why are leaders essential ?
We all look to some leader to guide us or should I say we all need leaders. I am not stating in business perspective only. I mean in all senses. But why do we need them? Leaders are not different than us. They are humans as well. What have they got that has made them worth following? What have they got that they are capable of leading us and we lack. It is quite amazing sometimes to notice that a younger person leads an elderly one. “Leaders are born” has been proved a myth several times. So how are leaders made and why our society and this world need them?
Leadership is an attitude: Every person has a different mindset and different personality traits. That’s why scientists have been conducting tests and surveys to study people. Studies like hand movements, postures, hand writing, signatures have been analyzed to categorize people. One thing to notice is leadership is an attitude. You must have seen sometimes a subordinate outshines the elected leader and becomes leader himself. How? Because, he has got that attitude. He wants to be in the front. He is daring and willing to experience the heat.
Leaders encourage us to realize our real potential: A leader is not the one who is followed. He is the one who digs our hidden or forgotten potential out of us. When we see what we have done, we feel proud but we overlook how we did it. We were always capable to do it earlier, but nobody tried to bring our best out of us. A real leader does. They motivate us to expand our abilities and keep improving. It was Mahatma Gandhi, Lala Lajpat Rai etc. that inspired the Indians to fight for their freedom and make India free of British rule.
Leaders make us confident: A few team members are happy working in the back. They strive for the limelight, but they lack confidence to get in front. It’s not their work is not noticed or they are not rewarded but they are happy with that. A leader inflates these shy people with massive confidence so that they could get the due respect and recognition in the organization and the society. Leaders deliver us the mighty power of making decisions confidently.
Leaders invoke the sense of responsibility: Leaders know they would retire someday. Therefore they proactively look for their replacements. It just like some CEO retires and another arrives. Ratan Tata succeeded by Cyrus Mistry, Angela Ahrendts succeeded by Christopher Bailey, Satya Nadella replacing Steve Balmer etc. Leaders choose successors wisely so that they carry out their responsibilities later responsibly. Organizations that fail at this struggle and vanish. Even nations get into miserable situations leaving nationals stranded. Remember Iraq, Egypt and Libya?
Leaders love their subordinates grow: A few managers are always scared of their outstanding team members. They think the smarter team member would overtake them and get to higher in the ladder. This fear leads them to undermine such performers. They forget if subordinates grow, they will grow as well. Real leaders nurture their team members as their own kids. They love when someone exceeds expectations. They don’t miss an opportunity to encourage such team members and also recognise them publicly.
So, we need leaders to grow, professionally and personally. We need leaders to earn respect and be recognized. The world needs great leaders to make it a better place. Amazingly, leaders even look for leaders. May god bless all with great leaders!