Vision of Leadership
Leaders create a following. They create a vivid path for their followers so that they can exactly see what they have to achieve and how to get there. Leadership is based on charisma, the leader’s achievement and how appealing is the leader’s views for their followers (DVIR, et al., 2002). The most successful leader is that one that creates a cult following and no matter what happens around them, they will not leave their leader. There are many such individuals who have managed to create such charisma. It is not necessary for all leaders to show their “subjects” the “right” way, or the correct path. The power is in the ability to influence others. The power is in effective communication. The only reason that Hitler, Stalin, Ghengez Khan had such a large following is because they had the ability to communicate with their followers. Their ultimate goal was to kill masses but the reason they were able to actually achieve that is because the created a reasoning and vision for their followers and there was a need for bloodshed. These individuals’ speeches were so effective that they managed to keep their effect on followers and the only way they were able to do that is by igniting emotions among the people. Emotion is what stays with people, and if power is used in the wrong way, it can have detrimental effects.
Google was such a company that started from a garage. These types of stories are what really makes one think how this all happened. It is all about the right opportunity, at the right time with the right kind of leadership. What made Obama win the presidential elections in 2004 was his inspirational, motivational speech. This was the time when people believed that he would change the conventional thinking and methods of the way the government is run.
Source: (THINKR, 2012)
This speech is what made Obama win. He didn’t focus on the differences among people, but he focuses on the fact that there are no Leftists and Rightists, no liberals and conservatives, but there is ONE America. This president runs an organisation that influences the entire world. Hofstede’s analysis on culture can be applied in this sense that Obama knew what kind of emotional culture America had and he had all the points that would trigger sparks in the American public.
Additionally, another individual who has inspired me to be influential and charismatic is Asad Umar. He was the CEO of one of Pakistan’s leading companies, Engro Foods. This man left his salary, income just for the betterment of Pakistan. He gave up the glory just to make a difference in the country, and “leading by example” (Mullins, 2013) stating the fact that monetary benefits are not the only ones that are the most important in the world. He joined Pakistan’s least corrupt party to make a positive difference in the country. This party preaches to earn livelihood via legal and correct ways and it is very important for
How will MBA help in achieving my style of Leadership?
I am trying to achieve all these qualities that inspirational leaders like Ghandi, Obama, Bhagat Singh, Mukhtara Mai had. They had the ability to do something good, if not all, to inspire, to influence, to show people the right way. That is what I would like to achieve in this duration of study. Learning about culture (Hofstede, 1980) and understanding differences between people, studying in an international environment is what will really make me the leader that I want to me. For me, being a leader is not about being in control. For me, it is LEAD BY EXAMPLE. Do so much good and carry out ethical conduct that followers are inclined to adapt your way of work and lifestyle. Being able to motivate is one quality that I want to improve on, and do possess to some extent. Leaders are also highly motivational. There is a reason that sometimes companies stay highly profitable for a really long time; they have great employee reputation, they have great CSR activities. This is because the leaders were successful in outlining the direction and strategy for their subordinates, and the work of the company has been absorbed into the employees’ bloodstreams. That is who I want to be. An inspiration, a leader, a mentor, a friend, a legend, someone that everyone wants to be!
DVIR, T., AVOLIO, B. J. & SHAMIR, B., (2002). IMPACT OF TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP ON FOLLOWER DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE: A Field Experiment. Academy of Management Journal, 45(4), pp. 735-744.
Hofstede, G., (1980). Motivation, leadership, and organization: Do American theories apply abroad?. Organizational Dynamics, 9(1), pp. 42-63.
Mullins, L. J., (2013). Management and Organisational Behaviour. 10 ed. s.l.:Pearson.
THINKR, (2012). The Speech that Made Obama President. [Online]
Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFPwDe22CoY
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