Effective Leaders Draw on Facilitation Skills
Some people seem to
have a natural ability to motivate others to do their best and achieve
their goals. We often see these individuals as "born" leaders. For the
rest of us, this motivational aspect of leadership can present a tremendous
challenge. Fortunately, there are skills we can develop to foster growth
in others and make our leadership style much more effective.
Successful leaders are able marshal the talents, abilities, energy and performance of others to toward a goal. These personal interactions give leaders countless opportunities to motivate and, more practically, to facilitate.
On the face of it,
leaders and facilitators seem to be two different animals. We think of
a leader as someone with a strong presence, a person who attracts attention
and even admiration. A facilitator, on the other hand, has a much lower
profile as the person who creates opportunities for others to learn, contribute,
or perform. In fact, a leader benefits from having both dimensions, the
ability to stand out from the crowd and the ability to help other performers
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