Leader as a Liaison

Leaderas a Liaison

Leaderas a Liaison

Inthe contemporary market, people establish relationships based onvirtually existing boundaries. These virtual boundaries become majorbarriers to effective collaboration as they divide people intosubgroups with shared characteristics and beliefs. In today’sworld, effective solutions can only be obtained by working togethercollaboratively. Thus the need for the leaders to span theboundaries.

Aboundary spanning leader should be able to create an inspiring adistinctive, realistic and compelling vision that people are able toassociate with. The vision should give clear roadmap to the expectedresults in future. Secondly, the leader should motivate and inspirepeople (Caroselli,2000).This involves linking the required performance expectations with theexpected rewards. In addition, ability to manage the delivery of thevision. Breaking down the vision to individual tasks and ensuringthat each individual performs the allocated tasks effectively(Howell,2006).Lastly, Coaching and team building strengths is equally important inachieving the Vision.

Thisleadership will require one to improve the communications skills tobe able to communicate the goals and objectives to the team members.One should be well connected internally and externally being able todiscern external and internal factors affecting the organisation(Howell,2006).A high degree of honesty and integrity will be required so as to earnthe team members trust. Ability to delegate tasks ensuring thatpeople are well trained handle the tasks before delegating andfinally, extra ordinary commitment to working across boundary.

Anorganization such as IBM and Microsoft companies deals withinformation technology and software development which are consumed byconsumers worldwide from different geographic and culturalorientation. Their products also are constantly affected by internaland external factors both opportunities and threats. Boundaryspanning leadership will go a long way to ensuring their success inthe industry.

In2010, Lloyd Austin and Ambassador Jeffrey were able to lead theOperation new Dawn in US by carrying out transition from militaryoperation to a diplomatic civilian role in Iraq. They had a fifteenmonths deadline to complete the hand-off. Therefore they workedtogether with a number of Americans, Iraq and regional players tocome up with a secure sovereign nation. The leaders were effective inthe transition. However, they should have adopted a more secure wayof communicating such as video conferencing instead of face to faceconversation. This would have also reduced the cost and time consumedwhile travelling.


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