The Pyramid and Balance Scorecard of Leaders

The Pyramid and Balance Scorecard of Leaders

My previous buzz on the traits of leaders drew some mind-boggling comments. As much as frequently we use the word leader still there is no agreement of defining what the differentiating traits of great leaders. The comments made me think that if we visualize our approaches to who great leaders are then it may be easier to exchange thoughts on this topic. Here is the conclusion of my attempts.

I find it inspirational to try to figure out the balance scorecard for leaders. A leader who has the capacity to think creatively and combined with the right mindset, character and emotional intelligence shall be in a position to gain the trust of his followers or team members. The effect of this is that he/she shall be able to influence and persuade his followers with his vision. Employees will then be on course to work as teams and improve the internal processes. They shall be effective and efficient. Because of these attributes the teams shall engage in their work, work as a cohesive team and be happy to work. Because of this the happy and coherent employees shall be able to serve the customers more efficiently and effectively. Because of this the customers shall not only be loyal and repeat customers; equally well they shall influence and persuade their friend to follow steps and deal with the company. No wonder then revenues will increase and profits will increase as well.

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It is possible now to couple the leaders’ balance scorecard with a modified Maslow’s Pyramid of needs. This pyramid needs modification to suit the needs of leaders to become great leaders. The basic needs center around first having a vision and the character mindset and emotional intelligence to pools followers to the magnetism of his/her vision and character. This way a leader has a built-in influence that shall help in persuading others to follow with zeal and engagement. Those basic traits will then need to be addressed toward fulfilling the vision with purposeful actions. The leader needs to have communication skills. These skills in turn and with the help of trust that resulted between the leader and followers to allow for β€œremote supervision” by allowing the team members to self-organize and be accountable for their work without hesitation. A long as the leader keeps leading with empathy the work shall proceed by learning and without fear of making mistakes because it is by making mistakes that they become stronger.

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I am hoping that these visuals will better our focus of discussions on who are the great leaders.

I dedicate this humble buzz to a distinguished lady. I dedicate it toΒ Lisa Morganweck’sΒ  for her comments on my shared buzzes on LinkedIn prompted me to write this effort. Her mindset, character, integrity and emotional intelligence are greater than what I may express in the written words.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#39
thank you for your assuring comment. I am writing from Istanbul and will ela ornate more when back home late tomorrow

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
I thrive. On your appreciation Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
By giving examples of genuine people with empathy such as CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit we understand better who a leader is.

Lisa Vanderburg L

Lisa Vanderburg

3 years ago #30

King Soloman [2 Chronicles 1] asked God (on invitation) for wisdom and knowledge, towhit he was granted. Now if he had also asked for descernment as well, that would have brought him leadership with empathy and compassion, as is the top of your pyramid, IMHO. You Sir, embody that. A rare quality I see also in the likes of Harvey Lloyd & others. I know nothing of this process, but I know intelligent humiliy and the effect when I see it!

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

Leading article

Liesbeth Leysen, MSc. beBee Global Brand Ambassador

Great article, a highly valuable compass on leadership. By No means leaders are perfect humans but if they do their utmost best to make a difference, they Will inspire their crew to do the same. Leadership skills can also be found among the crew members and needs to be seen. But at least one person should Steer the ship in the right direction. You did this with your article, Thank youAli \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Thank you Tausif Mundrawala for highlighting who isn't a leader. Yes, all your points are valid. A leader should keep the team's cohesiveness and not the other way round by losing empathy and considerations for others. You wrote "One can't be redundant with old policies which become benchmark for all to follow". This is in accordance with what CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit commented earlier. Recalibration to have higher standard and not lower standard of leadership.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#28
Precisely, as great leaders have it in them intrinsically to be aware of self. They take accountability of what they do. If they face problems they become stronger than they were before. No way they shall be stronger if fear prevails. I love your suggestion and I see strong reason why self-awareness should be placed where you suggest Harvey Lloyd. I am sketching the pyramid as you suggested to give a deeper look.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#27
Great leaders are great because they keep their traits in spite of stress, cynicism or whatever challenge they face dear . Ordinary people might lose empathy or have their emotional intelligence eroded, but great leaders strive to keep these traits.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #24

#23
I would switch vision and character and then add to the bottom self awareness. A leader who is self aware of their shadow traits and how they impact their ego/persona will greatly enhance their character. More importantly self awareness will take the stop value out of fear, when we become aware what is putting it there. One self awareness trait i have found most useful is the vision is always only 50%. I cant know everything before i start. I must begin and learn along the way. Implying that unintended consequences are a part of the journey. If this is built in to my vision then i no longer fear these events, we manage through them. I find irony in the human leader. In discussing topics confidence exudes. But the weak leader folds when the law of unintended consequences shows up. This element of leadership is where we sharpen our skills and communications. If we get angry at them we lose the learning.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The exchange of comments here between @CityVP 🐝 Manjit and myself has "erupted" in @Bill King writing a great buzz that is worthy of your reading time. The buzz is titled "Tales from Paradise" (The Poem), Chapter 2" https://www.bebee.com/producer/@randall-burns/tales-from-paradise-the-poem-chapter-2#c8 I strongly recommend this buzz for you for it shall help with your mind recalibration.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

The exchange of comments here between CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit writing a great buzz that is worthy of your reading time. The buzz is titled "Tales from Paradise" (The Poem), Chapter 2" https://www.bebee.com/producer/Bill Stankiewicz, \ud83d\udc1d Brand Ambassador I strongly advise readers to read this buzz for it shall help you recalibrate your minds!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Great and I am in full agreement

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#22
The number one critical factors that stop great leaders from moving on is fear as you indeed highlighted in your accomplished comment. In your opinion Harvey Lloydleaders with brave hearts has this as an innate trait or it can be learned? I think at part of overcoming fear is skill. Leaders who are fearful shall not be extraordinary leaders. To this I agree fully. May be the pyramid be adjusted to include what stops leaders with the potential to be great is the issue. I am thinking about how to best to include it in the pyramid. This is a great idea as one possibility to marry the Leaders' Pyramid with another one focusing on what stops leaders being great.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #19

A great thought process as we look at the various skills and priorities of leadership. These skills are indeed some the most leaned on within success. If i might add the other side of the pyramid. What inhibits people from becoming great leaders. I used to think it was the lack of the skills you have eloquently mentioned here. I have now come to understand that basic fear people carry inhibit them from seeing what to lead. Your pyramid explains the skills but these skills must be applied to a portion/segment of the organization. Why and how we apply them is guided by our openness to visual understanding or our fears.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #18

#19
As Bill Kingsaid " If we change the standard it's a new calibration. The standard within a human being is a human beings relationship with virtue. Calibrating our virtue is a life in the making, one where the calibration takes us to our own new standard of practical wisdom.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#18
Would it be possible to re-calibrate our minds? And to what standard? Thank you Bill King would comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Your and we may need not only to recalibrate our words, but also actions that we do based on those thoughts. Recalibration is a word that should comment is an awakening call for all of us. Do we need to recalibrate our minds only, or our actions as well? I suppose as we recalibeate our minds our actions would also be calibrated. Calibration is a word that I expect to appeal to Bill King and I guess he would add his thoughts on this as well.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
Precisesly CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjitband and your comments explains even to me what I look for organic metaphors. This is to be with the laws of nature. Mechanical thinking is irrelevant to our complex world and you are correct. I greatly appreciate your kind words and I am flattered.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #14

#10
The idea of calibration occurred to me as I was reading this buzz and immediately I have placed it in my own learning pathway. "Learning" is the ultimate mind recalibration, even when it occurs as a reaction to being solitary - because ending up on one's own is still in relationship to others - so as a group or as an individual learning is the recalibration. Calibration as a subset of learning takes me off the marketing meme - where we creating image and illusion with our mind, rather than re-calibrating our mind because of relationship rather than because of image. Image and illusion is what the world has cast upon us, but mind recalibration can be viewed as a relationship with something we commonly refer to as authentic. Whatever reality really is and whatever images it may create to recalibrate our mind means it is synonymous with learning but there is a greater good within that recalibration and that greater good is "Freedom".

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #13

#10
The idea of calibration occurred to me as I was reading this buzz and immediately I have placed it in my own learning pathway. "Learning" is the ultimate mind recalibration, even when it occurs as a reaction to being solitary - because ending up on one's own is still in relationship to others - so as a group or as an individual leanring is the recalibration - and calibration as a subset of learning takes me off the marketing meme - where we creating image and illusion with our mind, rather than re-calibrating our mind because of relationship rather than because of image. Image and illusion is what the world has cast upon us, but mind recalibration can be viewed as a relationship with something we commonly refer to as authentic. Whatever reality really is and whatever images it may create to recalibrate our mind means it is synonymous with learning but there is a greater good within that recalibration and that greater good is "Freedom".

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #12

#9
The living aspect of existence is organic and as we calibrate the mechanical, we should be able to more wisely succeed in transforming the mechanic to the organic. What this means is that we put life into lens we hold up to either interpret or shape the thinking we use to transform our world. There is a great wisdom in that - it also may reverse the traditional approach of creating a theory and observing practice, whereas calibration is taking practice and illuminating the theory. You are already in proceeding in that direction because much of your writing and thinking is already complexity based - therefore you are a great example of an individual who is constantly calibrating. The calibration is most evident in the way you relate to and absorb comments.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
This humility is a sign of a great leader Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

I have always resisted becoming a leader. My mistake. A big one. Perhaps that will change.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Do you consider this as a form of mind-re-calibration CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit? This is a hot issue on its own. I want also to thank you for sharing this buzz. This means a lot to me my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
The idea of re calibration is so appealing to me. I believe if I way find a way to develop the calibrated balanced score card then it shall fit more with your thoughts CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. What do you think my friend?

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #7

Just to give you an example of a very minuscule recalibration, I originally placed this buzz in my BLUE (Managerial Pathway) but I now question why I automatically make management synonymous with leadership. While there is a symbiotic relationship between management and leadership, I have recalibrated my managerial pathway to be focused around work and recalibrated leadership not as a managerial pathway but an educational pathway. Hence why I have switched this buzz from my BLUE HIVE to my CityVP GRAY HIVE. That is just a very minor example of recalibration. The chief learning I have taken away is a new found focus now of my own purpose as personal and professional calibration.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #6

#6
Yes, the foundation like a garden needs constant tending and what balances on top is a property of that. I would like to refer to this foundational work as personal and professional recalibration. Instead of building professional brands on top of sand, the lesson here for me is to focus on constant recalibration, and that includes values that we individually were unaware of or worse deliberately ignorant of. That is what makes a learning pathway foundational, an organic life is constantly recalibrating itself, so spiritual, psychological and cognitive recalibration should be a part of that contribution, if not a scorecard.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Few years back I wrote a presentation called StocDoc titled "Balancing the Imbalanced Scorecard". I wish had access to it today more than any time before. So, your comments resonates with me CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit. It is not enough to have a balanced acorecard,; more is having it stay balanced. I agree with you. You highlight politics and irrationality as main factors. I add bloated self-value of leaders who lose their balance with time. If the "Internal;" element of leadership is distorted what is built on shall only be the same and even weaker. You explain for me Manjit why we have so rare great leaders.

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #4

The reality of work is that it is not a smooth body of perfect leadership that deserves the epitaph "Great Leader". I use the word epitaph deliberately because epitaph means "a phrase or statement written in memory of a person who has died, especially as an inscription on a tombstone". The question becomes with all our mighty focus on "great leaders" why are there so many tombstones to this ideal state? IMHO the reason is that leadership is only a smooth body when we isolate the best of leadership, but the actual body of leadership found in the common grounds of leadership practice actually consists far more of a great big hairy arse that no one likes to speak of - or at least those that do speak of it, are not generally listened to, let alone noticed or taken heed of. The two most common cheeks of this hairy arse are irrationality & politics. We need to get to what imbalances the balance scorecard of leadership before we can even reach that balanced scorecard as a practical reality. Anyone who knows a great leader in West Toronto, I would love to work with them or for them but even when I have found such a person, they are often surrounded by a political quagmire of people who plot to take down such a leader. That is why I would love to meet someone that I can work with directly who is a bonafide great leader, because that leader has survived the urban jungle of leadership. Let us take the President of the United States - if what I know to be true at the grassroots level is not true, then we would have seen in our lifetime the greatest President that ever lived, who then would be replaced by an even greater President be it female or male. That is simply not the reality that we see. Instead of this Pyramid and Balance Scorecard of Leaders, we have a Funnel and Imbalanced Scorecard of Leadership. We need to clean up the mythologies that great leadership floats on and open up that Pandora;s Box to let out the abject realities that leads to the epitaph.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
Thank you for your "balanced" comment dear Debasish Majumder and for sharing the buzz as well.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I greatly appreciate your comment Bill King. You raise a hugely important point in that the balanced Scorecard of leaders has the virtue of minimizing wastes in all its forms. Time waste by employees being engaged and focused and doing the right things right. Material waste, ideas waste and any form of waste one may think of. Your point is essential. I thank you also for being the first to comment on and share this buzz

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #1

lovely enriching buzz Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

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