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Leadership qualities in trade unionism

By Mauku Moses.

Uganda Hotels, Tourism and Super Markets General Secretary Mr Moses Mauku presented to Organisation of Trade Unions (NOTU) leadership workshop May 18 – 20, 2022 at Maria Flo, Masaka as below:.

Leadership skills are the strengths and abilities individuals demonstrate that help the oversee processes, guide initiatives and steer their employees toward the achievement of goals.

The Leadership skills can be practiced at any level regardless of the title one has and they are important skills because a good leader must be able to bring out the best abilities in his or her team members and motivate them to work together in achieving a shared goal.

National executive committee

Subject to this Section, all officers of  a registered organization other than the Secretary General and treasurer, shall be persons who have been and still are engaged or employed in an industry or occupation with which the registered organization is directly concerned

This means that the Chairman must be a working person in a branch and not a permanent employee of the union but remains the ceremonial head of the union

What is leadership

Leadership is setting a new direction or vision for a group to follow and it It refers to the science of leading a group of people or an organization i.e. a leader spearheads that new direction, Leaders inspire, motivate and lead people.

What is management

Management is the administration of an organization, whether it is a business, a non-profit organization, or a government body. It is the art and science of managing resources of the business.

Management is controlling or directing people and other resources in a group according to principles or values that have already been established. Managers  plan, organize, coordinate and manage tasks.

What is the Difference?. The manager administers; the leader innovates.

The manager is a copy; the leader is an original. The manager maintains; the leader develops. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people. The manager relies on control; the leader inspires trust. The manager has a short-range view; the leader has a long-range perspective.

What is the Difference?

The manager asks how and when; the leader asks what and why. The manager has his or her eye always on the bottom line; the leader’s eye is on the horizon.

The manager imitates; the leader originates. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader challenges it.  The manager is the classic good soldier; the leader is his or her own person. The manager does things right; the leader does the right thing.

Attributes of a good leader

There are (leadership) qualities that are required to make a good leader. These qualities vary between organisations or teams. The qualities of a leader depend upon the environment or situation or circumstance. No single person can have all (positive or negative) qualities of leadership.

Individuals usually have combinations of positive qualities  that include honesty, confidence, knowledge, intelligence, capability, listening skills, advise seeker, fairness, visionary, respect and willingly.

Negative attributes include dishonesty, selfishness, ignorance, rudeness, rules driven, aggression , dogmatic, indecisiveness, bossy, lying, stupidity, bullying, unwillingness and controlling ■

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