise. Respect amongst members of a team motivates them to work harder and more effectively (Peak 34).
The seventh commandment asserts that, ‘thou shalt demonstrate a high standard of ethical behavior’ (Forman and Harvey 21). Effective leadership skills should set and maintain high ethical standards for all colleagues and staff and decisions should be made with regard to what is best and ethically appropriate for the majority.
According to Forman and Harvey (23), the eight commandment states that, ‘thou shalt value history, art, and culture’. It is an essential aspect that is instrumental in effective leadership. The past and present situations of a leader, the society, and organization help a leader to discover opportunities, strengths, and potential to use in strategically planning for the future. It is reflective of a coaching leadership style.
The ninth commandment is; ‘thou shalt prepare for a global environment’ (Forman and Harvey 25). Effective leadership should promote global dynamics and diversity in striving to meet common goals set by an organization or a group with the ultimate goal of operating within the global heights of developments.
Lastly, the tenth commandment states, ‘thou shalt develop future leaders’ (Forman and Harvey 27). An effective leader should consider diversity when recruiting new leaders after thoroughly evaluating their potential to lead against the goals, values, and aims of the group.
Forman, Maury, and Michelle Harvey. The Ten Commandments of Community Leadership. Olympia: Association of Washington Cities Inc., 2007. Print.
Peak, Kenneth. Justice Administration. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Higher Education, 2010. Print.