THE 'HOW TO' OF LEADERSHIP
Leadership, simply put, is about leading people. In most organisations this typically tends to manifest itself as the leader-follower model. There is a well-known saying which I used to hear “leaders” say when giving commands:
“either you follow, or you get out the way”
In a military organisation, the general is the most senior leader. Legendary military strategist, Sun Tzu, believed there were no bad soldiers, only bad generals. After a battle, if the performance was not to his satisfaction, he would reportedly have his generals executed, not his soldiers.
In the Art of War, Sun Tzu backs this up by stating, “When the general is weak and without authority; when his orders are not clear and distinct… the result is utter disorganisation.”
David Marquet, Commander of the nuclear submarine Santa Fe, decided to reject this leader-follower model, and to implement his own “leader-leader” approach among his submarine crew. He contends that leaders should be at every level of an organization and striving to change the mindset of sailors trained in the leader-follower style throughout their naval education. This boils down to taking ownership. As Stephen Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective people put it, “I don’t know of a finer model of this kind of empowering leadership than Captain Marquet”.
When leaders take ownership, taking personal responsibility for failures, subordinates see this being emulated throughout the chain of command. When leaders drive their teams to achieve a higher standard of performance, it’s not what you preach, it’s what people see you doing and also tolerating. When setting expectations, if substandard performance is acceptable without anyone being held accountable – the poor performance becomes the new standard. Essentially engendering a culture of trying to fix problems, rather than trying to figure out who to blame.
In the words of Nelson Mandela “lead from the back – let others believe they are in front”.
The first step is to know thyself, implementing “Personal Leadership” within one’s own life. Knowing yourself, in terms of what your strengths and limitations are, what stimulates you, what your boundaries are and what drives you ensure that you can live a congruent life, expressed as authentic leadership. Mastery of self (Personal Leadership) begins before all else.
Authentic leadership requires one to take total responsibility to discover one’s own destiny. The starting point of which is to know what your core values are, having yourself validate these – without seeking outside validation. Your values form the foundation of your behaviour.
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