I was about to attend a Financial Investment training where the speaker would be the founder of the company.
Before the training, I noticed that the attendees were seemingly uninterested and noticeably have low energy. However, after the speaker arrived in the venue and started talking, the excitement and energy of the people suddenly improved. The attendees then were obviously enjoying the time participating the training.
“What is different from this person that in just a matter of minutes, he can easily make his attendees participate and enjoy the training?”
So I brainstormed then listed down the certain qualities I noticed about the speaker.
Afterwards, alongside my interest in leadership, I realized that the qualities the speaker has and the qualities good leaders possess are mostly the same.
They have certain and common qualities that set them apart from other speakers and leaders. Those certain and common qualities can not only make their people participate to various types of activities, but also can make them feel they are belong to the organization.
This is the truest and most fundamental idea of leadership. It is the skill of a leader to make his people feel they are belong to the organization so they can do their work passionately and wholeheartedly for the sole purpose: fulfilling the short and long term goals.
What separates between good leaders and normal leaders is their ability to make their people feel they are belong to the organization so they can work wholeheartedly.
Here’s our concern.
What are these good leaders’ qualities that enable them to make a good organization comprised of individuals doing their work without feeling repressed but enjoyment? What are their qualities that can motivate their members to do their work wholeheartedly? What do they do in making their members follow the plan and make actions toward the goals?
Well, here are the things I found common among them.
First, is that they possess a VISION and instill them to the mind of their people.
Before the Financial Training started, the speaker asked the attendees, “Do you want to become a Financial Coach and achieve the kind of lifestyle you deserve?” The vision was clearly stated and instilled to the mind of attendees.
Vision is the starting point of all endeavors and the force that excites the people to perform.
It is same in leadership.
If you want to make your people get their act together, you must assure first that you and your people have only one-same vision.
It is the vision that creates the organization and is the reason why it exists. It serves as the knot that ties each members so no one will leave behind. It serves, also, as the fuel that will keep energy to make actions despite of the setbacks and challenges. Vision is the ending point. It must always present and alive to the mind of his people.
Vision is the WHY of all the actions of your people.
A leader can create a vision easily and effortlessly. But the arduous part is how to instill that VISION into the mind of his people.
Failing to do such will provide detriment outcomes. First, it will bring different and inharmonious actions which are complete waste of effort and time. Second, retaining a member in an organization with different vision is worthless in the long run. You cannot build a great team of basketball with one player playing football.
However, the hurdle to instill your VISION to your people is easy if you understand and possess our second quality which is,
According to James Humes, a speechwriter served for five Presidents,
“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”
I certainly agree with this. No matter how spectacular and magnificent your visions are, if you cannot express and communicate it effectively to your people, then that will remain only an idea in your head.
During the Financial Investment training, the way the speaker communicate to his audience was astounding because of three factors.
First, is because he was congruent between what he knows, what he believes, and what he says. It is similar for being congruent with your mind, body, and soul. What he was saying in front of the people is full of authenticity and one could not able to identify if he was lying. He was not faking what he was saying.
Second, is because he was portraying his intentions. When he was discussing, you could easily understand his intentions through the way he was talking. Part of that is by having an intense voice or tonality. Do you think people will believe your vision if you talk so fast or soft? Another factor is that he was not stuttering while he was talking. Stuttering manifests that you are nervous or not sure about what you are saying.
Lastly, is because of his body language. In our school, we have learned that communication is composed of verbal and non-verbal communication. For a reason that he was not a wimpy-shy-speaker who sit timidly in the corner of the room, he was able to communicate powerfully to the audience.
Well, for most people especially the so-called “management gurus”, those qualities I have discussed are enough to portray the idea behind leadership, to make your people act together, and make actions towards the fulfillment of the goals.
However, I have a strong belief that these are not enough qualities around leadership. I believe that VISION and COMMUNICATION are not sufficient to make your people get their act together. There is much more that can take an organization to a higher level.
Without this third quality, no achievement can ever give the truest fulfillment to a leader. Without this, there is no true leadership nor fulfillment. It is what separates great leaders from normal leaders.
It is the LOVE and COMPASSION to your people.
If you lead your people with much love and compassion, what will happen is that you will be able to make them feel they are belong to an environment where they can express themselves authentically, where they can be truly who they are.
And if that happens, undoubtedly, they will become more vibrant and more motivated to do their work wholeheartedly and passionately.
This is the reason why the leader, solely, is not responsible for the achievement of the organizational goals, it is the people in your organization.
Leader is not responsible for the achievement of the organizational goals. Otherwise, he is responsible for the people who are responsible for the achievement of the organizational goals.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEOPLE, THEN THEY WILL TAKE CARE THE REST!
It is not easy to give the credits and spotlights of achievements to your members.
It is not easy to accept the responsibility when something negative or problem arise.
It is not easy to eat last because you have to wait until all the members have eaten.
It is not easy to protect your people every time.
BUT TRUE LEADERS DO THAT! It is the LOVE and COMPASSION to your people!
I will end this article by a statement of Simon Sinek, who’s been a great inspiration for me. I’ve learned the great extent of my knowledge because of him. He said:
“A person who feels appreciated will always do more than what is expected.”
An individual, who feels loved and appreciated, will do her work happily and wholeheartedly. This results to a more fulfillment not only to the part of your people, but also to you as a leader.