Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Leadership and The FearLess Approach...

Throughout history...

Certain people stand out from the crowd because of some special skill or talent that they have. Perhaps they are masters at the political game, knowing how to charm and win the proper allies. Or maybe they have superior technical knowledge in their field. Or maybe they are the ones who initiate some bold venture that has success. In any event, these types suddenly find themselves in leadership positions, something for which their past experiences and education has not prepared them.

Now they are alone and on the top, their every decision and action scrutinized by the group and public. The pressures can be intense. And what Inevitably happens is that many of them unconsciously succumb to all kinds of fears. Whereas before they might have been bold and creative, now they grow cautious and conservative, aware of the heightened stakes. Secretly scared of being held accountable for the success of the group, they over-delegate, poll everyone for their opinions, or refrain from making the hard decisions. Or they become excessively dictatorial, trying to control everything... another sign of weakness and insecurity. It is the story of great senators who make lousy Presidents, bold lieutenants who turn into mediocre generals, or top-level managers who become incompetent executives.

And yet among the group there are inevitably a few who demonstrate the opposite... they rise to the position, displaying extraordinary leadership skills that no one had suspected were in them. We find this in people like Napoleon Bonaparte, Mahatma Gandhi, and Winston Churchill. What links these people together is not some mysterious skill or bit of knowledge, but rather a quality of character, a temperament that reveals the essence of the art. They are fearless. They do not shrink from making hard decisions by themselves... instead they seem to relish such responsibility. They do not suddenly become conservative, but in fact show a propensity for bold actions. They exhibit tremendous grace under fire.

Such types come to understand in various ways that a leader has a unique power that generally goes untapped. Any group tends to assume the spirit and energy of the person on top. If that person is weak and passive, then the group tends to splinter into fractions. If such leaders lack confidence, their insecurities tend to filter their way down the line. Their nervous, fretful moods put everyone on edge. But there is always the opposite possibility. A leader who is audacious, out in front, and setting the tone and agenda for the group sparks a higher energy level and confidence. Such a person on top does not need to yell or push people around; those below want to follow his or her lead because it is strong and inspiring.

-Is(Smile)-

2 comments:

vanillawafer2991 said...

Yeah, definitely feelin this. Have to share this with a few people. You made it so clear...Shukran for this.

Calligrafist said...

Afwan... Thank You!
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