The Leadership Bridge

 


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"Leadership should be born out of the understanding of the needs of those who would be affected by it. " - Marian Anderson

As a leader you will always be challenged with blending the wants of the organization and the wants of employees. Here is where the conflict lies; every organization has a fundamental desire to succeed and employees want to be successful in their work. Organizations use strategic plans, operational plans and human resources plans, however these planning tools hardly ever take into consideration the staff skill to carry out the organizational plans.

Here is where you come in you must become the bridge that spans the gap between the organization’s goals and visions with your individual role of leading your section and department. You must effectively lead even if you don’t have all the information needed to complete your tasks or if you don’t fully understand the directives of your managers.

So what do you do to ensure your assigned task is completed on time and within acceptable company standards? You start by remembering that people support best what they help to create.

That means having each member of your team understand the requirements of the assigned task, time line of completion, resources available, why this assignment is important to the company, why they have been selected to be part of the team and what their role will be on the team.

Leadership begins with a complete understanding of the task assigned. If you don’t have a complete understanding then your team members will not. It starts with you. Next you must assess the available human resources and select the best suited members to be on your team.

Kenneth E. Strong, Jr. , MS, is co-founder 0f http://www.greateststrategies.com a web based community devoted to educating, supporting and developing life-long learners.

Mr. Strong has been a Health Care executive for 30 years. Mr. Strong received a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from Providence College and a Master of Science in Health Care Administration from Salve Regina College He has had articles published by the American Geriatric Society and has spoken on a variety of topics for the American College of Health Care Administrators and the New England Not-for-Profit Providers Conferences. Mr. Strong has also served as Adjunct Professor at Stonehill College. He is also an evaluator for the Continuing Care Accreditation Commission and a certified Retirement Housing Professional. He is certified by Walden University as an online instructor and certified by Langevin Learning Services as an Instructional Designer/Developer and Master trainer. He is the author of http://www.greatnursinghomestrategies.com newsletter.

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