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January 31, 2012

Creating Excellent Leaders

Today, marked the start of the Leadership and Excellence module which I was personally really looking forward to attend. The class excercise really made it pretty evident as to why leadership is indeed a very difficult field to teach anyone. You cannot make leaders by asking them to read some theories on it and just abide by certain 'rules' in certain situations. Leadership is something that you get when you are actually asked to come into a situation where you have to lead a certain group of people. The class excercise resulted in all of us coming to a conclusion different from each other. This really made me wonder how different are the psycologies of people in comparison to each other. And if people are so different from each other, it is just not possible to treat each and everyone alike. Different set of values and beliefs exist for each of us and the job of the leader is to identify the unique personality of each individual and how to motivate him and get to align his vision with the one of himself. As Paul puts it, it is very important to know just the right buttons for each individual in order to get his focus and motivation up and make him see the vision the leader himself has in mind.

It was a very big lesson for me as I aspire to be a manager in a business in India after the completion of this course and the fact that you need to treat and deal with everyone on an individual basis is a very important. Every employee will perceive you in a different manner and to come with the terms of them is the real challenge. It would be upto me to identify different personalities and motivate them to achieve the goal I will have for the organization. As a leader, it becomes very important for you to make sure that everyone is on the same thinking lines and is working towards the same common goal. Also, it gives me an insight in to the fact that if I say someting or any of my actions may have different impacts on people and it is not really the inability of the employee to understand me in the way I want them to, it is just the fact that each of us is different and it should be in my capacity to make sure that I get my point across to each of them.

In addition today's class brought out a very important point that a person aspiring to be a leader or wanting others to see him as a leader, should have a leader like ''appereance'' as well. Even though it may not be a very important characteristic, nevertheless, it makes it easier fo you to convince people about your leadership capabilities and potrays an image in other's mind which makes them take you seriously.

Lastly, a very important lesson learned was to understand the impacts a person have when he uses his positional power as a leader and when he uses his personal power. Using the positional power cannot motivate the employee to gives his all for the vision/goal, the employee just tries and do enough so as he is not picked upon by his leader. However, a personal or a born leader can really motivate an employee to give his all for the organizaion and makes him feel important which makes the employee give more than the 100%. This is very important for me as it allows me to focus on the personal level leadership from now only as this is the real deal which really motivates people. Anyone can develop positional leadership skills if he is at a good post, however developing personal level leadership is very essential as this is the thing that ties your emplyees with you in a trustworthy relation and gives them the incentive and motivation to give all of his knowledge and skills to the organization.

The first day itself brought out so many lessons that it has really inspired me to give my full attention to the module. But more than the lessons, it has raised so many questions in my mind like can someone develop leadership skills? Am I a good leader? To what extent is gaining experience important before becoming a leader in a partical field? What is a leader? What are the charcteristics of a good leader and many more. I hope to get some kind of an answer to them till the end of module as I am sure there is no definite answer to any of these.

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