February 25, 2014

Failing as a Leader

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Failure in leadership seems to be a subjective concept. Discussing how a leader fails was unconclusive in class. This is because people believe that a leader can fail at achieving a task yet succeed in influencing, leading and changing the minds of his followers.

In a case like this failure in leadership is only dependent on how you define leadership. If your definition of leadership consists of achieving an objecive or a goal only, and disregarding the way the leader achieves this, then it is a failure when the goal is not reached. And if you define leadership as more than just readching the goal, then not reaching a goal is not necessarily a failure. In my opinion, it is important for a leader to influence and guide the ideas of his followers towards a goal. If the goal isn't achieved then the leader, in that leadership scenario, has failed. However it still does not mean that the leader has not accomplished something great. He could have impacted his followers on many different levels in a positive way. However the fact still remains; regardless of all the influence, inspiration and confidence the leader exuded, if he does not achieve the commpn goal, then he has failed in that scenario. There is nothing wrong with failure. It is an opportunity to grow and improve. But it is also important to not solely focus on results or be results oriented when leading. I think the key skill is being able fo find the delicate balance between results and the interaction between followers. This is what I will aspire to be an effective leader.

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