Today was the first day of my two-day seminar in Management. I thought to myself this was probably going to be one of those seminars about management, theories, principles and blah blah. I think I have attended a lot already and I was not expecting much of it. I was hoping I'd learn something new though.
Our first exercise was to group ourselves in five and do some sharing. We were to say our name and tell the group how long we've been with the company and then think of an object that could best describe us as a leader. We were five in the group and the other four managers described themselves as a mirror, a magnifying lense, a peg in a puzzle and a goose. They had their reasons of course. When it was my turn to share all I could think about was a beacon of light, like a lighthouse.
As a leader or a manager, I see myself as a torch of light that illuminates over the people as they go about their daily task, a light that guides them to the right direction. It could be in a form of encouragement, mentoring, technical support, or coaching. It is my duty to keep my light as bright as I could and take good care of it so that it will always be well lighted.
Suddenly I was again made aware of the great responsibility I had over my team. Am I just a manager or a leader? If I were not in my position would these people still follow me? If I were just me would they still listen to what I was saying?
If you are a manager then you probably know how busy our days are like. Our work life is measured in terms of success rate, timelines and goals. But every successful project or every goal achieved could not have happened without the most important part of leadership and that is the people. Without them, we wouldn't be called leaders.
There are no hard or fast rules about becoming a good leader, although there have been a lot of books written about it, it does not guarantee success. And I have read quite a lot too!
John Quincy Adams says, "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more then you are a leader."