Leadership has 3 components that matter. Each of these components are important. The weightage of each of this component depends on the managers role and level in an organization.
Small business owners and SME investors and managers can apply the principles outlined in this post to determine the level of importance and weighting that they should give to each of the leadership components.
The weather is perfect and I should be out and having fun. Instead, I thought I would share my thoughts on leadership. I was recently asked by some one to give my definition of what leadership is. I have heard different variations from different folks. Some very apt and others not so apt. I am dedicating this post on leadership as my little way of giving back for the blessed life and the experiences and all the wonderful and great leaders who I have had the pleasure of working with and with some of whom I still work with.
So here are my thoughts - hopefully apt, on leadership.
Many pundits have defined it in many ways. For me leadership is all about having the right dose of the SOP factor and not about being an S.O.B. I am sure we have all have had our fair share of dealing with S.O.Bs.
The first part about being a leader is being Strategic. You really need to have the big picture and know the trends, the competitive aspects of your industry and all that good stuff that folks learn in business school. You need to have a view as to where your industry is heading, the new technologies, the substitutes and so forth.
However, knowing the big picture alone is not good. You need to have an Operational know how of your business and your industry in general. You need to be able to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in the muddles and puddle of business. Most small business owners do this.
Last but not least, your People leadership is very important. It is the people in your business who are delivering the results for which we are all paid for or are making money through their efforts. .
It should be remembered that as one moves up the corporate ladder or when a business grows, and when responsibility increases (hopefully with your pay and perks along with it), the right dosage or rather the right weightage of the S.O.P factor is required.
For example, a CEO of a large company will have to have the highest weightage on his strategic skills, know-how and application. A junior manager who manages a large number of people would probably require a heavy weightage on his or her operational and people leadership skills. A small business owner will probably require equal application of each of the SOP factors.
So remember, that leadership is not about being a great strategist, or knowing and doing the nuts and bolts of your business or about just being a good people manager. It is about having the right combination of all the three at the right phase of your career or business life that matters. Having the big picture or being a micro manager or being a good people manager alone is not going to get you to achieve your dreams. You need the right combination of all the three. A final note, rember the P part (the people part )well, otherwise you will be called a b@#%&
John Lincoln, San Francisco, December 30, 2010, – All rights reserved