Once I was a Leader
Most of the people wants to lead at some point of their life. As they lead they came across lot of challenges which teach them lot of new lessons. During last week i became leader a leader in one of the group excercise. I got excited when i got selected as a leader. But soon my excitment turned into information burden. Which was a challenge to understand in first instance but somehow i understood. Next challenge was to tell team about the objective of excersice. Which i did, but soon i realized that different team members got different level of understanding. As the excersize started i again realized different team members had a different expectations from me as a leader as some were expecting me to instruct and some were instructing to delegate, most of them had different pace of work. Activity finished, got reflections! Some of the major challenge which i faced were how to complete the task in tigh time bound deadline with engaged team. Task wasn't completed in time and team was also not fully engaged! Failure instigated lot of thoughts that how could we have done better, lots of ideas came across my mind.
But today i was walking through Warwick Art Centre, and saw some people practicing symphony for some competition going on in Art Centre. Melodious music forced me to stop there and listen, it was really nice! But i was amazed to see that how all the people were coordinating to play such a melodious music? When they finished, i asked the lady who was sitting closer to me. That how do you know that at what time which tone of music you have to play and when to stop and when to start playing again? Her reply really gave me a thought about some leadership questions which i was asking myself about last week leadership excercise, in which i performed as leader. She said the person who directs symphony tells team which sort of final music is he looking for. Then every instrument player share their ideas with leader and share their tones with each other. Once tones are decided they once agian played infront of leader to take his suggestions. This practice is done by every instrument player. Then leader tells if he wants some stronger tone then he allocates more intrument players in order to play that tone. After detailed planning we come up with sigle melodious performance.
Such an amazing lecture i got! I realized that it is important for leader to not just delegate but also discuss plan with every single or most of the team members take their suggestions, ask others to suggest something, then give his opinion. Every one should be delegated. Once delegated ask them dummy questions just to clarify that a team member know his role and know how his role is contributing to achieve objective. It takes time to do all that, but once this is done then its very easy to coordinate and work fast. But without any coordination and improper delegation it can be easy to start the task but soon leader will realize that every thing is getting messed up. In order to be an effective leader its important to spend time with team in order to develop a mutual understanding of task and develop mutualy agreeable plan to achieve it. Theratically it seems easy to be a leader, but its not. It got so complicated in such a short time and controlled environment, i was wondering how complex would it be to lead in the real world. I think leaders can learn a lot from an ochetraw, that how to lead a coordinated and engaged team towards final performance or objective.