February 21, 2016

Effective Leader, stay away from me!

Human have emotions and fears of being unsafe. Traditional leadership is practised by knowing them and then using it against them to make realise their positional power. Such leaders believe by creating fear, not caring for people emotions and pushing them to work will show their strength as a leader. Traditionally right, but actually wrong! Because every person wants safety in terms of respect, job and career progression. They might won't demand, doesn't means that they actually don't want. Great leaders treat their people like parents. They care for them, they create and provide great environment for them to learn and excel, if they make mistake they forgive them, they don't count their children in heads they count them in terms of hearts and emotions, they don't alternate numbers with people, they sacrifice for the comfort of their people as parent do it for their children. There is no doubt that parents are great leaders for most of children.

Creating fear by pushing and yelling at people doesn't makes people to work better or run in one direction, they will run but in different directions. Resulting in uncoordinated team work. People are like chain if you push it from one side you exactly wont know that where will it go. One part may go forward but other parts will go here and there but if chain is pulled from one side then rest of chain will follow you. Leader should lead the people so they can follow you without leader saying anything to people and people saying to leader. This can be done by giving power back to people, once you will people will start giving power back to you again and deflect that power back to people it again, this process will make leader more powerful and this power will be more long lasting then positional power.

Problem starts when leader starts keeping some power to satisfy his ego or whatever. This results in decreased power deflection to people, so people also deflect back the decreased power and then leader again keeps some power, this process makes leader weak in long run and people starts losing trust in their leader. Keeping power means leader starts relying or starts exercising his positional power. Leadership is the most scarce resource, even scarce then oil and gold. People often confuse leadership with manager. One major difference from my discussion is manager pushes the people to get his task done and leader pulls the people to complete task. If leader wants to build his personal power, he must always not try to push people, create fear in them, not care emotions of people. He must always provide safety to it's people. If leader will give his blood, sweat and love to his people, people will deflect it back to leader.


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