In my opinion
If we are truly interested in the organizational growth and excellence, it is crucial to tap into collective wisdom and to the brainpower of many. Modern leadership is not about forcing people to execute one’s vision. The more there are brains working to solve problem, the more likely it is that the best solution is found in a shorter time. This is pretty simple math.
It is also good to note that by committing employees to the company – by letting them co-create the vision – the leader is not deemed to take all of the pressure of the progress by him- or herself.
To excel now and in the future
- The organization must get better in the things it is good at
- The organization must be willing to try learning, creating, and innovating something new that has demand I.e. someone is willing to pay for.
“Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.”Steve Jobs
What if the organization focuses just on the another one?
If the organization focuses on just getting better in where it is good at, there will be a time when our product/service will be obsolete. Think for a second about Kodak, Blockbuster, Reader’s Digest…
“Intellectual property has the shelf life of a banana.”Bill Gates
If the organization uses too much time just on innovating and never releases a product or service, there is a risk that someone will go out and steal the business opportunity. It is also possible that in reality there is no market available or the world just is not ready yet for the product/service. The latter two scenarios usually happen only if the strategic market research has been done poorly.
“Observe due measure, for right timing is in all things the most important factor.”Hesiod
It is absolutely crucial to understand that the timing is the most important factor in business and growth: because customer demand is the key factor. Even if we had the perfect team with the perfect idea, business-model, and execution, there is no value without demand.
The role of an ever better leader
- The great modern leader is a servant of employees,
- who creates an atmosphere of trust and fellowship,
- where passionate people are able to reach their potential,
- with proper incentives to make miracles happen
- while making sure that the company is profitable.
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
* : Co-creating the vision can get awesome results, but only if the organization is a high performing one. If people are not passionate and fully committed, the leader’s vision is crucial for the organization to survive. In an organization that is reactive and lacks motivation, the leader should first uproot possible organizational primal fears and increase motivation and happiness as I have written earlier. Then it is time to communicate the personal vision until the organization is ready to be co-creative.
This posting was inspired by my experiences and by the following TED Talks:
And as a curious reader bonus here is a checklist you can share, print and check all that apply: