Evolving Leadership for success
Talking about leaders, gives an abstract image of a person who would stand with you and for you with vision and empathy. So what is leadership? Set of few qualities which ultimately inspires and motivates many. So is it possessed by all? And is everyone a good leader?
But what if leadership fails?
Ironically, the more this quality is required, the lesser we are able to witness such qualities in people around. In today’s arena, people worldwide are witnessing more failures in leadership than ever before. Is it because the purpose based organizations these days, tend to attract and hire passionate and self driven person who subsequently gets promoted to leadership roles, no matter what leadership qualities are possessed. The individual may be a great contributor but may not end up being a good leader. As a result the individual may sink and swim along his various roles and responsibilities, his individual passions and aspirations. The result would be even more disastrous when he would lose all his motivation due to lack of performance as an individual or at the team level. And so it becomes intensely important to distinguish the skills of a contributor and a leader. The qualities like passion, competitiveness, self dependence commonly known as “I” syndrome which otherwise are very important for an individual performance are least likely to support as a leader.
Probable reasons of failure?
With the dynamicity of world, today’s organizations have well realized the changes in customers demand, demand and supply conditions, processes and many more and as a result has brought about various changes in its working style. And in this pursuit they have even given various opportunities to employees in terms of opportunities to upgrade knowledge, opportunities to showcase their skills, opportunities to compete and opportunities to excel. But in this race of excellence the organizations probably have missed the human perspective and have forgotten to give the employees the opportunity to be human and to act and behave like human, to empathize with human and to be rewarded for retaining the human skills. In the new millennium the employee does not get motivated by the old school thoughts of motivation. They are no longer working for bread and should thus not be motivated by carrot and stick. And so the role of a leader in such a situation becomes of a person who can allow people to do not so good along with good, to fail along with win, to ask and question along with follow and obey. And if a leader fails in doing so then as said by Theodore Roosevelt “Employees don’t leave organizations, they leave their leaders”.