He was a teacher. He taught middle school English.
He was a boarding master. He supervised boarding house residents.
He was a sports master. He supported the coach and the players.
But he was much more than the sum of those parts.
He was no ordinary teacher.
He was a leader.
He mentored and molded youth who would become leaders themselves.
Recently I was at my old high school to pay my respects at the funeral of an old school teacher of mine. He spent over 40 years of his life at the same institution. Even after retirement he continued to serve the school on a voluntary basis. He participated in every school function until his demise.
All those present were reminiscing of his contribution to their lives; not only the academic aspect which was considerable, but most of us were narrating anecdotes of how this teacher influenced us in varied ways.
By his exemplary conduct, acts of kindness and compassion, humility, generosity, faithfulness and loyalty he inspired and molded several generations of young men.
We are better people by having come into contact with his personality and lifestyle.
Do we see teachers in the present generation who are similar leaders?
Education is not only about imparting knowledge and skills to students; it is also about helping them find their way in the world. It is also about imparting values and morals. Education is also about forming leaders. Education is about helping today’s youth become tomorrow’s leaders.
SO here’s a word to teachers. While teaching your students, may you also inspire them by your conduct and example.
Be a teacher? Yes, and also be a leader.
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!
Recently I had the pleasure of conducting an Experiential Learning training program for a Marketing company with a fresh outlook. (Training Story)
The founder of this company who is still very young strongly believes in promoting from within.
In fact his growth model is based on the premise that his managers would intentionally mentor and develop their team members as future managers.
They are benchmarked and rewarded based on the number of leaders they develop.
This results in huge growth; growth for the team members who qualify to lead new teams and develop new branches, growth for the managers who are promoted to overlook entire regions, and of course exponential revenue growth for the company.
What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 4)
Did not read part 1? Here is it : What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 3)
Let’s look at some more quotations about leadership:[su_quote cite=”Leroy Eimes, author and leadership expert”]A leader is one who sees more than others see, who sees farther than others see and who sees before others see.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Rosalynn Carter, former US first lady”]A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”General Colin Powell, US Army”]Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Former US President John Quincy Adams”]If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft”]As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Jack Welch, former GE chairman and CEO”]Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”U.S. General H. Norman Schwarzkopf”]Leadership is a combination of strategy and character. If you must be without one, be without the strategy.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”President Theodore Roosevelt”]People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader leads, and the boss drives.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Warren G. Bennis, founding chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California”]Leadership is the capacity to transform vision into reality.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Lao Tsu, Chinese philosopher”]To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves![/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Walter Lippmann, writer, reporter and political commentator”]The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and the will to carry on.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger”]The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”General George S. Patton, US Army”]Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do, and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Jim Rohn, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker”]The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Former US President Harry Truman”]In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple”]Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Benjamin Hooks, retired director of the NAACP”]If you think you are leading and turn around to see no one following, then you are just taking a walk.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Sam Rayburn, former speaker of the US House of Representatives”]You cannot be a leader, and ask other people to follow you, unless you know how to follow, too.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”US President Dwight D. Eisenhower”]You do not lead by hitting people over the head. That’s assault, not leadership.[/su_quote]
In conclusion, I am struck by the emphasis on people: Leadership involves people – other people. So leadership is not only about the person who leads, but it is also about the people who are being led.
Next, let us look at arriving at a working definition of leadership and look at its implications.
What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 3)
Did not read part 2? Here is it : What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 2)[su_quote cite=”Phil Blair, president, Manpower Staffing Services”]Leadership requires harnessing the energy and efforts of a group of individuals so that their outlook is advanced from an unremarkable Point A to a very desirable Point B — from bad to good, slow to fast, red to black. During that process, leadership manifests in projecting your expertise in a way that gains the confidence of others. Ultimately, leadership becomes about trust — when that confidence inspires them to align their vision and level of commitment for the betterment of the company.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Kendra Coleman, consultant, Sheppard Moscow”]For me, leadership is an act — a decision to take a stand, or step, in order to encourage, inspire or motivate others to move with you. What’s more, the most effective leaders do not rely on their title, or positional power, to lead. Rather, their ability to use their own personal power combined with their use of strategic influence are what make them effective.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Jonas Falk, CEO, OrganicLife”]Leadership is the ability to take an average team of individuals and transform them into superstars. The best leader is the one who inspires his workers to achieve greatness each and every day.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Robert Preziosi, professor and former chairman of management, Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga School of Business”]Leadership is actions committed by a person or group that produce an output or result. It simply helps people to get things done. It is not based on position in a hierarchy.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”David Casullo, president, Bates Communications”]Leadership is the collective action of everyone you influence. Your behavior — your actions and your words — determines how you influence. Our job as leaders is to energize whatever marshals action within others.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Josh Kuehler, president, Internal Consistency”]Leadership is the ability to inspire motivation in others to move toward a desirable vision. While management is focused on tasks, leadership is focused on the person. All in all, the best leadership drives change and long-lasting motivation.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Bob Mason, founder, RLM Planning and Leadership”]Leadership is simply causing other people to do what the leaders want. Good leadership, whether formal or informal, is helping other people rise to their full potential while accomplishing the mission and goals of the organization. All members of an organization who are responsible for the work of others have the potential to be good leaders, if properly developed.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=” Philip Gafka, founder, LEAP Associates”]Leadership is employing your skills and knowledge, leveraged by your attitude to get the results you desire.[/su_quote] Join me on a journey as we explore leadership, various theories about leadership, leadership styles, and practical applications of leadership in the 21st Century.
What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 2)
Did not read part 1? Here is it : What is leadership? – Searching for a definition (Part 1)[su_quote cite=”Katie Easley, founder, Kate Ryan Design”]Leadership is stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risk to create reward.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Darcy Eikenberg, founder, RedCapeRevolution.com”]A leader is someone who has the clarity to know the right things to do, the confidence to know when she’s wrong and the courage to do the right things even when they’re hard.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Matt Barney, founder and CEO, LeaderAmp”]Leadership is the behavior that brings the future to the present, by envisioning the possible and persuading others to help you make it a reality.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Jarie Bolander, COO and co-founder, Lab Sensor Solutions”]Leadership is caring more about the cause and the people in your company than about your own personal pain and success. It is about having a greater vision of where your company is trying to go while leaving the path open for others to grow into leaders.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Susan Ascher, CEO, founder and president, SusanAscher.com”]A leader is a person who takes you where you will not go alone.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Marie Hansen, dean of the college of business, Husson University”]Leadership means using one’s influence to help guide others in successfully achieving a goal without desire for recognition, without worry of what others think and with awareness of issues, internal or external, that might change the results sought.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Michael Womack, COO and co-founder, hovelstay.com”]Leadership is not about finding ways to lead better or to motivate your team. It’s about being there from the beginning as equals and becoming a mentor when they need you to be one.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Tom Madine, CEO and president, Worldwide Express”]Leadership styles differ, but at the core, good leaders make the people they are leading accomplish more than they otherwise would. The most effective leaders do this not through fear, intimidation or title, but rather by building consensus around a common goal.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Brigitta Hoeferle, founder and owner, Montessori Kinder International School”]A leader is a mix of a visionary and a left brainer — an inspiration to others who uplifts one to walk beside him, not behind him. A leader lets go of his/her ego and taps into his soul, consistently stretching himself, challenging himself, growing within.[/su_quote] [su_quote cite=”Steve Zeitchik, CEO of Focal Point Strategies”]Leadership is inspiring others to pursue your vision within the parameters you set, to the extent that it becomes a shared effort, a shared vision and a shared success.[/su_quote]