In a world fixated on the safe mediocrity of the status quo, easy targets of discourse, simplistic thinking, and the relentless pursuit of “get rich quick”, “self-help” and materialistic consumption, leadership suffers a dismal demise. In fact, there are fewer examples than ever before. America has a leadership deficit. Any contemplation of such, strains for valiant, heroic and forthright examples across the social spectrum.
For the few who strive, leaders must always endeavor for balance in their personal life. By duty, discipline and consistent devotion to principles put into practice, one avoids the distractions of a devolving culture. Such is the regression of societal obsession with materiality, consumption and excessive gain. Leadership is a “Spartan” existence. That is a notion of austere insistence on pursuing perfection beyond possession.
The conception applies to every aspect of life, as well as facing one’s final departure. Likewise, organizational life exemplifies a serious focus on the matters at hand, aside from personal defect, or shortcomings. While many whine, some unwind the complexity of their weaknesses and ascend to higher places. Thinking is the primacy of making personal transitions. What is each moment worth for the sake of betterment?
What is the value of time that ends at some unknown point of finality? It is not so much the journey, as it is who is on the quest and what he or she becomes along the way. The “family”, the “brotherhood-sisterhood”, the authentic sense of camaraderie, works toward harmonious interaction in the promotion of mutually inclusive goals. All “members”, of whatever “team”, work in harmony for productive unison.
However, the majority will resist in various ways, some overtly divisive, and others more covertly. Yet, the leader, and those who willingly follow, know there place, and must endeavor to avoid strife with each other. Purposely, each strides to show respect, follow necessary rules when possible, and obey the orderly necessity of interactions, in order to protect the “family organization’s” mission. Detractors will be watching.
Historically, from ancient times to the present, human interactions at every level of engagement remain a difficult challenge. Warring factions will always be present in some form or another, as dangers come from internal and external interferences. Diversions and discordant intentions, from inadequate personalities may “attack” without warning.
Leaders stay vigilant and look for signs of dissent, infiltration and adverse compromise. Leadership encourages each to act with a sense of equality, fairness and equity toward others. Realistic blunt honesty, openness and analytic rationality are preferred to immature “feel-good” platitudes. Silly cliches risk and threat analysis expert witness, bumper sticker slogans and simplistic “psychology” are counter by the value of reason over emotionalism.
The easy conjecture of facetious assertions, wrought with simple-minded analogies, prove nothing in the end, except counterproductive digressions. In association with that by contrast, most meetings and gatherings waste precious time. Frequent “get-togethers” typically offer dissenting options for prolonged gripe sessions. Complaining, criticizing and gripping about one thing or another seldom solves problems.
On the other hand, critical analysis through insightful and in-depth thinking, based on reason and evidence, has greater potential. Within the conception of the whole, each must be led to devote oneself to the service of others selflessly. Primarily, this is instigated by more enlightened and evolved thinking processes. For the sake of these undertakings, wisdom transcends the arrogant selfishness of biases perspectives.
To aid in this learning process, leaders must be work diligently to be competent, assertive and demonstrate by example. They must motivate others toward individual, group and organizational effectiveness given their respective roles and responsibilities. The management of the organization in every extended sense is the responsibility of everyone who functions within it. Systems work when people work.
Organizations fail when people fail to be responsible and accountable, and none can survive for very long without leadership. Unless everyone works together toward the harmony of the entire framework of interaction, the organization, the community and the society will devolve. Once again, getting people to change and ascend to greater levels is difficult. Humans are different from each other in many ways.
Diverse with a variety of wants, desires, and purposes, no one is the same as another. We cannot expect everyone to see the world in the same way. Each is at a place where he or she is either evolving or devolving. Individually, and in groups, or sub-units, they can be cold, calculating, and cruel. Although selfish, arrogant and counterproductive, everyone has a unique responsibility as part of an association. Likewise, everyone ought to be held accountable for his or her lazy, slothful and illicit performances.
Regardless, everyone is different in his or her perspective, beliefs and particular presence at a point in time, they are no less liable for their behaviors. Everyone is always responsible for what they say and do, and how they treat others. There are no excuses for misbehavior, especially within a legitimate organizational environment. Rationalizing inappropriate actions reflects selfish satiation for personal gain. Sometimes, part of leadership involves leaders spending time to ensure the equity of responsibility, and especially accountability for everyone in a particular setting.