Leaders must be effective. Being effective is the ability to do the right thing at all times, no matter the cost. Leaders cease to be what they represent when they can no longer do the right thing. They lose their influence, impact, honour, trust and respect required to fulfill their assignment.
No doubt, there will always be a demand for effective leaders. Every family, organization, corporation, nation and society needs a leader that can sacrifice everything – even his own life just to do the right thing in any situation. But there’s more to being an effective leader. Great leaders are not only effective, they are affective.
Affective leadership is simply the ability to develop qualities that makes followers get personally convinced in following a leader. When leaders achieve leadership effectiveness, they have done the right thing – and deserve applause.
But when they move to affective leadership, they have not only done the right thing expected from a leader, they have succeeded in making effectiveness to transform those who follow their leadership.
Leadership becomes affective when followers willingly commit to follow their leader because his leadership has positively touched the core of their being.
How to Move from Effective to Affective Leadership
1. Doing the Right Thing to Raising Right People
Effective leadership can make people to do the right thing. But affective leadership moves people from doing what is right to becoming the right people. A leader is highly successful when doing the right flows in free course out of the core beings of the followers.
2. Knowing to Understanding
Effective leadership help followers to know what they ought to know that will help them. But affective leadership moves further to help them to know the reasons for what they need to know to help them. This is called understanding. Although, knowledge is good, but it is limited when people don’t know what to do with knowledge. That’s why knowing what to do with what you already know is understanding and doing it right is wisdom.
3. Taught to Caught
Leadership effectiveness can be taught. But affective leadership can only be caught. Remember: what followers caught from a leader is always stronger that what they were taught.
4. Belief in People to People having Belief in Themselves
Effective leadership has belief in people. But affective leadership make people to have belief in themselves. This is what John Maxwell calls “The ultimate transfer of a leader – when leaders take the belief that they have for their people and pass it on until the people own it.”
“Outstanding leaders go out of the way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.”
– Sam Walton
5. Setting Up Self for Success to Setting Up People for Success
Effective leadership set up itself for success. Doing the right thing over time leads to success. But affective leadership moves from leader seeking success for himself to seeking success for the followers. When leaders set up their people for success, they affect them positively and convince them to have faith and confidence in their potentials.
I personally believe every leader should move from effective to affective leadership. This is what Jesus, the greatest Leader ever represents – Affective Leader. He was more than an effective leader to His disciples…They were strongly and positively affected by His own way of leading. I also want to be a leader like Him. I don’t just want to be an effective…but affective leader. What do you think?
As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.