Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Great Leaders

I was reading Christian Warren’s Enjoy the Journey where he mentions that great leaders should make a point everyday to enjoy themselves and their surroundings, and I could not help but reflect perhaps the rhino in me needs to ensure that not only am I tough and driven but also taking the time out to enjoy the journey and making everybody’s day better by not only what I am but also by what I am doing.

When a leader is simply moving too fast because they get enthused by the power and the glory, many times they are not considering the unintended consequences of their decisions on the various constituencies who put their trust in them. I have experienced problems which have been made worse by a lack of personal self-awareness. I have preached moving at a faster better smarter way. Perhaps I should have coached in better faster smarter with constituent engagement as a more appropriate solution.

All of this works really well when there is manageable pressure in the system. Our challenge is that the ripple effect of unconscious fast leadership may work in the short run, but wreaks havoc in the long run. I will leave you with the below quote as my thought for the day:

"Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein, a dreamer and thinker, understood the value of the imagination. He said, “When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.” Einstein called his imagination a “holy curiosity.”"


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