All entries for Friday 18 March 2016
March 18, 2016
Being a leader or not, it is a question. To start with, we shall question ourself, why do we want to be a leader and what kind of leader we want to become. Bill George, the former Chairman and CEO of Medtronic proposed three questions to be considered which I found very powerful:
1Where do you find the passion to lead in the first place? Some people want to be leader to enjoy the feeling of in position and bully others but how far can they go down that way? Leadership is not about demonstrating power over people, it is an very old-fashion way of understanding. Leadership is about empowering other people to step up and lead. that's the only way to have great organizations. Leadership is about service, not only serving shareholder but stakeholders all around. organizaitions who dont get this point will eventually go out of business. It tool General Motors 50 years to go out of business because it doesnt know who they are serving. GM learned every detail of Toyota's operation but still can't get it right. Why? Toyota cares for their customers but GM cares for cutting cost. The core value determines business sustainability and who establish the core value? The leaders.
2 How are you going to develop yourself to be a leader? Leadership is a gift and also requires skills that need to be practiced everyday. It is not the thing you can master by learning from other people. you need to learn by actually doing it and learning from your own mistakes. Therefore, if you want to be a leader, you have to be prepared from now. Just like dissertation starting point is always the sooner the better and yesterday is the best. Expeirence is not enough if you are moving so fast without time to think and reflect and correct.
3 How are you gonna make a difference in the world? It is the most important, also the most challenging one. Think about what do you want to do to impact the world. To start with, you need to raise selfawareness and know yourself and let the management know who are you as a humanbeing but do not so eager to please or impress them. It is so much easier than done. We always talked about shared value, but what is your value that you want to share with the world and want others to work together with you to deliver the value. To make a difference requires continous set of actions and it may take decade, but never doubt that only small group of people could change the world.