Leadership & Redundancy

Profits. Topline. Bottomline. Data points that outlay the very purpose of an organization. Visible indices to enterprise success and, therefore, leadership.

But I’d argue that there really is more to leadership than just those indices. For, those indices represent the outcome. The end. It is the not-so-visible means that characterizes leadership best.

Two key aspects define the means – one that is about ‘how’ things are being done. It involves managing, delegating and orchestrating effective, collective execution & delivery of tasks to achieve organizational goals.

The other is the ‘sentiment’ behind how things are being done. This involves empathy, encouragement, mentoring.

While the first is important, the second is what can truly make a radical difference to an organization. It is really what makes an organization world class.

When we talk about leadership, we typically tend to think of people who occupy the chair of the highest office in the organizational hierarchy. We tend to think of powerful CEOs and leaders like Jack Welch, Bill Gates, and so on.

Truth is that leadership is relevant for positions all the way down from that CEO chair till you actually run out of people.

Truth is that Leadership is about what we do. Yes, you and me. Not always about what the CEO does.

Leadership is about dealing with people reporting to you in a way that they are motivated, challenged, inspired, productive and happy. It is all about tapping that motivation, enthusiasm and happiness and aligning it with the objectives of your organization. Even if those objectives are less formidable KRAs assigned to you and your team.

Leadership is about investing in people who report to you. It’s about coaching and teaching them the ropes. Giving them all the tools to perform. About getting them to think. Training them, giving them direction.  Getting them committed. It’s about getting people empowered.

Leadership is less about you. More about those looking up to you.

Leadership is a job much like that of a make-up man at the sets. You have to do things to make other people look good – and success can only be convincing if your contribution is downplayed.

Leadership, in the end, is about mentoring, understanding strengths, about unlocking capability, about tapping latent potential, about making achievers. It is about creating more leaders, making more people who can be as effective, if not more, than you.

It is all about making your role redundant.

When you do that, when you step aside and create people worthy of the glory of achievement that you deflect to them, then you become a great leader.

That is your reward.


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Categories: Human Resources, Workplace Reality

Author:Jaisundar Venkat

Jaisundar Venkat is a process professional specialized in Business Process Management. Jaisundar leads BPM Consulting at a large technology firm and is on a mission to help companies achieve the fundamental promise of BPM. His areas of interest include BPM, CRM, SFA, Sales Performance Optimization, Corporate Performance Management and general IT industry developments & trends. He writes on these topics at his own blog, BouncingThoughts.com and also writes for a few popular sites specializing on Business Technology trends, specifically the crucial intersection between Business and IT.

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6 Comments on “Leadership & Redundancy”

  1. June 19, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    great post!!!

  2. June 20, 2012 at 1:07 am #

    100% agreed.

  3. Jeanne Roué-Taylor
    June 20, 2012 at 9:07 am #

    It can easily be the nature of a human to prevent any member of their team from becoming too strong and being a challenge to their leadership. They talk about themselves and their achievements instead of what you recommend here, which ruins their reputation and achieves the opposite of what they seek…security and power.

    Great piece.

  4. Srsh
    June 20, 2012 at 10:14 am #

    The make up man should consciously communicate to his actor ‘ You are the one, who is going to do it’ and be honest about his coaching and feedback…

  5. June 21, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Leadership truth at ground level. Where it impacts the most.


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