The Leadership Challenge
The life of a leader epitomizes so many perspectives. There is a way the leader sees his/herself and their assignment. On the flip side, there is a way the followers see the leader and his assignment. Externally, there is a way the larger society view the leader, their followers, their assignment and impact.
Leaders preoccupy themselves with their assignment and they focus on conveying that picture to their family, friends, associates and the larger society. Leadership orientation helps in the identification of a vacuum for a leader to fill, and by filling it, they enhance the value of people and the society they live in. In trying to fill those vacuum, the leader uses many skills and the most prominent of them all is the problem-solving skill.
A leader is a problem solver, and this ability should reflect in their looks, language, carriage and relationships. The ability of the leader to solve problems that threatens the life and well being of others increases the velocity of individuals flocking around them and their activities.
Everyone around a leader expects benefits, whether psychological, material, real or fiction. These expectations drive their relationship with the leader and this subjects leaders to pressure.
Firstly. the leader experiences pressure of their identity whether they reflect the person they projected themselves to be in the minds of their followers and society. Secondly, the pressure arising from the need to live up to the expectations of their followers.
When leaders continuously meet the expectations of their followers, this gives guarantee that they will remain. Once they fail to do this, the followers move to another leader who has answers to their needs and fester their nests.
At some point in the life of a leader, followers will ask the question why am I following this man or woman? At this point, the followers create either a mental of physical balance sheet of what they have gained by benefitting from the leader. This is a very critical moment and the outcome of the balance sheet analysis could form a reason for major decisions. These decisions could mean the follower will remain committed to the leadership, become ambivalent or simply walk away.
As a leader, you will experience people walking into your life every time, as well as many others walking away. This does not necessarily meet the aims of the leader except where they believe that going away by a party will better serve the interest of all parties.
For a leader, the challenge of keeping faith with team members and followers lies in their problem solving and relationship skills.Join Our Social Media Community