February 11, 2014

Leadership Experiment

Writing about web page #LeadershipandExcellence #Leeader #MBE #LE

The obsession on the idea of understanding the perfect recipe to create an effective leader is a myth. This is somehing I have known for a while and was reaffirmed at the beginning of this module. With the criteria for an effective leader being so subjective, it is unlikely that one perfect "combination" of skill and traits will mystically create the right conditions and sculpt the perfect leader. Another thing I learned, which was more revelating to me, was that treating and interacting people with different people in the same way is not will not yield the same responses.

I think the key to becoming an effective leader lies here. Yes, it is useful to have characteristics such as being able to motivate, engage, teach people, understand emotions, relating, etc. to be an efficient leader. But it is about analyzing what kind of interactions you have with people that will incite them to do what you intend them to do. At this point, I am starting to think of achieving leadership by experimenting and testing different ways of interacting with different kinds of people to find the appropriate type of interaction. This is a slippery slope because one might start to represent themself falsely to achieve a desired response from whoever they are interacting with. This may be the approach some politicians take to manipulate people in their respective regions. However it is important that a leader be able to channel their genuine intentions and temperament while tailoring their interaction to incite action. I believe this is key for a leader and leadership and I will try to implement this idea in my own life.

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