Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Leadership

Leadership is the art of convincing people that the state of the world is not chaos. Chaos is actually a good thing if guided. It creates change and hence growth. The leader takes and shapes chaos to create the illusion of order.

Why illusion?

Illusion or perception for the reason that order is a goal to strive for and not a destination in itself. Equilibrium, the state of order that most seek is in fact a form of stagnation. The leader leads through creative change, not in maintaining the status quo. The leader and the administrator are thus distinguished. The leader makes waves and alters the course of flow. The Administrator seeks to force an equilibrium. The issue is that it takes more effort to maintain the state of a system then it does to move it to a higher level.

Controlling chaos within accepted bounds is the realm of the leader. This is an skill based on two simple factors:

  • Professional Judgment, and
  • Boldness.
The true difficulty is that simple tasks are the most difficult.

Professional Judgment is purposeful. Boldness is based on calculated risk. Together these lead to a form of stewardship where an leader not only maintains a sound foundation but introduces growth.

What the administrator who seeks equilibrium forgets is that staying in one place is truly moving backwards. This requires that the leader forms obtainable goals and is decisive in this quest.

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