When it comes to the leadership topic, I can’t help but to repeatedly quote one of my favourite authors and well-known leadership guru, John Maxwell. I’ve read several of his books and they never cease to motivate, educate and inspire me. In one of his books The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, he states that “leadership develops daily, not in a day.” I believe that leadership is not only proven and displayed in the workplace but also in one’s daily agenda. Everyone has the potential to be a great leader and can do so by having the right attitude and by taking the first step of wanting to work at acquiring leadership skills. I also believe leadership is one of the ingredients of living a successful and significant life.
In this video, John makes a lot of good points about leadership. He addresses that leadership is about serving others and adding value to other people. In this video he also addresses one of the laws of leadership, “the law of the picture – people do what people see. It’s all about their example” (Maxwell). He also brings up an interesting statistic of how the greatest leadership is by example:
- 89% of what we learn, we learn visually
- 10% through the ears
- 1% through other senses
Teams need management skills and visionary leadership skills but the issue is where is it coming from. It’s not necessary for the leader to provide management if the team can manage itself. But if the leader doesn’t have a vision, the team is not going to do well at all. We have gone overboard in valuing leadership and devaluing management. We need both. And if you can provide both, the focus should be on which behaviour is required at a particular time.(Stoner)
In the new economy, where value comes increasingly from the knowledge of people, and where workers are no longer undifferentiated cogs in an industrial machine, management and leadership are not easily separated. People look to their managers, not just to assign them a task, but to define for them a purpose. And managers must organize workers, not just to maximize efficiency, but to nurture skills, develop talent and inspire results.
In this day and age, I believe that companies are seeking leadership through the tough economic times in order to be more productive. In the same article, it states that “one does not ‘manage’ people,the task is to lead people. And the goal is to make productive the specific strengths and knowledge of every individual.” (Drucker)
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