February 09, 2012

'Embracing' the emerging leaders…

Today while doing one of the excercises, a really important question came up from one of my friends Jonathan as to how should a leader reach and do when he sees that there is an emerging leader in the team he is leading and is really doing a good job and has certain innovative and constructive ideas. What the leader may be enticed to do is to suppress this person who is emerging as the leader as it can take away the limelight away from him or he may fear that this emerging leader may take his poistion.

But the question over here the leader should ask himself is whether it is the best available option for him. Is it the right decision? Well, it is not. Not only that it is bad for the organization, if we see it from the point of view of a business, as it can lead to failure of realizing some potential breakthrough opportunities, it is bad for himself too. Believe it or not, it is the truth; suppressing the emerging leader is bad for the leader himself. I say that because he doesn't realize a simple fact that a leader himself cannot be an expert in each field. Leader has to understand that there may be smarter people than him around and if he gives them a chance and allow them to come up with their ideas, it will just improve the organization's productivity. It has great benefits for the organization. It may lead to that person take up the leader's job but the important thing is not on his expense. The leader here is likely to get promoted to a higher poistion as it was the leader who created such a ennvironment where everyone could be creative and come up with ideas. It was the leader who provided this platform. So the organization would surely recognize his skills and promote him to a higher post. It is important for the leader to understand that it is a part of his leadership characterstics to grow new leaders, to provide a platform for emerging minds/vision and make new leaders. An organization will definitely realize the worth of this leader for the company. So, he needs to stop worrying about suppressing emergin laders and ''embrace'' them. It is indeed a blessing rather than a curse to have emerging laders in your team. It just adds so much value to the aim you are working for and makes your team more efficient. Supporting them and giving them the opportunity is what leaders should do as the benefits are there for the organizaion, leader, his team and the emerging leader to realize. It is in fact an ideal situation which is a 'plus-plus' for everyone.

It is important for the leaders or in this case managers to realize this as what I have seen is managers generally try to get rid of such members. The managers all around the world should start thinking and realize this that this is in fact a great opportunity for them. The organizations all over the world have just lost on so many opportunites in this regard and the sad thing about this is it is still very much prevelant in the organizations. It has kind of become a part of the system. What is required to hange this thinking is really a bit of common sense. I have already identified so many reasons as to why the leaders should grow more leaders or embrace emebrging leaders and we have not yet gone to the ethical part of it as yet. Phew!

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