How important is Leadership?
To get people to achieve a shared goal by means of team work is important. In a company if you appoint many great leaders but if they are not working co-operatively in a team it wouldn’t yield the desired outcome. Being a leader it is important that it can get everyone engaged towards working for the shared vision of the company. It can get people to contribute voluntarily and influence their thoughts and behaviours is such a way that coming to work is just isn’t something they do unwillingly. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, a large amount of people come to work just to satisfy their psychological needs, their security towards job and their social needs. So getting them involved into the vision of the company does really get difficult. It is vital to make them understand, what is in it for them, how they will benefit. It is crucial to make them realise that they would not be laid off. Most of the time it happens, that people are working for decades, doing the same job repeatedly, but has never contributed when it comes to using their brain. So they get use to working like that, and asking them to change their way even after making them aware of the material benefits they would receive doesn’t really help. At that point, it is important that a leader must motivate and inspire them constantly. From the session today, Leadership is the art of influencing other people’s thoughts and behaviours towards achieving the shared goal or vision. An effective leader is one who can achieve the intended goal. If a leader is effective basically depends on three things, the leader itself, the quality it possess, the group members, and the situation prevailing at that particular time interval. In an organisation it is important to generate leaders at all levels, for instance you need someone to talk to the bottom level, get to their level and make them understand the benefits in it for them. One thing, I learnt that interests me, is not to assume that if the person is not qualified, and not educated is not intelligent. By giving the right training the same can yield result that even qualified may not. One thing that need to change is, the idea that management should do everything, design all the processes, and just get the people doing it, considering them as dirt. When you can get even better results by engaging them, why not creating a system by making the most of them, but some organisations are so profit oriented that they don’t realise how important it is and how it can save millions. A leader get change started which of course involves risk but anything innovative or anything better can happen only if there is trying and error, experimenting and analysing involved.