Leaders Are All Fools!

Leadership

Leadership

By Matthew Kwan

Principal Consultant of Adams (www.adamshk.com)

Copyright © 2010.

 

 

Too many of us are under the illusion that people who are in leading positions are leaders.  In my own mind, they are just positional leaders and NOT true leaders at all!  In a lot of cases, these positional leaders are not even possessing the basic qualities of a leader.

 

So who are true leaders?  What leadership is about?  A lot of great authors have already written extensively on this topic.  Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, once replied in a TV programme to a MBA student that “Leaders are those who do the right things…”  I would agree very much from a 50 thousand feet level.  However, I would like to address this topic from a different angle.

 

Leadership, in a business context or any context, is not about the position you hold but the way you act.  We are not talking about your skills and knowledge but how you would react in a given circumstance and environment.  Even a fresh graduate, straight out from college, without any real working experience can be a true leader.  It is not a matter of qualifications as certificates would not help you to become a true leader.   However, I think all successful and respectful leaders are fools and a lot of them are foolishly making extra effort, believing in big and difficult to achieve visions, lowering themselves for the good of the whole, and as well as sacrificing personal belongings to reach new grounds.  In summary these sounds like foolish acts are:

 

1. Running Extra Miles

You will only be a follower if you are not running ahead of the game.  In order to be ahead of the game, it means you need to run not only an extra mile but breaking away from your own competitions.  Even though you are breaking away, it does not mean your competitors may not catch you and overtake you in due time.  So there is no easy way out, you just need to keep running if you want to stay in your leadership position!  I would like to share a mindset I often talk about “you can only know what I know yesterday but not tomorrow as I am moving forward all the time!”

 

2. Seeing Great Visions

Leadership is about leading team, group, department, organization…etc.  However, you can never lead without a vision.  Given any point in time, your vision must be clear enough to lead you towards the right direction with clear outcomes and at the same time being shared with your team.  You cannot be a true leader if your team cannot see what you see!  Though it is a very difficult and sometime painful process, you do not have a choice but to share your visions!

 

3. Being Noble

It is nearly impossible to be a great leader without integrity.  Your followers will only choose to follow you if you are respectful and noble.  Humility is often a function of nobleness.  It sounds very strange in our world today but it works perfectly in many ways!  A noble leader is someone with integrity and who is willing to trade off personal benefits for the sake of the followers and others.  The end result is your followers will follow you unconditionally in return.  I guaranteed you the joy of this if you dare to try!

 

4. Sacrificing Time, Money, Family, Relationships, Life…

Scientists are excellent examples of leaders that do not have positions (…well, until they get recognized and rewarded!).  They generally work very hard and very concentrate in their fields of research with most people thinking they are crazy and wasting time.  Yet they are all leaders in their own fields and often they are sacrificing personal time, money, family and relationships in order to breakthrough and reach new grounds.  True leaders must be prepared to sacrifice if you believe in your visions.  In some extreme cases, you may even be threatened to sacrifice life as your followers and oppositions are reluctant to follow when you are trying so hard to make changes for the good but damaging their personal interests!  Are you really willing?

 

 

 

About the Author

Matthew Kwan is Principal Consultant of Adams Company Limited (www.adamshk.com) responsible for business consulting and enterprise training.  He is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, lecturer, consultant working with enterprises and organizations in both commercial and Christian communities.  He served many years in multi-national companies including Intel, JP Morgan, Jardines with broad experience of Sales & Marketing and Management in multicultural and international settings.

 

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互聯網已成為我們生活的一部份,據相關統計數字於2009年尾顯示,全球用戶逾18億,而中國亦高居榜首,截至20104月份互聯網用戶已超4億。Six Degree of Separation, 奧巴馬的競選宣傳策略, FacebookYouTubeTwitter (或微博) …等等的社交網站 (Social Media/Networks) 不斷創造市場新驚喜。面對這最具潛力又龐大的宣傳廣告平台,市務人員刻不容緩,不能忽視! 如何借力打力,開拓無限市場潛力,發展超然商機創造力呢?最重要有以下幾方面:

1.了解你的目標客戶於社交網站上的特性:

- 那些社交網站是他們經常流連呢?

- 那些是他們最有興趣的群組呢?

2.清楚你於社交網站上可達到的目的

- 究竟是建立人際網絡還是可以硬銷呢?

- 究竟是建立形象還是還是廣發消息?

3.利用社交網站的互動工具達到最大擴張效果

- 上載內容於社交網站時有沒有同時發佈於其他社交網站呢?

- 你的網頁和社交網站上有沒有互動地embed 不同的社交網站上的內容呢?

- 你的網站有沒有充分利用社交網站的分享功能呢?

4.恆久發放資訊保持曝光機會

- 要吸引你的跟隨者,資訊必然要新鮮、相關

- 要建立群體,就要準時和定期回應回覆

社交網站的威力在乎你所傳遞訊息的滲透力,如果你的跟隨者越來越多,你的長遠利益也必然顯著。雖然社交網站的爆發力可以非常強大,但並非頓時必然可見,所以要發揮得淋漓盡致就只得努力嘗試,把握最

Social Media

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關廣智 (www.adamshk.com 首席顧問) Copyright 2010.


互聯網已成為我們生活的一部份,據相關統計數字於2009年尾顯示,全球用戶逾18億,而中國亦高居榜首,截至20104月份互聯網用戶已超4億。Six Degree of Separation, 奧巴馬的競選宣傳策略, FacebookYouTubeTwitter (或微博) …等等的社交網站 (Social Media/Networks) 不斷創造市場新驚喜。面對這最具潛力又龐大的宣傳廣告平台,市務人員刻不容緩,不能忽視! 如何借力打力,開拓無限市場潛力,發展超然商機創造力呢?最重要有以下幾方面:

1.了解你的目標客戶於社交網站上的特性:

- 那些社交網站是他們經常流連呢?

- 那些是他們最有興趣的群組呢?

2.清楚你於社交網站上可達到的目的

- 究竟是建立人際網絡還是可以硬銷呢?

- 究竟是建立形象還是還是廣發消息?

3.利用社交網站的互動工具達到最大擴張效果

- 上載內容於社交網站時有沒有同時發佈於其他社交網站呢?

- 你的網頁和社交網站上有沒有互動地embed 不同的社交網站上的內容呢?

- 你的網站有沒有充分利用社交網站的分享功能呢?

4.恆久發放資訊保持曝光機會

- 要吸引你的跟隨者,資訊必然要新鮮、相關

- 要建立群體,就要準時和定期回應回覆

社交網站的威力在乎你所傳遞訊息的滲透力,如果你的跟隨者越來越多,你的長遠利益也必然顯著。雖然社交網站的爆發力可以非常強大,但並非頓時必然可見,所以要發揮得淋漓盡致就只得努力嘗試,把握最