March 21, 2011

The first hand case study of Leadership:

I must admit, after the LE module, I think in any group I am going to be, I am going to look at it from the Leadership point of view. When there is no leader, I think ‘there should have been one’ and when there is one, thinking that what could be the areas of improvement..

Anyhow, from the RDM module, besides the lessons learned about decision making, an important lesson was learned about leadership. Being a part of the team of a majority of strong personalities, was indeed a great learning experience in itself. It is appreciable how ideas cross and add value to the thought process and give a new outlook.

On the other hand, in such a group there is a lot of critique and this is where I realized was a need of leadership more than anything else. Or rather, maybe there was a need of some ‘positional power’ to intervene and conclude or divide the work in such a way that it does not affect the holism or the integrated nature of the result.

We did divide work, but what this caused was everyone indulging in doing their own part, with little view of the problem as a whole, thus the result was a set of results isolated from each other, put together in the end.

In short, what I’ve learnt in business excellence until now is always, in Excellent organizations, 1+1=3. But in our case here, it was just 1+1=2. In my belief that extra bit which should have been in an output from a group of stars, was missing because there was a need of a binding force of leadership. So I am taking this lesson as a case study of ‘absence of leadership’, which I believe works for me..

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