A lot has been written about leadership characteristics, styles, activities, victories, failures, meaning and anything that can drive book sales.
I will like to add to the library of thought on this, based on my experience with Leaders and Authorities.
Leaders by their very essence are men of action, even when they sometimes come as gifted orators, their words trigger disproportionate action. Their strength lies in the Influence of action. It is therefore typical that when you seek the leader in a team, check individual (value-adding) saturation. They are typically given more to do, because they have a sustainable track record of high performance.
Delegation naturally follows leadership. As responsibilities grow, leaders naturally build the capabilities of teammates. Thus, taking their hands off, yet lending their eyes of experience as a guide.
Leaders understand that failure (pain) is a part of growth. They are ill-equipped for blame game.
Leaders deliver results that foster 360 degree relationships.
Authorities by their very essence are men of reaction. Their strength is in the Power of reaction. It is therefore typical that when you seek the authority in a group, check for the individual that provokes the most fear. They have a track record of disproportionate reaction to failure (pain), willing to cut-off the head, to cure a headache. They spend most of their time reinforcing power, feeding the rumor mill and cutting every thread of courage in their group.
Abdication naturally follow authority. Their hands and eyes are off, but they expect results, leaning on the belief that subordinates clearly understand the consequences of failure, based on past reactions.
They have mastered the art of blame game, they have no time to understand the root causes.
They grind results that eke out vertical relationships.
Authorities quake before superiors. They are stunned when leaders engage.
Authorities offer what they have in abundance – fear.
Leaders offer what they have in abundance – love.
Authorities wait and hope for the metaphoric death of a leader, because leadership dispels fear, a sacred ally. At the death of a leader, authorities erect fables that draw remote links between the leader’s choices and crosses. This gets authorities more sheep – those that will rather live in fear, than die in love.
Authorities in leadership positions reinforce sanctions.
Leaders in authority demystify limiting myths.
In my journey, authorities and leaders have shaped me. I acknowledge the former for their survival instincts and I value the latter for their timeless choices.
– Osasu Oviawe