Shaping one's leader profile

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[Type text] Monica Rosales

Shaping one's leader profile

I. Characteristics of an effective supply chain leader

In today's fast-changing business world, leadership is increasingly seen as a key to improved performance, and it is needed at all levels of an organization.

According to James G. Clawson, leadership includes three fundamental clusters of skills and abilities: (1) creating vision, (2) garnering commitment to that vision, and (3) monitoring and managing progress toward the realization of that vision.

The vision has to do with the leader's clear image of what an organization should look like and do in the future, and this requires creativity, being able to think and see beyond the current timeframe and the obvious options.

The commitment is to be offered by followers so that the vision can be realized, therefore a leader most earn the trust from those who are critical to the success by making them feel supported because they know that they can rely on the leader.

The right measures, techniques and tools to get indicators yield the results of our progress toward the vision is what Clawson means by monitoring and managing, so there is focus on the details of the business and we can gauge compliance.

From these three clusters of abilities, we can infer that effective leaders show intelligence, good judgment, honesty and integrity, conviction, responsibility, stability, initiative, persistence, accountability, insight, maturity, dependability, optimism, enthusiasm, confidence, flexibility, vision, empathy, sincerity, charisma, patience, ambition, and trustworthiness. They also must posses an ability to build relationships, ability to manage business transformation, timeframe for change, negotiation skills, personality, confidence in others, courage, passion, education, discipline, computer skills, communication skills, research skills, curiosity, political understanding, motivational skills, plenty of drive, adaptability, advocacy, ethical and social responsibility, among others.

The five I consider the most important because will...