As aggressive as the statement ‘Leadership in Action’ sounds, it’s not as harsh and technical, based on my experiences. It’s generally misunderstood that Leadership is all about “getting people to do things” with the lash of a whip. And, in the end, maybe it is correct (not the lash of a whip part!). But, obviously not by condescending, bribing or coercing.
Just before getting opinionated on Leadership, why not I ask myself this rhetorical question: “Why would anyone want to be led by me?” People have beliefs and they don’t follow anyone blindly. Understanding the psyche of an average team member is what can help me in defining my actions. Being an average team member, I have learnt the fact that the people, who have been a constant guidance throughout, are not the ones with the most credentials. They are people who left an impact and made a difference in my life.
Let me tell you about this protagonist (in his own way), whom I consider to be a true leader. He is the caretaker of this NGO for animals, which I am a part of. Everyday, not only does he look after all the animals in the shelter, he runs around the city rescuing them, treating them, attends promotional meetings, guides and trains the volunteers and takes care of paperwork. Single-handedly!
He has the passion, knowledge, conviction, humility, responsibility, confidence and above all respect, traits of a good leader. I’m amazed seeing his passion and dedication, which has inspired me and many others. For me, this is Leadership and this larger than life personality, the wonderful leader.
As Greg Savage has put across, “It’s what you do that counts. It’s your behaviour that people will remember and emulate. It’s your example that people will follow” - Leadership is Action!