In Focus Mark Denisse A. De Jesus

Leadership and Its Strength

Leaders are always thinking about the future of the organization-- its longevity and success. Things are being questioned especially if a leader truly leads. From the time he/she wakes up until he/she reaches his/her bed. Building an organization is easy but maintaining and strengthening it is always a difficult task.

Mark Denisse A. De Jesus

GC + HH = SO

Leaders are always thinking about the future of the organization– its longevity and success. Things are being questioned especially if a leader truly leads. From the time he/she wakes up until he/she reaches his/her bed. Building an organization is easy but maintaining and strengthening it is always a difficult task.

A house is always built on a strong foundation. It is erected on concrete ground, not on sand. Like a house, an organization has to be built on a strong foundation and its pillars are the people who are working within it. Its strength is always dependent on them.

Normally, when the organization falls, the members are being blamed and their performances are being questioned. Actually, an organization is a construction site where different people are doing different things for one goal—to successfully erect a building. When one of these units suddenly stopped, it will only cause delay and worst construction will cease. A leader will not let this happen because, for her/him, this means failure. The initial reaction of the leader will be his/her way of leading the team. Most of them will react badly when failure occurs and most commonly, blaming everything on the members.

The question is “Are the members the ones to be blamed?”

Let’s go back to the topic of “failure”. We have to consider these questions: Why did failure occur? What happened? What did the member do to prevent the failure from happening? Did I (leader) do something to help? Did I (leader) do something wrong which became the cause of our failure? What was wrong about our plan? Do I have to blame them (members) or the way we did our job?

The questions above are some of the things that a leader should ask. It is like evaluating things before making a judgment or decision on something. Directing or manning an organization is not a joke. It is a responsibility. Reaching a goal is a collaborative effort. It is a process. It involves both the leader and the members or his/her subordinates.

Members are the primary ground of the organization. They assure that the organization is working and is moving well while the leader maintains the stability of the organization by looking after the members not by blaming them. Members have to be given proper attention like checking their needs—health, and other provisions. They have to be motivated positively and rectified constructively.

It is the primary role of the leader to make sure that the working lines are properly taken care of. The leader must set the goal and motivate the whole organization to work hard to reach their endgame. The leader, however, must be respected just like how they respect their subordinates. He/she must be treated like a family member, a father/mother, and an elder sibling.

Reaching a goal is a collaborative effort which means it involves both the leader and the members. The goal is the driving force of the organization. It is their destination and their efforts and cooperation are their fuels. A strong organization (SO) is always dependent on how the members work and do their job and how the leader manages and looks after his/her teammates. The group collaboration (GC) and the helping hands (HH) of the leader and his/her teammates determine the strength of the organization, most especially, it’s future. #DM

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