Leadership 101

Dear Valued Customers

Almost everybody knows that leadership is more important than management yet all our college degrees concentrate on the latter than the former. We cannot find an MBA in leadership yet we know quite well how vital it is, if there is no right direction in any organisation. Perhaps leadership is so broad and encompasses several themes and subjects including the transformation of attitudes of people to be able to tackle the challenges of professional life and face those complexities of modern day organisations. In fact, identifying individuals with the right stuff to be leaders is more art than science. Peak performers possess a critical mass of technical skills as well as emotional intelligence.

In simple terms, a leader is an individual in a group who has the task of directing, coordinating and controlling task relevant activities. He occupies a dominant position and must be able to persuade people to follow or cooperate to achieve a specific mission or higher purpose. He must be able to motivate his members to perform particular tasks to their best of their abilities. Leadership, therefore, is the ability to persuade members of a group/organisation to contribute effectively and efficiently towards defining objectives.

However, it is imperative to at least reflect on what great leaders have said to be able to capture its deeper awareness and understanding before executing its road map in organisations which are struggling to survive in this complex, volatile and changing new world. Among my greatest seven, we have:
“Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” – Warren G. Bennis

“A leader’s job is to look into the future and see the organisation not as it is but as it should be.” – Jack Welch

“To lead the people, walk behind them.” – Lao Tzu

“Though leadership may be hard to define, the one characteristic common to all leaders is the ability to make things happen.” – Ted W. Engstrom

“One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.” – Arnold H. Glasgow

“Leadership is an adventure of consciousness. A leader’s journey of excellence begins with the awareness of excellence all around him.” – D. Chatterjee.

See you soon.

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