Change management and developing the right values/beliefs/tradition within a firm is and has been a challenge for all organizations out there. They may struggle to bring/encourage right leadership to achieve high economic and social goals. This makes me ponder: what qualities the leader should have/cultivate. Yes, it is not at all a new topic for discussion but in most of the blogs/websites, you will find random stuff which sometimes can be delusional. Therefore, here, I would first try to en-list the myths surrounding leadership and then will move onto the traits a modern-day leader should possess/cultivate.
a) MYTHS – He/she should have/have to:
Strong physical personality: Most common and at the same time a debatable opinion. But leaders should be judged and valued on their ability to “inspire” people, and not on their physical personality(appearance). After-all, its not a “Boxing Arena”
Bossy behavior: With 100% conviction, I could say only a foolish will follow this. People who are in this position or want to be, should try to control (if at all they are bossy) because if you don’t, you are dead (not literally but career-wise, yes)
Show favoritism: People, sometimes, do favor certain member(s) in their team unconsciously. And that’s okay. But one should learn to identify such trait as it can lead to unsatisfactory team results and many times sends a wrong message to others. Give equal chance to all and the one who deserves and is the best-fit for the position would eventually win in the end.
b) Favorable Traits to have/to cultivate:
1) Keep deadlines: Deadline is an effective mechanism by which you can keep a check on your and others’ work. It is a very powerful tool, if used to its potential. But what all one could learn by keeping a deadline history. Here are some benefits:
a) Ek teer se do nishan: By following deadlines, you (with some effort) can find your weak areas or the areas where you need assistance. One, without any second thought, should look for friend(s)/ acquaintance(s) who can help him in such areas. By doing so, not only you are saving your precious time but you also, will be able to focus more on your strengths (which will increase your productivity many folds) and in the meantime, would learn and improve your weaknesses by other’s input.
b) Mann ki shanti: If someone says to me that he doesn’t meet deadlines and yet, remains happy, then he is the most stupid being, you will ever find. Anyway, doing things on time, give not only eternal-peace but also boost your self-confidence. For example: In case you find yourself troubled and puzzled due to workplace stress (at first time around) and still manage to meet the deadline, then when you feel the same next time, you would already be knowing (from your past experience) that you can handle this. Thus you feel more relax and happy ever-after.
c) Added Bonus: You would be bindaas and your life(and job)-expectancy may increase.
2) Indulge with your peers at personal level: We (including me) sometimes, tend to forget the importance of a relationship. Believe me, it works like wonder, infact, it is the real deal. More importantly, they will be your right and left hands. They will cheer you up when you are depressed, they will feel confident around you, they will follow you, believe you. And I think that’s best compliment for any person in a leadership role. Thus prevailing harmony all around.
What I recommend: The term “Leader” should not only be used for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, or Managers, to say the least. Instead, people should try to use/learn such qualities in/from their day-to-day routine. One must try to take leadership roles in his/her relationship with spouse, parents, children, brothers, sisters, peers, and friends, in order to lead a successful and contain life.
Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. – Peter Drucker