Believe it or not psychology plays a very important key role when dealing with leadership. The way we think and act can effect our abilities in being an effective leader.
Most of the time, the best leaders have a very good grasp on psychology. There are many psychological theories that coincide with leadership as well. A good site to learn about these theories is Leadership Theories in Psychology by Brittany Olivarez on Helping Psychology.
This article is also great in finding out what key features you need to posses to become a good potential leader. They also go through and depict some key features that you might want to develop as you walk down the leadership road. They provide you with answers on why psychology is so important when becoming an effective leader. Learning what makes people function and how to use their psychological make up to your advantage. I often go through and judge people based on a few factors. What kind of work experience have they done in their background? What is their speaking style & how good of a communicator are they? What kind of degree do they posses? How do they interact with a team and how successful was that team? What kind of ethics do they have? Do they show passion when talking about a future goal? What kind of personality do they have? These all should be taken in to consideration when determining where to put a leader and what to put them in charge of.
The most important theory in the article is relationship theory. Too often, people get mixed messages about what to think about their boss. A good way to be an effective leader is to use relationship theory to help understand what your followers think about you. Break down those communication barriers and try to get a sense of understanding for what your group is going through. Try to imagine what it is like to walk in the shoes of your group members. Make sure you convey to your group that you have the best intentions and that you care about them. A group is often very motivational and driven when they have passion about what they are doing.
A good example is when I did the Ride for Roswell in 2011. I was able to raise a good amount of money and I wanted to help out because cancer is a serious illness. We all know someone whose life has been effected by it. I had passion about raising money and being able to ride my bike 21 miles. It gives you a feeling of self worth. If your group has a feeling of self worth they will be able to become very effective and efficient. So in a nutshell the people who were in charge of the Ride for Roswell were passionate about raising money so they could help find a cure. Since I saw that there motives were in the right place then it inspired me to work harder to raise as much money as possible. Relationship theory proves that if a leader is passionate and that there motives are in the right place then the followers will be equally as passionate.