What makes for an effective leader and how can you improve your leadership skills? Well, who’s the best role model for a leader? How about a chicken? In this episode of The Psych Files we examine Chicken Run to see how she embodies the best qualities of a leader. I know – sounds a little weird, but I guarantee you’ll come away with a better understanding of leadership and some of the top leadership theories.
Characteristics of Effective Leaders
- Provides followers with a compelling vision for the future
- Has Specific ideas and plans on how to reach that future
- Provides followers with challenging goals (and feedback related to those goals) to help them reach the vision (Path/Goal leadership theory)
- Emotional Stability
- Persistence in the face of setbacks (a positive attributional style)
- Willingness to take personal risks to get to obtain the vision
- Can share power and credit with subordinates/followers
- Knows his/her people well enough to delegate tasks according to follower’s talents, skills and desires
- Tough but fair
- Works alongside his/her subordinates to reach the goal
Resources on Leadership
- Bennis, W.G. (1993). An invented life: Reflections on leadership and change. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley
- Hogan, R, Curphy, G. J. & Hogan, J. (1994). What we know about leadership: Effectiveness and personality. American Psychologist, 49(6), 493-504.