Stories of leadership are not new to us. We have seen many leaders doing great things in their domains.
By great things, I don’t mean having a big reputation, popularity or several significant achievements in their names. We have a habit of considering leadership in a theatre mode. Stories on big screens or followed and appreciated by mass.
“Leadership is a mindset, character, filled with a willingness to bring change. It’s a process of seasoning an amateur lad into a professional that lives by a definite purpose.” –SunDeep Mehra.
In reality, leadership tastes different, raw, tough, and detailed, and it asks for selfless deeds beyond one’s comfort zones.
Historic Numbers That Talk About Leadership
- A survey by Deloitte found that 86% of executives rate leadership as one of their most urgent and important issues, but only 13% believe they do an excellent job developing leaders.
- According to a report by DDI, companies that invest in leadership development have 1.4 to 2 times more revenue growth compared to companies that don’t invest in leadership development.
- A study by PwC found that 77% of CEOs are quite concerned about the availability of key skills in their organization, including leadership skills.
- In a study by Harvard Business Review, 58% of respondents said that their organization needs to be more effectively developing its leadership pipeline.
- According to a study by Gallup, only 1 in 10 people actually possess the natural talent to be a great leader, while 2 in 10 people have some of the characteristics of a good leader that can be developed.
- In a survey of over 300 HR professionals, 75% said that leadership skills are the most important factor in employee job satisfaction.
By now, you must have realized how massive leadership is. From professional to personal leadership exists in different shapes and sizes.
How Ritesh Honed His Leadership Acumen
Ritesh had just been promoted to the position of team leader at his workplace, and he was eager to prove himself to his colleagues and bosses. Initially, he thought that being a leader would be easy, but he soon realized that leadership requires a lot more than just delegating tasks and giving orders.
Ritesh quickly learned that communication plays a vital role in leadership. Initially, he tried to dictate everything to his team, but he soon realized that there were better approaches than this. He started to listen more actively to his team’s needs, concerns, and ideas. He took time to understand what each team member needed to do their job more effectively and started to communicate these needs effectively. This created more trust and respect among his team, making them more productive and motivated.
Ritesh’s next challenge was to inspire and motivate his team. He understood that leading by example was the best way to achieve this. He worked hard and put in extra hours to show his team that he was committed to the goals and objectives set by the organization. He reinforced values and encouraged innovative thinking. Ritesh’s team members started to take more ownership of their jobs and performed better because of it.
As Ritesh began to lead his team, he encountered several unforeseen challenges, from financial constraints to interpersonal conflicts between team members. Flexibility and resilience are vital skills in these situations, and Ritesh quickly realized that it was important to stay calm and focused under pressure. He looked for solutions to complex challenges and tested multiple options before he made any decisions. This gave him better judgment and made him better at making decisions that were aligned with immediate and long-term goals.
Ritesh continued to develop his leadership skills. He took courses, attended seminars, and read books on leadership. He became well-versed in industry trends and best practices and passed on to his team what he learned. Ritesh encouraged his team members to take the same approach, identify areas for improvement, and work to ensure they continued to grow professionally.
“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan.
Ritesh’s journey to leadership development taught him the importance of effective communication, inspiration, resilience, and continuous learning. He realized that being a good leader did not happen overnight. Still, persistence, effort and a willingness to learn can develop their leadership skills to successfully guide a team toward achieving its goals.