Written by Jerry Riley
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 00:00
Then are several leadership styles: Charismatic Leadership, Participative Leadership, Situational Leadership, Transactional Leadership, Transformational Leadership, The Quiet Leader and Servant Leadership, for example.
Some leaders are feared, a few are respected. Many do more harm than good. Very few leaders inspire the people they are trying to lead, for various reasons - and what a revolting development that is.
A leader may share traits with a piece of string. Think about it. If you get the committee behind you, you can pull them slowly along, but, if you try to push them, like string, they will just bunch up in your way, turning what might have been a good idea into simply a personal issue. If they do follow you as you pull slowly, don’t get in a hurry and try to speed things up. You might just become known as a jerk.
Since some people say I am not a team player, maybe I can make some observations from outside. Some leaders seem to want the prestige of being in charge, but, have no idea, how, or maybe no desire to, lead.
Some think they need to be in total control, so committee chairmen just become figure heads. Maybe they confuse being in control with being in charge. Maybe, some fear if they allow chairmen to actually be in control, they will no longer be in charge. Sometimes people who could be leaders simply choose not to, since some followers won’t follow, so the leader is stuck doing all the work.
Yeah, this can also be considered micro-managing. A bureaucratic waste of man - well, people - power.
Jerry Riley comments for the News Bulletin. He is a retired telecommunications supervisor.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 13:30