Leadership as a Vocation
Leadership as a vocation means being in charge and guiding other individuals rather than considering leadership as an opportunity to show power or authority (Northouse, 2016). This is where individuals are in need to serve others throughout their lives. Good leadership is not about giving orders for others to follow but being a good example for other team members to follow (Northouse, 2016). Vocation leadership can also be compared to servant leadership, which involves guiding and serving with other team members which leads to empowering all team members who in result improve their performance in the group setting (Northouse, 2016).
My understanding on the personal and moral commitments required of leaders is that it is the responsibility of the leaders to give all team members an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the team (Northouse, 2016). This is because different members have different skills and if all members have a suitable environment to display their skills, the team will achieve the set goals (Northouse, 2016). Leaders have other responsibilities besides providing guidance to the team. These responsibilities are aimed at building strong and effective teams since if a leader fails in his/her responsibilities, the whole team also fails (Northouse, 2016). One of the responsibilities of leaders is building trust between the team members, which is important for strong relationships between the team members, which is necessary for the team’s cooperation (Northouse, 2016).
Leaders have also a responsibility towards their followers, which include provision of sufficient resources to the members, which will enable every member to perform his/her responsibilities accordingly and provide guidance to the members when in need (Northouse, 2016). A leader’s responsibility towards the organization as a calling can include representing the good will of the organization and helping the organization in achieving the set goals (Northouse, 2016). A leader can achieve this by performing his/her duties and ensuring that the organization achieves its set goals without much consideration of financial benefits (Northouse, 2016).
Northouse, P. G. (2016). Leadership: Theory and practice. Los Angeles: Sage.