Leadership entails the effective ability to create an inspiringvision, to motivate, inspire and manage the delivery of the vision bybuilding and coaching a team that can effectively achieve the vision.In generality, leadership is an art involving leading others todeliberately achieve a result or vision that would not have beenpossible otherwise.
Servant leadership a term renown from Robert Greenleaf’s classicessay ‘The servant as Leader’ describes a form of leadershipwhere a leader has an inner desire to serve first. Servant leadershipmeans that a leader gives a higher priority to the issues of thosearound him or her. A servant leader has various qualities thatinclude encouraging others, developing a culture of trust, respectingdiverse opinions, developing other leaders and assisting others withtheir life issues.
Leadership and management rely on each other even though there aremajor differences between the two. The main difference between thetwo is that a leader inspires people to follow them while managersensure that people work for them (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). Aleader develops while a manager maintains. A leader focuses on thepeople while a manager’s focus is on structures and systems.
Some people believe that they are born leaders. However, greatleaders are made through various aspects they acquire including beingtrue, acting with authenticity, respecting the whole person, beinginnovative, knowing ones visions and values and constantlyexperimenting and learning among others.
Occupational therapists have various leadership tasks that includeinformation management, people management, operational management,project management and personnel management. These tasks are allaimed at improving the quality of offered care while still ensuringeffectiveness of the profession’s individuals and the organizationsthey work in (Kouzes & Posner, 2012). The profession needs moreleaders, as leaders are change agents that will influence improvementand effectiveness of systems and the entire practice creating a morepowerful profession.
There is an urgent need to support effective leadership skillsthrough educational programs. There is a need for stronger collegialand faculty relationships that will assist in the mentoring anddevelopment of proficient leaders and avoid second-guessing byencouraging healthy consultations.
Kouzes, J. M., &Posner, B. Z. (2012). The leadership challenge: How to makeextraordinary things happen in organizations. San Francisco, CA:Jossey-Bass.