We looked to see if there were any kernels of truth about leadership—-the marrow, if you will, of leadership behavior. Perhaps others would look elsewhere; for us, four major themes slowly developed, four areas of competency, four types of human handling skills.
-Strategy I: attention through vision
-Strategy II: meaning through communication
-Strategy III: trust through positioning
-Strategy IV: the deployment of self through (1) positive self-regard and (2) the Wallenda factor
Leadership seems to be the marshaling of skills possessed by a majority but used by a minority. But it’s something that can be learned by anyone, taught to everyone, denied to no one.
Only a few will lead nations, but more will lead companies. Many more will lead departments or small groups. Those who aren’t department heads will be supervisors. Those who follow on the assembly sine may lead at the union hall. Like other complex skills, some people start out with more fully formed abilities than others. But what we determined is that the four ‘managements’ can be learned, developed, and improved upon. And like fine wine, these competencies are the distilled essence of something much larger—-peace, productivity, and perhaps freedom itself.
The authors comment, “leadership seems to be the marshaling of skills possessed by a majority but used by the minority”, may be true, but it is hard to identify that is the case. The reason, as I wrote about some time ago, the term “monkey see, monkey do” applies more often than not. One example, of many, is the employee who complained about their boss’s behavior, and repeated that behavior when they became a supervisor.
Yes, it’s not “rocket science” but for some reasons, not always identifiable, leadership skills are not easily taught, even to those who know how they would like to be treated. Once they are “knighted” with the title, they quickly forget and revert back to the behavior they previously would have been unhappy with. The “human condition” is affected by so many life situations that predicting leadership ability is difficult. Mine, for example, was the Army.
The Strategies For Taking Charge
Attention Through Vision