All entries for Sunday 20 February 2011
February 20, 2011
Apparently, it is easy to observe something but difficult to put it into practical. However, is it easy to make an appropriate judgment of a leader's behavior? Followers may usually become puzzled and angry about their boss. Possible they would say if I were a boss, I would do¡, I would do in this way¡and they believe so. Once they turned out to be leaders, will they act as what they promised before? Probably, no. This situation is popular even though in schools. For example, it is common to see students scolding their monitors and making assumptions about what is going on if they were monitors. When they become monitors, they start doing what they complained before. Leaders should consider much more things than followers do so they have different perspectives from followers. For instance, a leader is to blame for his unfair treating towards a follower or a group of followers, is the leader really unfair or he wants to create a wider scope of fairness. It is possible that he knows he is doing something wrong to those followers, but maybe a more serious problems would come up if he insist on fairness Also, it is impossible for the leader to do so even if followers deem it as easy as lifting a finger. So, no one can give a proper assessment of a leader unless judgers can totally understand the leader.
In ¡°leadership challenge¡± exercise, the leader was the only one who had the opportunity to obtain all the information. It was a challenge for us to manage our tasks because if a leader failed in understanding and clarifying the problems or requirements clearly, it would turn out to be a very difficult work for the whole team. In this case, it is essential for leaders to have qualified makings in leadership. However, what I want to say is that in real life, things and conditions always appear much complex than the exercise was. For example, leaders could translate all the information they got in the materials whereas sometimes it is impossible to do so in actual work. Some information about a companies or the way it obtains required data are secret so that only leaders can have the access to read these information. Also, leaders are not allowed to transmit all they know to their followers. In our exercise, if leaders could learn the material properly and express themselves clearly, it was likely all of the followers could understand the issue well. Suppose that if leaders were only able to tell us part of the information, what situation might happen? Perhaps we would keep on asking our leader a question he knew the answer but couldn¡¯t explain it to us. Then what we will think about our leader? Ineffective or incompetent? I believe this should be another challenge in leadership, more difficult to handle. But it is leaders responsible to make sure everyone have the idea about their jobs. In contrast, it is better if followers could understand their leader and have the ability to contribute without understanding the whole issue.