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Can a leader exist without followers?


Let’s examine the possible answer by considering the case of a leader, a company CEO who is brought in the business by the Board of Directors because of the great work he did in another company.

He is new to the staff and at this initial time has not yet had a chance to get himself known or trusted by or develop relationships with the people in the company.

However, if the situation in the business is one that calls for immediate and drastic actions can the new CEO not lead because he has not yet developed followers?

I think when a leader has character, one that radiates, inspires, and earns trust, the rest will follow. Furthermore, a great leader will ambidextrously employ knowledge and intuition, and will take the company to the destination no matter what.

Consider even the case that a leader has followers. During the journey to the achievement of the vision and goals, there is no guarantee that the followers will remain loyal. It is possible that he may lose some or even all the followers either because at the critical junctions, other influential members may persuade people to reverse or when the course of the journey gets across rugged terrain, the followers are too timid to follow. So, in the end, the leader is left alone without followers to finish the journey. Nevertheless, even without them, he manages to reach the destination successfully proving that he was leading on the right track when his followers abandoned him.

Take a further example of a mountaineer that leads a team on a route to the top. In the process, the team may be too weak to follow the leader, and the latter is forced to reach the [...]

By |March 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Are leadership traits beyond defining?

A look at the world most developed nations and you will not fail to see a broken image of leadership limping and dishonored.
What must a leader have?
Not the 100 attributes that subject experts talk about. Most of those, if not all, are the visible external characteristics that are listed without end and in many cases are observed from all the various styles of leadership and made into one whole thing, an extensive routine catalogue. From decision making and IQ to EQ and majestic countenance.
Many societies today face to varying degree a leadership crisis and that in spite of the thousands of schools that teach leadership and its synthesizing characteristics.
Are we doing it wrong? Are we defining leader’s traits wrong?
We must move from externals to internals. Externals can take many forms depending on a variety of factors including the particular circumstances in which the leadership is exercised.
The critical characteristic a leader should possess is the fire inside him. That fire that melts the iron that might stand in the way. That fire that clears whatever other motives and makes the leader genuine to the purpose. That fire that is burning bright and enlightens the route to follow.
And that fire is not definable.

By |March 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments|