The Role of a Leader

Five Fundamental Roles for Every Leader in Every Organization


Are leaders born or are leaders made?

The answer is “yes.” True leaders are born with the ability to influence the behavior of others. But, there are certain leadership skills that must also be developed. This is after all the primary purpose of our military academies. Whether in Annapolis, West Point, Colorado Springs or New London Connecticut – young men and women who have displayed leadership ability are then taught the leadership skills that will enable them to succeed in their respective branch of service.

Leadership development cannot be left to chance

Both the public and private sectors of the economy seemed to have lost the vision for the need to develop the leadership skills of their managers and/or key employees. The reality is the development of both management and leadership skills cannot be left to chance. Raw talent must be developed.

The Roles/Responsibilities of the Leader

In this presentation/session attendees are introduced to five fundamental roles and responsibilities of every leader in any organization. These roles are not all inclusive but they do represent foundational skills for sound leadership – for any organization. Those skills (in no particular order) are:

Effective Communicator

It has been said that communication is the essential skill for being an effective leader. Every leader must learn to be an effective communicator – which means sharing information in such a way that the message is understood in its context.

Strategic Thinker

The ability to develop effective plans in line with an organization’s objectives. Strategic thinking is also needed for policy development and review – long-term planning – goal setting and risk management.

Decision Maker

Developing a consistent approach to the analysis of information is imperative to effective decision-making. In making important decisions and prior to implementation, the leader must consider the impact of such choices on all stakeholders

Team Builder

It was recently reported that team building might be the most important management skill in the marketplace today. Why? Because the majority of the men and women in the workplace today were raised and educated with a mindset of being the member of a team. Team building in the workplace, enables better communication, strengthens relationships and increases productivity.


Delegation is an often overlooked and undervalued tool that leaders can use to deal with an ever‐increasing list of responsibilities. The ability to wisely and effectively delegate is critical for being an effective leader. Delegating increases morale, builds confidence and increases the performance capacity of any organization.

Tangible Outcomes

  • Understand What it Means to be an “Effective Leader”
  • Identify the 5 Keys for Thinking Strategically
  • Learn the 3 Decision Making Models Every Leader Should Know and Use
  • Learn how to Build an Effective Team – the 10 “Cs” of Team Building
  • Understand the Benefits of Delegation for the Leader and Team Members