Archive for June, 2010
What does it take to create a motivated organization, one which feels charged with a mission to achieve something great? It takes a leader, someone who can verbally paint an image that people are attracted to and are willing to devote their efforts to achieve. It takes someone like yourself, but who has learned and mastered the skills of leadership through real life practice and experience, again and again.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one such leader. He inspired an oppressed people to dream and aspire to a better life, one in which they were treated as equals by the ruling class: a life in which the ruling race lived up to its explicit promises. The US Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and ’60’s was not his alone – but in a 16 minute speech, Dr. King was able to capture the imagination and the heart of the majority of American citizens. How did he do that? Commitment to the vision was essential, but there are four critical elements that he successfully communicated to his followers.
Without clear and convincing leadership, there can not be effective management. That’s an important statement, so let’s say it again: without clear and convincing leadership, there can not be effective management.
Why is this true? Well, principally, management is about directing growth to support leadership. As we saw in the last episode, nature resists stability: there is only growth and decline. And who would willingly choose decline? I’m sure I wouldn’t and I doubt you would either. In fact, we have a huge medical establishment to which we pay enormous amounts of money, the sole purpose of which is to help us to resist the decline that will inevitably come as we age. So we want growth and we are willing to pay dearly to get it.