Not in Defense of Leaders

Not in Defense of Leaders


Humans have widely different behavior profiles. Some people show behaviors of dominance and influence in widely varying percentages. Other people have tendency for stability and are cautious and therefore fear change. Other people may be influencers and may only concerned for completing tasks regardless how they achieve their tasks. In this widely varying assortment teaming these people would create instability. People who aspire for stability will find it difficult to adjust. It is the leaders’ job to accept the risks of having a turbulent team. The leader must have insights on peoples’ behaviors and how best to accommodate them. But is there a guideline for leaders to do so? How would the leaders reduce risk resulting from a mix of different profiles in one pot and be able to fuse them towards achieving a goal?

Those questions percolated in my mind following the great discussions on my previous buzz. Is there a metaphor or analogy that would help in answering my questions? A leader is the sunshine of a team and the team is like the earth orbiting the sun. The earth varies in topography, composition, location or whatever and the sun is the sun. The leader is the source of sunlight for the earth. It is the source of its energy for direct use or for utilization by plants to produce our food. The sun is responsible for what climate we have on earth. Weather is caused by movement or transfer of heat energy from the sun, which influences temperature, humidity, precipitation, cloud cover, wind speed and wind directions. Leaders play a great role in determining what kind of life we may experience on the earth of teams..

It is the dilemma. Sunshine provides us with energy around which our lives orbit. But it is this energy that makes the weather unpredictable. A small change in solar radiation or the place on which this radiation falls may lead to the butterfly effect in which small changes in solar radiation may lead to tornadoes or volcanoes.

Humans working in a team are like the earth because of the varying profiles of the team members. The leader shines, but only to find out that a tornado occurred in the team. Can a team leader predict the outcome of a small decision he/she makes?

Leaders who are not because they lack trust, self-interested, devoid of authenticity, rigid in their thinking and other lowly traits are running a team as if they were not there. The team lacks sunlight. There is no energy in the team and no life in it.

Having a sunshine-like leader doesn’t guarantee success. Like the weather is influenced by many factors, so are the teams. The response of the different team profiles to the sunshine shall be different. A small change in the profiles may result in big and unpredicted changes. Not only that sunshine is known to affect moods and the effect of the sunshine leader is bound to affect the mood of the team members. A great leader realizes that in order to make the team as homogeneous as possible he/she interacts with the team members; opens up for them for people don’t like ambiguity. The leader also adapts his communication styles as deems necessary and develops a healthy attitude. For this reason the leader uses all senses to probe people and therefore is available for help whenever needed. The leader appreciates creativity and welcomes new ideas. The leader has no pride in admitting mistakes and taking responsibility for them. The leader expects deviations because he/she realizes that the topography of the team varies.

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However; no matter how hard a leader tries unpredictability is there because of the complexity of human behavior. The leader has no power on the butterfly effects and must therefore learn by trial and error. In our fast moving world that is becoming less tolerant for mistakes how much breathing time does a leader have to try and learn from error? No wonder the stress of leadership is increasing.

A leader who is leading complexity is the sunshine acting as energy provider. But on what earth (team) if falls is out of the leader’s control. Are leaders the victim of their sun shining?


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#64
this is a shrewd observation. I invite Javier \ud83d\udc1d beBee gto consider.

Martin Wright

Martin Wright

3 years ago #54

#63
on linkedin there is a group called "The Unfluencers" founded by Debesh Choudhury. A large proportion of that group also comment and write on bebee. We are not exactly leaders but we are not followers either.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#62
interesting observation as no one has mentioned this issue beforr. Could you elaborate more Martin Wright?

Martin Wright

Martin Wright

3 years ago #52

#59
strangely enough if you cross reference those on bebee with those on linked then you might find the proportion of shadow leaders higher on bebee.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#60
not only you struggle with them Joanne Gardocki. I also concur with you that shadow leaders is a misnomer. They aren't part of the official organization. When some employees are frustrated, but unable to express their PoV they discretely group together. I shall think of a better name for them and shall write soon on this topic.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#58
Martin Wright- can we call them shadow leaders for two reasons? First in emulation of shadow organizations. Second for being in the shadow theie sunlight isn't seen. You raise agreat issue here. From studying the social networks of an organization we may deduce who talks to whom and who consults whom. This might be the indirect sunlight of the shadow leaders. I am keen to hear your voice on these issues. Thank you

Martin Wright

Martin Wright

3 years ago #49

The common assumption is that there are leaders and followers, but i propose there are some who are neither, They seem not to lead but seem to follow their own path. They influence without meaning to and occasionally emerge as the voice of dissent and sometimes reason. But for marketing people they are the hardest to reach.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

If you are leading marketing or sales this buzz is also intended for you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#54
Kevin Baker- the biggest reality is people. To understand them a leader must understand their psychology. Youvare right.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
great point Yolanda \u00c1vila M\u00e1rquez. Remember that when a leader loses trust people tend to form shadow teams. These teams have their hidden power. It is the leaders' responsibility to align people towards a grand purpose and to win the team's hearts. When alignment is missing people go in their own directions and subteams form. Is this satisfying for you? Just remember how apple revived.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Louise Smith- great teachers are great leaders. Do you find this buzz relevant to teaching?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#50
will do soon. I have promised Joanne Gardocki for your interest.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#48
you might end up writing a buzz based on these comments Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal. What does Proma mean? For sure not Roma

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

3 years ago #42

I am humbled by your kind comment, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. I will surely read the previous comments, as I am certain, they will add to my learning, greatly.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#46
one thing I want to say to you my dear Proma \ud83d\udc1d Nautiyal. It is you make feel writing is worthy and therefore you urge me to continue writing. I love the noble way you express yourself. You have probed my mind by highlighting that the topograhy of teams is uneven. That you paused on this makes me very happy. I am sure Proma that if your time would allow to read previous comments that your enlightenmeny would be more than doubled.

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

Proma 🐝 Nautiyal

3 years ago #40

This is indeed the buzz I needed to read, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee. You have described the traits of not only a successful leader but also an empathetic one using yet another extraordinary analogy. Sometimes, a checklist pattern is required to understand the do's and don'ts of any role. Especially for complex roles. You wove a beautiful story like checklist for successful leadership. So easy to understand, process, and hopefully implement. The line, "The leader expects deviations because he/she realizes that the topography of the team varies." inspires me to understand and accept that everyone won't be performing at the same level but to make the best out of the situation using smart delegation (with respect to our last conversation over your last buzz). Thank you so much once again, for these gem of buzzes.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#44
Thank you dear Sara Jacobovici. You know well how important your comments are for me because I trust what you say. I am so relieved to your approval of the main idea of my buzz.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

3 years ago #38

Thank you Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for another opportunity to look at how to approach the complexity of human nature and the impact of change. In the following paragraph regarding leadership, I believe you include all crucial elements that provide for the best framework for leadership; adaptation, awareness of our sensory engagement with others and our environment, creativity and responsibility. "The leader also adapts his communication styles as deems necessary and develops a healthy attitude. For this reason the leader uses all senses to probe people and therefore is available for help whenever needed. The leader appreciates creativity and welcomes new ideas. The leader has no pride in admitting mistakes and taking responsibility for them."

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #37

#40
You describe what i call successful leadership. The watching of a young team member who is gathering confidence and then when ready takes the point. I have then succeeded in quality leadership. Driving when necessary and stepping back when warranted. You have a great view of the process. Joanne Gardocki

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#40
. I am privileged indeed that the buzz drew such a high quality comment from you Joanne Gardocki. I shall be lying if I do not admit that your comment spurred two ideas in my mind. Yes, the quality of comments is amazing. You raise so many interesting points. One point is take leadership for granted. Fish take water for grsnted. Only taking fish out of water will make them realize the value of water. Leadership is not different. Your writing liquid leadership is so inspirational and I can just now right a buzz on it. What liquid? How viscous is the liquid? Is it a liquid crystal? Just to keep my reply short I stop here. Debasish Majumder you should feel proud for your contributions.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
I only hope you share us some of your thoughts when they settle Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello. I thank you for your appreciation. The comments feedback also sent my mind with many thoughts that I feel it like a rotating barrel in my head.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
Harvey Lloyd like you did.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #33

#36
Your context was missed. I was referring to the team dynamic and purpose. Individual team members do fall of the grid due to personal circumstances. In private you can support their efforts to overcome, through paid leave, reduced loads and the network will pick up their slack as they are valued member of the team. I agree and practice these concepts. I was, i guess, reading your comment as a team member who is uninspired and unmotivated as a matter of habit not situation.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #32

#33
I gratefully stand corrected Harvey Lloyd. I have seen many a good leader bolster a member when they are going through tough times. That's what I meant by my #10 comment; the top leader reflects their light upon the middle or team-leaders, this in turn delegates further some that someone, carefully chosen, reflects that light on that light to re-kindle workers in doubt, crisis or mis-understanding. But, I have never run a company over more than 15 or 20!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
just beauty here and it makes my mind glow

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#32
you amaze me with yojt great examples dear Debasish Majumder mentioned in his following comment #33. A leader can't create glow, but he can increase the glow if it is already there. Youdid

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #29

#31
"For those of us who need light when ours is extinguished, our 'leader' should be able to rekindle it, no?" Lisa Vanderburg this is a very loaded question and cuts to the heart of a great misunderstanding of leadership. Leaders can only grow a light that already exists within an individual. Secondarily team members have to be willing/wanting to grow that light. To rekindle, install or otherwise create something from nothing is beyond the scope of leadership. Leadership has to assume, sometimes to their detriment, that light exists and that your presence within their team states, you want to grow that light. Again, DiSC helps leaders untangle your question to discover available light and unfortunately, darkness. Leaders facilitate and focus that which exists. Beyond that you get into physical/spiritual issues of why light is not present. To venture into this beyond the periphery is a rabbit hole that can end very badly for all. Light, as your question implies, is personal. A leader can demonstrate ways to grow it, focus it and be rewarded by it, only in the context of the purpose of the team, company goals. To stay on track with the metaphor. Team members need to show up with their own flashlight and batteries charge. With all the different flashlights the leader can form an exploration that enhances the light and increase its performance. A leader can charge batteries, but the bulb is not included, brought separately you.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #28

#29
you know far better than me sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, when water being di-electric, how Chrenkov radiation works! it is truly a great bonanza for us to be having you in free state(!) to enrich ourselves. really, lone electron can makes the true difference.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #27

#17
Aw...shucks, you know me too well dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee's comments, I'm going to set all sciency with you...a leader must know only create the light, they must create it within those around them (note the lack of him/her...PC sucks!). For those of us who need light when ours is extinguished, our 'leader' should be able to rekindle it, no?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
I mentioned a similar idea in my previous buzz my dear friend Edward Lewellen.. I talked about trivalency in magnetic elements and the trivalency of WPD Factor. You see we talk the same language. I concur fully with your superb comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#26
There are many ways to make people glow my dear Debasish Majumder this is also for your consideration. Amazing are the ideas generated from these comments. I am really thrilled.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#25
This ties will with the comment od Debasish Majumder for I feel I am glowing by your comments.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #23

i mean to say sir that leaders with their moving electrons helps to glow by releasing photons, as similar to neon lights used for business purposes. extremely relevant buzz sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee where leaders are instrumental to bring changes in an available fabric.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #22

#20
In leadership activities, we teach, shine the sun. But at some point the team must begin the journey of producing their own light. Leaders provide the right amount of sunshine that creates interdependence. Too much light and we create co-dependant atmospheres. To little light and the momentum of the team will not be sufficient to carry them through to final light producing activities.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#23
WOW! This is another inspiration my dear Debasish Majumder will love your comment as I did.

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #20

lovely insight sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! i am excited by citing such lovely metaphor. aurora borealis is a classic example where the sunshine excites atoms to reader such lovely aura! what an amazing renditions. equally, leaders are vivid examples of their phenomenal potentials to glow and stimulate other to glow too. however, enjoyed read and shared sir. thank you for the share.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
I sent you a private message to your beBee box Harvey Lloyd. I want to thank you for you are shining with your comments. I don't mind orbiting around you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
A great point dear Edward Lewellen. Yes, this is quite fitting with the analogy. Oh, I am going to build soon on your great inspiration.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
You are expanding more than ever the use of the sunshine metaphor Harvey Lloyd. If a person would like to improve then he/she must be aware of his/her profile. Like you mentioned "... many S or C profiles they are oblivious to the fact that they just blocked someone else's sun". The realization that they do this must make them willing to listen from open people. This way they improve and therefore may improve others. Just another thought crossed my mind- sun brightness may turn some people blind. A great leader knows when to hide from the sun. That is when to leave the teams alone without interruption. For the work to progress a leader knows when it is night time and his absence is desirable. Many thoughts are dancing in my head.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #16

#14
Well from my construction days not only did we have names but some really bad problem solving skills. Lets leave the past in the past. To use your blocking of the sun visual, i am amazed at when this happens how natural folks respond in recognition of the blocking. For sun blockers, they come in one of two forms. Oblivious and intentional. An individual is trying to throw the light of the leader on themselves and off of someone else. Or in the case of many S or C profiles they are oblivious to the fact that they just blocked someone else's sun. This is where DiSc helps delineate. Most of the time as a leader you know who blocked and who is in the shadows of the discussion. Open up a dialogue, in the same meeting, with the person standing in the shade, letting them know you are interested in their review of the discussion by sunblocker. Carefully observe the two people, body language, word choice and other indicators will let you know if blocking was intentional and the person in the shade was offended and received as such. This is important as a leader. If such behaviour is showing in front of me, whats happening when i am not observing? Intentional is dealt with pretty harshly if i see it. First in private with a note that says this is the only private warning they get. Next time i will play the game with them in a public forum, and it won't be pretty. (lose-lose, but point will be made.)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Harvey Lloyd wrote on one of my recent buzzes. A leader should be natural. There are differences between natural rubber and synthetic rubbers. There are differences between natural D vitamin and the manufactured one. Sun supplies us with energy. It is how we use this energy. Different profiles don't absorb this energy equally. A leader is the one who makes use of these differences. A lousy leader widens the differences. You summed these facts and many others in your very eloquent writing "A leader must find common properties that when exposed to varying profiles each can draw from the energy and produce from their position". You have a sharp mind my friend.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #14

#12
ooh missed that...must check it out! Thanks Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee!

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #13

Your opening paragraph set a visual that made the rest of the read survive the storms and hurricanes in my visual. I got a great laugh out of my own thoughts. I had to reread it without that visual. I drew from your analogy many points. The sun is constant and measurable, the earth does not consider variables in the sun but sets only expectations of performance within the physics that are known. The earth complies with these physical laws. All that to state the single point i gained. Leadership should appear natural, constant and measurable from every vantage point of profiles in play. The sun hits a leaf and the leaf uses it for their advantage, as well as the sun hitting the ocean and warming waters for life as well as a part of our own vitamin D production. A leader must find common properties that when exposed to varying profiles each can draw from the energy and produce from their position. I think it foolish to believe that we could achieve the perfection of nature in its complexity, but if only we hit 10% of that perfection our organization can thrive better.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
What is amazing Harvey Lloyd is your asking me "...where in the world do you get this energy of inquiry"? This is really interesting for it was the exchange of comments between you and I on my previous buzz that triggered that idea of this buzz. You wrote in one of your comments there that 0.0001% difference could be the difference between great leaders and good leaders. I wanted to show your correctness. Leaders who cloud the atmosphere and stop others from seeing the sunshine- what do you call them?

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #11

I must ask the question that is on everyone's mind, where in the world do you get this energy of inquiry? We may have discovered an endless supply of free energy. You should be studied. Great questions and more importantly questions that go beyond the skill of a leader to their vision of responsibilities that are all variables. Unfortunately there are no 3-5-7 steps to great leadership. There is really only a POV that is fluid, dynamic and very "present minded driven". There are truths in leadership, but how these get displayed through our personality profiles is the variable you inquire. I enjoy your style as it implies that each leader's journey is different born of the truths. I am working with a manager who has indicated they want to join the leadership team and is having great difficulty in understanding the management "rules" must be exercised within a constant state of variables, while leading others. I have not mastered this process by any means but realized many years ago that these variables and our meeting them in real time accurately and succinctly is the difference between good leaders and great leaders.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Amazing synchronicity dear Lisa Vanderburg and I almost wrote the same what you correctly say in your comment. A great leader makes others feel they him/her.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #9

#4
A perfect expression of leadership Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee, 'I believe attempting to lead them into clarity will assist my own process.' All through the echelons of leadership, this is a vital component to keep oneself 'grounded'. Well said and knock those young minds outta the park!

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #8

A great leader realizes the necessity of delegation; they should appoint this task with all the fervent thought, wisdom, discernment and reverence they would place their own child's well-being into. Seems to me a great leader never rules alone and rightly so, for integrity lost is the price of too much power.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
I tell you Yolanda \u00c1vila M\u00e1rquez that your comment is like a sunlight for me and no one can eclipse it. Bravo and you are opening new ideas in my head. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
I have no option but to agree completely with your comment Yolanda \u00c1vila M\u00e1rquez. Glad you find the analogy agreeable to you. Yes, some leaders instead of being sunshine they become eclipsed by their own ego and so don't shine others.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Very well-said Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee "I believe attempting to lead them into clarity will assist my own process". Homogeneity is needed, but one should be careful to not get immersed into group thinking.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Working with a team is only one kind of leader. I chose to seek out those of like-mind in RL. I find, if I lead at all, that it is by example. I am extremely excited to be speaking to students this evening. I believe attempting to lead them into clarity will assist my own process.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
This is a brilliant comment Laurent Boscherini. Many leaders get intoxicated by their own success as they move from one peak of success to another. SOme leaders tend to think that without them the organization would die. Sometimes success is the toxin. I will read the suggested link in your illuminating comment. Thank you.

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

3 years ago #2

Thank you dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee for sharing your excellent post, as one of the most difficult question to comment, obviously.That prominent problem with many groups of highly intelligent people is that high intelligence makes it possible to deceive oneself more effectively, so they have pointless corporate and social conflict and issues. Let me highly recommend you reading "Leadership and Self Deception" (Henceforth "L&SD") by the Arbinger Institute.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

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