What is Leadership?
A three word question indicative of simplicity yet the in depth thought is ambiguous. Notwithstanding the respective perspective, leadership can arguably be dissected into three discernible categories- iron-fist leadership, insecure leadership and astute leadership. Wholistically the leadership style attributed depends on numerous variables such as- lack of readiness, a warped outlook, inability to do better, the impractical imposition of negativity, enthusiastic to impress positive change, a balanced mind etc. So in essence a leader delegates however they are judged premised on the format selected to pilot the position/role.
The most resented, irritable and inefficacious leadership style is the iron-fist approach. The spectrum of this style is of significant detriment to the organization and/or the area in which the person leads. They view themselves as being the occupational parent and their subordinates as occupational children. When such a mindset is hardwired the belief system is- they can speak to and handle employees as though they are of miniscule value. At times on the job disciplinary actions may be warranted however iron-fist leaders tend to do so unnecessarily maybe even with the predisposition that staff will respect them more. A persons personal life and professional life should never coincide. Some leaders permit negative and apathetic emotions from their personal life to outpour into the work environment. To deepen this train of thought- they may even use subordinates as a vehicle to release inner frustration, hurt and anger. Such actions give iron-fist leaders a false sense of dominance!
Insecurity harvests irresponsibility; the emotional stimulus connected to insecurity are multitudinous. So quite obviously insecure leaders don’t reap fruitful results. In fact their layman’s mentality center frivolous ideologies: so effectiveness is an impossibility. Generally they possess a sense of unworthiness: contributing factors may include- regret over engaging in compromising actions to obtain the title, uneasiness over receiving the title due to nepotism or self awareness of inability to be in a state of functionality for title responsibilities. Leaders do not necessarily have to be the brightest however confidence and the ability to orchestrate are imperative. Insecure leaders veer to jealousy and envy upon observation of subordinates who are talented, critical thinkers, pioneers and articulate. Instead of exalting and embracing the uniqueness of luminescent minds they feel threatened that such individuals may potentially supersede them. Some believe that subordinates must always remain under their jurisdiction and never aspire to say, elevate rank, work in a different or higher capacity or seek other endeavors. Insecure leaders are arrogant, not open to new ideas and always believe (no matter how non-sensical their thinking or actions are) that they are always correct!
Astute leaders increase productivity, gain traction and delegates effectively. They recognize and delegate on the foundation of staff strength. Simplistic to state however very much so profound- ‘they encourage’. Statistically staff who are encouraged and motivated produce and are more in sync with responsibilities. Challenges will materialize and though onerous and wearisome, a calm and well balanced demeanor are always exuded from astute leaders. The capability to listen, understand and sensitively respond to staff builds trust and enables them to have enormous respect for superior. Also, astute leaders view leadership from a ‘humble servant leadership’ perspective. Such underlying mentality set the standard and pave the way for every approach, decision, response and action an astute leader engages!