The Ability to Lead

Everything Rises and Falls on Leadership – John Maxwell

We attribute success or failure in any endeavor to leadership.  We look at employees performance as a reflection of the one for whom they work.

According to John Maxwell, leadership is influence.  Leadership is the ability to obtain followers.  He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him is only taking a walk.

But, how do we select leaders?

In school, we select group chairpersons or leaders based on how they rank academically in class.  Whether they are good leaders or not, we are not 100% sure as classmates/schoolmates follow them for fear of getting low grades or failing in the class.

At Office, we promote employees to supervisory or managerial positions based on their  very satisfactory or outstanding performance ratings while clerks or subordinates. But, when they assume the duties and responsibilities as supervisors or managers, some of them fail or become unsatisfactory performers and even produce disgruntled employees.  We often wonder why these happen.

These happen because during promotion, we only consider their technical knowledge and skills.  We miss to evaluate  their human relation skill which is needed for leadership.

Presidents of nations are elected by the constituents and some won due to high intelligence and competence as well as impressive credentials.  But, some of them failed as leaders.

The world is becoming more complicated and dangerous, hence, there’s a pressing need for leaders in every organization, community and institution.

Less than three decades ago, there were very few leadership books to refer to, most were management books. Nowadays, thanks to our best authors who produced leadership books.

According to Warren Bennis, in his book, On Becoming a Leader, “The Lone Ranger is dead.  In order to lead a Great Group, a leader need not possess all the individual skills of the group members.  What he or she must have are vision, the ability to rally the others, and integrity.  Such leaders also need superb curatorial and coaching skills – an eye for talent, the ability to recognize correct choices, contagious optimism, a gift for bringing out the best in others, the ability to facilitate communication and mediate conflict, a sense of fairness, and, as always, the kind of authenticity and integrity that creates trust.”

3 thoughts on “The Ability to Lead”

  1. Leaders are followed because people are subconsiously attracted to them. The followers most likely perceive that the leader will be able to help them get what they want. It is best to simply focus on what you are best at, and help anyone who asks for it.

    Thank you for the thoughtful article. I tend to spot spelling or grammer mistakes anywhere, so don’t be offended when I say that I could help you out by proofreading for you.

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