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Two Ways of Getting Followership

A human can be made to follow another human in one of two ways.

  1. When followership is not a long term requirement, using strategies to engineer such followership are effective. Usually such followership never lasts beyond a short period of time. 
  2. Leaders who get automatic followership do not really spend much time thinking about obtaining it. However, they do need followers for their mission to be effective in large scale. Usually they stick to their mission and inspire using their thoughts, actions and results they are able to demonstrate. Followership is automatic.

Silence Is A Golden Strategy

SilenceSilence is a perfectly appropriate option in certain situations. The truth is that silence communicates. It does so very powerfully when used right. The expectation (rightly so) is that a leader should be decisive and should not be afraid of speaking out his/her decisions. Some young leaders misunderstand this expectation as the need to provide opinion even in the middle of transactions. Some of them also feel very impulsive about it and fear compromising their leadership image/ position if they did not speak out. Sometimes there is pressure from the followers to make the leader say or do something. Smart leaders understand all this. They use silence when and where it is appropriate.

பழக்கத்திற்கு அடிமை ஆகாதே! - ஐரோப்பிய குட்டி கதை

குட்டி கதைஒரு நாள் ஒருவன் அவன் வீட்டுப் பரணைச் சுத்தம் செய்து கொண்டிருந்தான். அப்போது அதுவரை அவன் கவனித்திராத ஒரு புத்தகத்தைக் கண்டெடுத்தான்.

அது ஒரு மிகப் பழைய புத்தகம். பக்கங்கள் மஞ்சள் படிந்து மடித்துப் போயிருந்தன. பக்கங்களைத் திருப்புகையில் மிகக் கவனம் தேவையிருந்தது. இல்லாவிட்டால் பக்கங்கள் உதிரத் தொடங்கின.

அவன் அந்தப் புத்தகம் மந்திர மாயங்களைப் பற்றியது என்று அறிந்து கொண்டான். எத்தனையோ முறை படிக்க முயன்றும் அவன் ஒரே ஒரு பத்தியில் உள்ள கருத்தை மட்டும் தெரிந்து கொள்ள முடிந்தது. மற்றவை அவனுக்குப் புரியவில்லை.

Expectations Drive Accountability

In A ShellA team walks into trouble with eyes open. The team is full of well meaning people. The key questions to ask are 'How to navigate back to course?', 'What are some leadership traits that will accelerate course correction?', 'How to sustain the accountability of the team?'

Unexpected failures happen only because of mindless risktakes. Such a failure usually results in immediate loss of credibility. A sense of urgency to get back to course as soon as possible builds up and intensifies.

Mistakes Are Always In The Past

RafikiFirst of all we are talking about well meaning leaders in this blog and not about villains and criminals. So we can boldly make the statement that forms the title of the post. Mistakes are different from villainous mischief and intentional crime.

I want to quote a recent Calvin and Hobbes strip I enjoyed (and learnt from it as well). Calvin steals Susie's most loved doll (intentional mischief). Susie is aghast. Calvin sends a ransom note that is properly signed (childish mistake). Susie takes revenge, She takes Hobbes away. Calvin realizes his mistake of underestimating Susie's potential to retaliate.

Rhythm Of Life And Resistance To Change

ResistanceWhen a human transitions into any socially and/or emotionally acceptable situation from a position of discomfort, for some time he or she goes through a period of enjoying that perceivably stable state of equilibirium. This is the honeymooning period of enjoying a success. The success of having escaped from some previous discomfort or an unstable state of equilibirium in life. However, humans also tend to get bored quickly with new position and comforts. The honeymoon eventually ends. Natural tendency after this honeymoon is to aspire for further improvement of quality of life. This aspiration soon builds up into discomfort with the current environment that was once enjoyable. We move back into an unstable state of equilibirium. During this rhythm of life, stimulus to change appears in one of the following forms

Emotional Self Awareness

Emotional IntelligenceAnybody wanting to lead relationships (professional or personal) has to be fully aware of ones own emotional state at all times. Otherwise, it is just impossible to respond to stimulus in a manner that is worthy of a leader.

பொறாமை உணர்ச்சி

இந்தத் தலைப்பில் (மே மாதம் 2010) 'நீயா நானா' நிகழ்ச்சியில் வழக்கத்திற்கு மாறாக ஏறக்குறைய குடுமிப் பிடி சண்டை போட்டுக் கொண்டிருந்தார்கள். அதைக் கவனித்த போது எனக்குத் தோன்றிய சில கருத்துகள்.

பொறாமை என்பது தனக்கும் பிறருக்கும் வேண்டாத விளைவுகளை ஏற்படுத்தக் கூடிய ஒரு நெகுதி (negative) உணர்வு. ஆதங்கம், வருத்தம், கவலை முதலிய உணர்வுகளுக்கும் பொறாமைக்கும் இடையே ஒரு மெல்லிய இடைவெளியே உள்ளது.