Vineet Nayar on 13 leadership ideas that will transform your life by Vineet Nayar at The Economic Times on 3 May 2013.
Actually , there are only nine leadership ideas that will transform your life – the author wants people to write in and add four more. He sees leaders as:
- An explorer who finds the unknown exciting
- Sees an opportunity in challenges
- Has an irrational expectation of his/herself and others
- Inspires people
- Is emotional
- Has a higher purpose
- Is trustworthy
- Walks the talk
- Earns the right to lead
This article didn’t speak to me, but might speak to others. I have a problem with the first point – finding the unknown exciting. I have found that leaders are able to deal with the unknown; they may not be more excited by it. The irrational expectation part I also have trouble with – leaders can have a vision and push the boundaries, but must still be grounded in logical thought. Perhaps it’s my military side, but I don’t think being as emotional as everyone else is necessary. The movie “Saving Private Ryan” demonstrates this pretty well. That does not mean that the leader should be a robot; rather, the leader must make sure that the team’s needs are met.
P.S. The article did generate 30 comments, which is more than I tend to see for leadership-related articles.
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