What can we liken a great leader to?
A Prime Mover that pulls huge trailers carrying precious cargo to a predetermined destination. The prime mover has all the critical components for movement – engine, driver, fuel, windshield, wipers, headlights, navigation pedals, dashboard and others.
The Prime Mover determines the direction, pace and efficacy. If it stalls or lands into a ditch, the trailer (followers) just follow with religious loyalty.
But for the Prime Mover to effectively lead the trailer there has to be effective connection ensure that communication is harmonised. The Prime Mover over is primarily responsible for movement. In organizations this means development, growth, change and transformation.
A leader is the engine which provides the necessary thrust along the journey. He is the fuel tank of motivation, the drive that determines the passion, vigour, commitment and personal responsibility at the workplace.
An institution is simply the extended shadow of its leadership… Ralph Wado Emmerson.
The truth is that as the driver the leader determines the pace, direction and the overall results
The buck stops at leadership.
What can make the prime mover leave behind the trailer? Disengagement. A leader who is not keen on engendering the right relationships with individuals and teams risks disengaging them. It’s possible for an autocratic leader to deride himself that he is in control of things simply because targets are being met. The reality is that results may not be sustainable in the long term when individuals and teams disengage as a result of threats, intimidation, lethargy, lack of motivation and an ambiguous career path
Suffice it to say that a leader cannot give what he doesn’t have. If you have not clearly internalized the corporate vision, mission and core values, if you have not fully understood the strategic objectives of the organization then your sight is blurred. You may ignorantly be communicating and submitting a foggy and blurred image of the future. You have failed to adequately answer the following questions regarding the future destiny;
Where are we now?
Where are we going next?
When do we arrive there?
What happens on arrival?
What is in it for me personally?
In my dialect the prime mover is referred to as the ‘head’. This head may be seen as the mind that creates the destiny. And the fish rots from the head.
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