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A Modern Perspective on the dancing guy

The Oxford Dictionary defines leadership as: “The action of leading a group of people or an organization’; “The state or position of being a leader’.

I prefer the persona version of a leader – the inventor, the investor, and the evangelist.

Most of you have seen the video of “The dancing guy” which went viral on the SM with caption about leadership or in a training room with comment about the leader and the importance of the early adoptive ones in making movements. Inspiring … right?

I wrote this article to encourage thinking, observations, and discussion about the modern leadership, motivating all businessmen, managers, employees to think of themselves as …. Leaders.

Demystifying Leadership

1. The first rule of Fight Club - You do not talk about Fight Club

Real leaders do not set out to become leaders. Few days back I asked my cheerful and polite 15-year-old cousin who had presumably just watched a Simon Sinek TED talk on How great leaders inspire action

  • What do you want to become in life? Me asking
  • I want to be a leader”, He responded
  • Leader of what?” – I asked.
  • I Do not care, as long as I am in charge

Leadership is not and has never been about influence or authority. My cousin’s perspective (above) not only defines a skewed view of modern leadership, but also the not-so-subtle difference between narcissism and camaraderie. Leaders simply set out to achieve what they believe is their version of success and passion. Walk, and the shadow follows.

2. Leadership is not greatness

Let us demystify the ‘aura’. Being a leader today is considered identical with being a winner.
 
Though it is sweet and nice to rightly admire great people, and even aspire to be one, not every great person is a leader, and not every leader is a great person.
 
The key difference is privacy and objectivity.
 
Leadership and Greatness, both involve overcoming obstacles, fighting fears, and eventually winning.
 
But in the case of the leader, those failures tend to be particularly public.
 
Followers, donors, media, everyone who is willing to pounce on any weakness.
 
The dancing guy (video) starts a revolution; “is he destined for greatness?”, that is the question we need to ask.
2. Leadership is not greatness

3. Being the Lunatic

Guts! Yes, you read that right. Leaders look ridiculous almost always at the start and often branded a lunatic.
(Wright Bros – the press was reluctant initially to even acknowledge their achievement… similarly; “Post-It” notes where a failed experiment led to its creation).
 
This crazy guy is going to change the world, and that is what he eventually did.
 
This quality demonstrates commitment; good leaders keeps reminding others, through their words, or actions in this case (video), about commitment to fun.
 
Absolutely critical for inspiring followers and keeping team motivated, in no part of the video we see him backing down.

4. Trusts his people’s expertise and communicates effectively

A good leader is not only sure and confident of his/her abilities, but he / She also is more poised and confident in their team’s ability.

Leaders have historically shown that entrusting and empowering the team to succeed relies heavily on communication.

Leaders thrive on humility, the very moment he / she notices a corrective scenario, they instantly act on it.

However, they are cautious and avoids micromanagement like the Covid-19.

Mind you, super articulate word geniuses are not necessarily exceptional communicators.

What would you prefer-Gentleman- the rotundity of the left rear circular hoop has vanished, or Hey Mister, you have got a flat tire?

Trusts his people’s expertise and communicates effectively

5. Momentum and commitment, even beyond the first song

The best leaders are devoted and zealous about their vision even when things have smoothened, and the ball is rolling. We can say that this characteristic comes naturally. However, for some, it requires more effort.  Even when things seem easier and cozy great leaders keep reminding their team/followers about the ultimate self-actualization (read Maslow’s hierarchy of needs), emphasizing commitment and exemplifying culture. Leaders also don the hat of culture champions, even if they are aware of it or not. The dancing guy is in the middle of the crowd, and yes, he is still dancing his life out
5. Momentum and commitment, even beyond the first song

Can you corroborate the points above?

Remember, leaders recognize their teams, and teams admire them.

Conclusion...

The leader figure has been always been mixed up within our collective consciousness with power, greatness, and superheroes.  Is it changing? we need to demystify it, teach it and think new ways  

Leadership is not a rank, it is not a position, it is a choice … In Pinnacle we help you set your mind to take the choice, take the accountability and responsibility about …. Your team.

The coaching and training programs in pinnacle will help you whatever your position, your rank to become leader.

Pinnacle® is a multi-country consultancy firm. Our consultants are spread around the world coming from the tough developing markets where change is constant; we are diverse organization with 70% of our consultant’s women and many nationalities. We have built our organization on modern business model with agility, diversity, and resilience to the business dynamics. We have chosen our technology platform to support our modern mindset thus we work from anywhere …. As work is not a place anymore. We implement Lean Six Sigma in everything we do whether internally or externally at our client sites. 
This article is written by:
kshitij-prabhu
Kshitij Prabhu
Pinnacle Associate Consultant Business Strategy
Pinnacle Ltd.

Pinnacle Ltd. is a multi-countries modern consultancy firm, with offices around 11 countries in 4 continents, and 28 consultants working remotely and virtually managed.

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