Abraham Lincoln a former president of America dramatically depicts the secret of being an awesome leader.The phrase means to offer highest the price for talents; skills and knowledge and never compromise on conscience and values.
I recognize this not only as a humanistic motive of of a greatly admired man but also a practical definition for the determinant theory of Staffen Robbins which talks about employee job satisfaction
Low Job satisfaction of employees has been recognized to be an organizational dilemma because of the inability of leaders to trade off two major factors of the job satisfaction
In management, employees should be given both intrinsic and extrinsic values to keep them satisfied and motivated.
Financial rewards like wages, incentives, fringe benefits are the intrinsic values which helps an employee to be satisfied.
Extrinsic values like recognition and responsibilities make an employee motivated.
Most leaders who are well capacitated with academic and professional qualifications have become failures of human resource management due to their inability to balance these intrinsic and extrinsic values.
Some companies offer their employees more intrinsic values like high wages and incentives of extremely high value and expect them to work like slaves.. Employees of such companies are satisfied with the benefits they receive, but they are not motivated to work or to be innovative. Leaders of such companies do not consider human values, and they push employees for work output. They have become total failures as they try to weigh human values with only money.
On the other hand some companies don’t give full value for employee’s skills, qualifications and talents. They are not given incentives or even paid their wages on time.
But they are given recognition and responsibilities.The employee’commitment is highly admired. As a result employees of such companies are really motivated. They will continue to work hard in order to be admired and appreciated. In addition they will be innovative as they are having the total responsibility. But they are less satisfied in financial terms and are always seeking for new job opportunities which will reward them financially as well.
Though the determinant theory of Steffen Robbins is a bit complicated, Abraham Lincoln clearly tells us what we should do practically. To paraphrase him,
Leaders should pay the highest price for their employee’s qualifications and skills as they cannot they cannot include a financial price for their commitment and good qualities. Their values and commitment should be admired and rewarded with recognition and more responsibilities.
Just Now I have received a message from a volunteer working for World Vision stating that she has completed 23 of her given tasks.
She is sending me that message not because she is paid, but because she is so motivated. And she hopes I will admire her and appreciate and recognize her commitment.
So definitely I should respond to her by saying “Well done dear!!???????????? “
What I have learned :
Good leaders will always be good humans who value and respect others!
A Leader sees the bigger picture
- True leaders see a world bigger than themselves; they see the bigger picture.
- A leader who sees the bigger picture is able to inspire and motivate others as well.
- Such a leader will see challenges and opportunities everywhere.
- Such a leader will be able to create an impact on the world and others as well.
- Would-be leaders who have a narrow vision will be limited in the influence and impact.
Challenge : Train yourself to see the bigger picture.
A leader is someone who is unselfish
The world is a rat-race and everyone is on the lookout for themselves only. Life is all about self-improvement, self-preservation, achieving your destiny, becoming a millionaire before age 40 and more such attitudes which cause people to disregard others. People are inherently selfish.
- A true leader on the other hand would not only develop his or her life and career but would be equally if not more involved in helping others develop and succeed.
- All the famous leaders we respect are those who inspired and helped others in various ways, sometimes even sacrificing their own personal ambitions in the search for the common goal.
- The challenge for a would-be leader is to learn to see others as people with potential and dignity and be able to devote energy and effort to help them succeed.
Challenge : Don’t be a selfish Leader. Be willing to help others succeed
1. Sustainable Leadership is not self-promoting.
Most leaders have a sense of insecurity which manifests itself in the need for respect, recognition, rewards, applause etc.The secure leader will be focused on the mission and the team, and not on his/her own glory. He/she will be willing to submit his/her ambition to the greater cause of the team
2. Sustainable Leadership casts a clear vision
The leader who is able to challenge others with a clear and compelling goal will be able to transform idle observers into active and committed team members. Casting clear vision is imperative to be able to sustain momentum in the face of challenges.
3. To create sustainable leadership, the leader needs to be a strategic team builder.
Casting a clear and compelling vision will gather the team members; the leader needs to also develop a core group with a greater level of understanding of each other and the common goal.
4. The leader should be able to build relationships
To sustain leadership, the leader should be able to help diverse people merge into an effective team which functions as a whole.
5. To sustain leadership, the leader should be able to express authority when needed.
Some leaders try to rule by consensus all the time, or assume that to enforce authority is to be thought dictatorial. Many teams stagnate and dissolve when leaders hesitate to make decisions. In the face of opposition the leader needs to be able to authoritatively make clear and prompt decisions to sustain forward movement.
6. The effective leader engages crisis head-on.
When leaders are seen to hesitate when faced with a challenge, the entire team is affected. Leaders should take on what others fear.
7. Empower others.
Sustainable leadership is all about releasing the potential in others.
Based on a talk by Ms.Dana Boals , Director Global Partnerships at Partners Worldwide