I recently read a friend's blog who wrote about what comes first amoung a list of things that included leadership, asset management etc to name a few, when starting up our own business. Undoubtely leadership is the most important thing to drive the whole organisation to give its memebers/followers a direction of what to do. So in essence a leader is one person who controls the fate of the company and its people, like a master puppetier!
Thinking about it that way made me realise that having a leader or following a leader is not as simple as it sounds. Who choses this leader? Yes I know leaders can exert positional power or have a strong follwership because of their charismatic personality. But is it enough? Is it enough for a person to have just these or similar attributes to lead other peoples lives as well? Where do these leaders come from? Are there any certified leaders than we can trust our futures with? The future of companies, of our countries with!
Now when we get sick, we just don’t go to any random person with a little bit of knowledge on medicines, we seek to go to a specialised doctor who have studied, qualified, holds a degree and acertification on what he knows. Thus that builds our trust that our life is in safe hands. If we are so concerened about chosing a doctor that way then why should it be any different for leaders? So then if doctors go to medical school for X number of years and then followed by house job practice and only then they are allowed to practice on people and their lives. Then my point is where are such leadership schools? Because clearly a leader is as important a person as a doctor or even more since he is playing with numerous lives and their future simoutaneously. Thenw hy don’t we have certified leaders? Just a thought!