March 09, 2010

Leadership Development

I read a book about Leadership, where the author proposed that there should be a leadership development program for those who want to be an effective leader.

In the book which states, "A useful starting point in leadership development is to understand what stops people – managers – from becoming effective leaders." 

This gave me a lot to think about. It didn't use the expression of that "understand what MOTIVATES people......leaders."; instead using "what STOPS people". Sometimes in life we hardly recognise that how lucky or how wellbeing we are. We have comfortable life and we don't see the obstacles or difficulties in front of us. Or sometimes we think that won't hurt so we easily ignore the problems so that we can escape from what we don't want to know or learn. In the Art of the War, Suen-Zi said "We must understand our enemies." To me, being a leaders not only need to know who our enemies are, what we are fighting for, but most crucially - "What/Who we are to be able to Lead."

We won't lead well if we don't understand ourselves or what we want. We won't lead effectively if we don't believe in ourselves. Challenges are everywhere, everyday. We must continue leading ourselves forward so that we can show others the right way to follow.

Therefore, I learned that as a Leader, must be always self-motivated. (psychologically, emotionally, behaviourally). Because Leaders a lot of times may feel lonely coz the people around them are followers. Sometimes the environment or the people around may not be inspiring or encouraging to the leaders, but leaders need to find a way out. Always understand the importance of self-learning, and a sense of determination. When the people around you feel depressed, as a leader you can't! When the people around you want to quit, as a leader you must fight until your last breathe is taken away! As a leader, we must be professionally and emotionally intelligent and STRONG. Then we will be able to walk towards the door of success.

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