Uma Maheswaran S80p
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~ Leadership involves standing apart from others without separating yourself from them.
~ It could also mean speaking up when others are silent.
~ It necessarily requires the leader to remain steadfast, grounded, and measured in the face of uncertainty.
~ A leader must respond productively to political opposition (even backstabbing) without getting sidetracked, distracted, or losing your focus.
~ And a leader should be able to stay in the discomfort of a colleague’s anger without shutting off or becoming defensive.
I just completed reading a fantastic book, "How do you measure your life?" by the Harvard Business School Professor 'Clayton M. Christensen'. At the end the book, Christensen asserts that --
"While many of us might default measuring our lives by summary statistics, such as number of people preside over, number of awards, or dollars accumulated, and so on, the only metrics that will matter to my life are individuals whom I have been able to help, one by one, to become better people."
A book first; and, a post today. A good time for my reflection and action!!!
-- Working towards 'being respected rather than being liked' as a leader
-- Always listening to others but not compromising either.
In Matthew 15:19, Jesus himself asserts, "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies." Therefore, it is inevitable that we guard our heart.
(1)As a leader, I feel that it is important to have clear vision and challenge status quo. There is nothing wrong in being a visionary. This necessitates one to be creative and think outside the box.
(2) It is important for a leader to observe things using all his senses. It will help him in his decision making process in the long run. (Observation is a skill which many do not possess these days)
(3) It is good for the leader to have an undivided heart committed to a purpose.
Many times, I see people failing to address this "why" before harping on to "how"? When we are able to answer the "why", then "if" and subsequently "how" can be managed with ease and confidence.
I feel that this is the one of the prime reasons for success of the 'purpose driven people' in this world.
Yup! Our attitude can --
•make a difference in our approach to life
•make a difference in our relationships with people
•make a difference in how we view challenges
Also, I think our attitude cannot --
•substitute for competence
•substitute for experience
•change the facts
•substitute for personal growth
I believe that Viktor E. Frankl (the Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist and the Holocaust survivor and author of the book ‘Man's Search for Meaning’) is one of the good examples of great attitude exhibited during his imprisonment under Nazi regime.