a leader what are your biggest issues today? Take a paper and quickly jot down
your most pressing concerns.
you see patterns in them? If you were to categorize your concerns will they fall
into common buckets? The concern buckets may also become the pillar of success.
Let us review the list you have.
pillars of leadership that in numerous theories have explained share the basic
common factors even if their order and interactions vary.
The first pillar of course is the Goal. Are you
seeing concerns in goals not being met, a vision not shared, results not
achieved? This is the pillar they come under. The problems manifest and come to light in
this place. Their growth, revenues, profits, the increase to stakeholder value
and new products in the marketplace to everything under the world economy
comprises of the goal.
The second pillar is the Strategy – the process and how things work. All strategies and
tactics used to achieve the goals come here. In these challenging and uncertain
times, the right strategies can help create disruption. Therefore, a bulk of
leadership concerns also arise at this pillar.
The third pillar is the most complex
and intangible dimension. This belongs to the People. The entire human
element of an Organization comes here - the way people feel, behave, work, the
the question is while you look at the problems, do your decisions offer
piecemeal solutions at the pillar level?
that perspective to see the pillars as a single entity. The Goal depends on
Strategy and People build them. In leadership, there is a fourth element which
we don’t consider. When it comes to the solutions you want the goal, people and
process to improve. But there is a huge hole here because you forgot YOU - the
Do you ask yourself, what can I do to ensure my people work together to build strategies that will deliver the goals?
Self’ is often the neglected Cinderella among the more flamboyant cousins of
culture and strategy. Paradoxical it may seem, but self - leadership precedes
strategy and culture. While problems manifest in Goals, the search for their
solutions should begin in Self.
leadership means addressing all four areas in the required sequence.
else, you will be a donut leader.
A donut leader is one who does not realise the role he plays both in the problem and in the solution. He takes himself out of the picture by being blind to his role as part of the team, essentially creating a massive hole in the centre of this wholesome field of leadership. By digging a hole due to lack of self-awareness, he becomes a donut leader.
time you write your concerns, become aware of how you are part of the problem
and therefore how can you move towards a solution.