Hello friends here is an article on Leadership per kind courtesy my colleague Rajiv who teaches marketing to Final Semester MBA students. Rajiv has had some rich experience in the corporate world and now much in demand as a corporate trainer. Please read his short article.
Is it more disturbing or shocking could not make out? I am talking about the behaviour of the queen of jungle the lioness in Serengeti. When a new lion takes over the territory of an older one, there is fight in which either the challenger or the current leader of the pride has to retreat. In case the challenger wins the first task he does is to kill all the young ones. This is critical for the lionesses to bear young ones from the new leader faster. The lion’s behaviour though odd to us, the scientist have a logical observation, the culling of the cubs is the nature’s way of preserving the genes of the healthier lions which is critical for the survival of the pride. But what about the lionesses how could they live forget about bearing cubs with this murderer. Now I understand it metaphorically in painful way.
During the 2005 – 08 boom of the market. I was working in team of a very nice person Rohit, he had a team of 20 people reporting into him and was handling a very critical portfolio. Though we all knew that he was a good man, and we loved him for that, but was not a strong leader. Whenever he was pressurized for results, he would shout on us and demanded commitments to be fulfilled by the end of day (usual for sales people) but we knew this was a temporary phase and by the end of the day he would become normal so we would all go out and did what we wanted and return back, knowing fully well that by then all would be normal. Yet we had great admiration for this guy, as he had one great quality that in case on need both personal and professional he was always there for us. So when we all felt that the pressure is genuine or when he used to make an emotional pitch to us, we all used to put more than 100% for him and not for the company. Rohit’s bad luck was that these occasions were few.
Till the times were good all was hunky dowry, like bad times good times don’t last and the downturn of late 2008 was really bad for the business. Here we started lagging behind and a day came when Rohit was side tracked and that day we all felt bad for both him and the reason for which he was shifted, any child could make out that he was demoted on flimsy ground. We all decided that we would not obey the new boss not as a disrespect to him but as a mark of respect to our loved one.
The first day the new guy came, he called the Rohit’s coterie and asked them to meet the HR immediately. This created panic and we all internally decided that this guy meant business and we fell in line with the new boss within hours.
In the hindsight today it makes sense, whether it is the jungle or corporate world a strong leader is required and the followers automatically fall in line.
Thanks Rajiv for this thought provoking article. I am sure our readers may like to add their views.