February 21, 2014

Of knowing when to step back

The treasure hunt exercise thought me something very important about leadership. The leader of the team I was in, stepped back in between the exercise and let others lead the team. This was possibly the most important learning I had from the exercise as I realised that a leader does not always have to ensure that he/she is seen at the forefront of activities a team is doing. It is perfectly fine to step back as long as an overall view of the performance of the team in reaching the objectives set for it, is kept. What this has done is introduce me to a style of leadership that I was not familiar with. A leader, does not literally have to 'lead' all the time in order to be effective. I believe identifying such situations and being decisive about where to step back and when to step in and direct the team is highly important. Kudos to Vincent for opening up this entire line of thought in my head!

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