22. January 2016 11:45
An art of inspiring people towards a collective goal.
Leaders are born and not made in factories. A true leader is a driver and an initiator. His way of leading is not by power but by inspiring his fellowmen. A leader plays a vital role in the formation of his subordinates’ life’s goals. True leadership rests in forming allies and not turning people into antagonists. What are great leaders made of? They are made of resilience and strong character. They can never be deterred from their mission. They create drive and a surge amongst people to achieve the vision that they have set for them. They make their employees or fellow workers feel safe in their territory of values. They nurture dreams but not at the cost of others’ happiness. A leader possess a focus of an eagle to achieve and an attitude of a steel to go through the roughness of the path and most importantly an emotional intelligence of a parent to provide a safe surrounding to his employees so that they can flourish in his presence. Ninety percent of big firms of the world are investing in growing their leadership to attain the highest level of job satisfaction. A good and healthy organization is built on sound and able leadership. Leaders don’t do things differently, they inspire people to do things atypically. They dominate by their virtue and they partner with people to attain higher sense of commitment from them. A leader is very humane, but he can be singled out from the crowd by his collaborative ways, his emotional intelligence and his ability to bring the best in the people working for and with him. Leaders do not impose their opinions on others but they seek alternate perspective for a situation and thus imbibing the changing trends in their people and in themselves. To support, collaborate, empathize, inspire and follow a result oriented approach is the essence and pivot of an established leadership in any organization. Leaders can be so powerful that they can influence people from all over the world. Great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela have not only created a stir among their countrymen but moved the people internationally to align them to the vision which they wanted to establish. Their charisma extents not only to the principles that they harbor but the implementation of those principles in their own life. The thin line of difference between a powerful leader and an autocrat is the liberty of thought he/she gives to his/her followers. An autocrat would work on the power of designation and a leader would work on the power of his thought. To channelize the energies of the fellowmen and mold the different temperaments in one direction is the art of a leader. Leadership is all about growing each day, as a leader has a challenge to prove himself/herself to his followers with each new day. A person cannot declare himself as a leader, he or she has to rise to that level where his persona gives him/her the credit of being the one. A leader exhibits high morale during crisis and sense of accountability and make his people motivated towards the change that follows. An impartial attitude for this fellowmen and ability to say the stark truth in order to show transparency is the onus of a leader , as he / she is not obliged by anybody but is striving for a higher goal. In his journey to achieve the goal he is not entitled to impress anyone or to be a feel-good factor to the team. It does not necessarily mean that a leader has to be arrogant or aggressive towards his co-workers in order to make them motivated, but he has to be subtle in his measures to give the support when he is needed and hold the hands of the team members who are fumbling to reach their targets. A constructive feedback is the essence of an able leadership. A timely intervention to save the ship and a far sighted approach in order to sense the danger much before it arrives are the true colors of a leader and it would not only save him but his team from the shackles of unaccounted circumstances .
Leaders do not talk of themselves but of the team, the goals, the vision and the people. They strive towards the goals of their team and help each team member to attain a sense of fulfillment throughout this process.
Leaders do not create followers; they create Leaders !
9. January 2016 16:24
It was way back in the year 2007 when Shilpa Shetty and Jade Goody had a heated argument on a popular reality show of Britain and it took a sudden rage of racism and community biases to create a new furor internationally and people came out of their closet to support Shilpa Shetty, most of them were the Indian diaspora. The television reality show not only boosted its popularity but it also sent out a very strong message of a united nation, a nation that thrives on its cultural diversity. A scripted set up, all celebrity contestants and some weird concept of showing either the talent, bravery or the art. Be it a dance show or a thriller or a music contest the popularity in any form is more than the fictitious soap opera. Although these shows were initially carved out for creating a definite segment of the entertainment and the end goal was to make business out of them, however with the increasing number of such shows and the wider range of audience who can watch them without any censored content, that, they have become a paradigm. The quizzes and the talent shows are most popular of the bandwagon. These reality shows are all about common man, his relationship with the stars whom he adores and worship and his relationship with another common man who go ahead and become a star. The participants gain publicity both positive and negative, which largely is the work of their display of their own character. The stand-up comedians are household names now, as they somehow pulls the viewers from their monotonous lives and soak the audience in their mirth and jokes. People like to be tickled and enjoy the happiness flowing in their living rooms at just a click of a button.
The viewers not only feel connected with a particular performer or participant, because he/she had risen from amongst them, but they start associating themselves with that person and gradually that larger than life image of a common man rule the hearts. The audience love and loathe a participant with all sincerity of their emotions. The digital media thrives on this and they create and destroys the image of the person or a show. Sometimes, the emotions exhibited by the contestants are fake, scripted and totally to gain TVTs for the show. The pretentious sentiments are like a bait to get more viewership and to gain a soft corner in the audience’s heart, with all the tears and frenzied debates. The audience are bound to take sides and vote them and stand up by them, albeit they are unaware about the trap they were thrown into. Sometimes it is not only the audience but the organizers of these shows who find themselves in the deep down controversies which may take an international shape at times when the governments have to intervene to protect the rights of their citizens on the show. The entire game to attain popularity by the show and by the contestant takes a bad turn when either or both of them try to manipulate the situations and capitalize on them leading to a bad image. Reality shows are about realistic attributes like courage, determination and poise in extreme circumstances, sometimes a participant wins the heart of the audience by losing the game and rises to fame manifold whereas the winner fails to create an impact. The reality T.V. shows have made it a possibility for a common man to become a star and enjoy stardom with his/her talent. The phenomenon of becoming a star has changed altogether with the advent of reality shows. It has given the short lived and fake stars to us as well as talented and versatile stars which could have been lost in the crowd otherwise. The entertainment industry is going through a transition from soap opera and fictitious plots to hardcore reality. The reality is prevailing and so are the people who are the outcome of this set up. This concept has yielded a lot and has taken a lot too with its ugly side being so devastating for the sentimental audience. TV reality shows have gained a substantial segment in the industry as they are the shows that are run by the common man from the audience.