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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Do You Balance?

I always talk about the 'balance' factor whenever I come across the word, 'leadership' and of course, this factor is not given importance as against other qualities of leadership. People miss this word 'balance' to be included in the curriculum of leadership when they teach about leadership. It is the most essential quality that a leader should possess.

In a real world scenario, an individual has to play different roles like professional, father, teacher, friend, to name a few. He cannot follow a defined set of rules to resolve the issues he confronts in his journey. He should deal accordingly with different people. He cannot demonstrate a professional behavior to his family or to a friend. A balanced approach comes into the frame now and it is the only approach to make him move up his career ladder. For a leader, there are no defined set of rules to be followed in his career path and he has to frame dynamic rules himself to deal with different people in different ways, which depends on the person whom he deals with. Suppose he is working for a reputed organization, even if he is at the top of the hierarchy, he should be able to remove his management coat and condescend down to the level of his subordinates. He should be capable of prioritizing his commitments so that at the end of the day he must have satisfied all his stakeholders of life.


Put a management cap and look from the management perspective, you will be surprised to see that the same applies for management also. A manager cannot stick on to a defined set of rules to take a management decisions. Say, he cannot deal with Chinese and Americans in the same way as there are a lot of factors need to be considered like culture, emotional quotient etc. Again the balance factor comes into frame and it is the one and only way to get through.


Now, here comes the most valuable truth which if followed would give you astonishing results. Imagine that you are in a position to solve a particular problem and you are given with a set of standards or procedures to follow to get a better result. What will you do now? If you are to follow the set of procedures or standards blindly, then that will serve its purpose but would not nourish your mind (technically, brain!). You need to come out with your own set of ideas to solve that particular problem and in turn you will come to know why such procedures have been provided to you. In this way, you can train your mind to think, as said by Albert Einstein and innovate productively for your organization.


You might wonder why I am taking you to a different track instead of traveling in the ‘balance’ subject track. Here is the answer. Okay, now you have come up with your own set of ideas to solve that problem. What can be done now? The next step is to compare your logic with the standards or procedures that are readily available. Resonate your ideas with standards and try to improve your own ideas up to the standards level, if you think your ideas lag behind the current standards. Now, you are maintaining a balance between your thinking and the standards. A question might flash in your mind. Anyway I am going to follow the standards then why should I think by myself? The answer is obvious. How do you think people developed standards? A standard is nothing but a product obtained after continuous refinement of an idea or set of ideas. If your idea exceeds our current standard then happily you can help your organization refine the current standards to improve productivity. Common sense and logic plays a vital role in developing an organization.


A leader has to be a role model for the rest of him and he should be a confidant, who develops confident in his team and superiors that if a work is delegated to him, he would complete it with perfection. He should approach and be approachable with ease. The more hearts he conquers the more he moves up the corporate ladder. After all, even if he is at the top of the ladder, he should remain the same sweet guy as when he was at the bottom!!!
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