March 29, 2011


When we talk about leadership, there are different styles that we look at and most of the leaders in different organizations around us fall under one of those styles. It is not necessary that people possess the leadership style that is the same as their real life personality. Some people might argue that people carry their natural style, personality and behavior wherever they go and whatever they do and it could also be true in some instances but not when it comes to leadership. Although a man faces a lot of situations in life when he needs to put his leadership skills into practice, in many day to day activities but when we talk about professional life and controlling complex work place situations he might change his natural or we can say built in leadership style and adopt some other one and this is how we get to see many people/leaders who are although very laidback and humble in real life turn into monsters at work. It is certainly not the right thing to do where one has to wear a mask daily when he goes to work and behave or act in a way that he otherwise would not have done. There was a very good example given by Paul against this attitude which was something like “Behave at work in a way that you could take your daughter along with you”, because if you do a personality switch daily as you reach work, she might see your split personality which would surely shock her.

So, we should avoid this attitude and although I believe that leadership skills are both in built and can also be improved with experience and training but I feel that we should alter our in built leadership style if it is not very effective but should not try to bring a 180 degree change to it. The change should be positive instead of being negative.

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