This blog is about the leader as warrior. Or maybe better why the leader is not the warrior. It’s not about the leader, but about those who are led.
I recently listened to an interview over the radio. The journalist was interviewing a CEO of a company that was going through some challenges. The company did not meet its performance targets. However, the executive team received large amounts in performance bonus. The journalist wanted to understand what was going on and the reasons for making such huge payouts. The CEO was cagey, defensive and rude. The interviewer never lost his cool. He kept asking questions to get to the truth. At the end of the interview, he politely thanked the CEO.
The dictionary defines professionalism as “the skill, good judgment, and polite behavior that is expected from a person who is trained to do a job well”. The interviewer was the epitome of professionalism. Even though the interview was difficult, I enjoyed it. I felt that the interviewer fully represented me and my interests. He helped answer some of the questions that I had. He did not take the CEO’s responses personally. He remained objective and respectful throughout the interview. He understood that his job is to serve his listeners.
This interview made me think of my behavior as a leader. When I find myself in a similar position. Having a “difficult” employee who regularly asks questions, challenges my decisions and knows exactly which buttons to push. Do I stay calm and professional? Am I open to listen to their opinion? Or do I become defensive and play “I am the boss here, do as I say. You are paid to work and not to think” line.
I also need to be aware that sometimes it is not what I say that communicates my feelings and opinions. However, my actions and body language forms part of my professionalism. We can all learn from the way the interviewer handled himself. If all leaders subscribed to the notion that we are servants of the people we lead, then we would invite and encourage such challenges. We would see them as opportunities to learn. Furthermore, we would understand that it is not about us, but the people we lead.
Leadership and quantum physics
I know there are differing opinions about quantum physics. But let us assume for a moment that we all believed in the theory. It would be easy to accept the concepts of holography, oneness and inter-connectivity. According to holography, “the whole is contained in each and all pieces”. We are all connected. Whatever we think, do or say affects everyone in the organization. It forms part of the collective subconscious. This understanding is critical to the way leaders view their responsibilities.
Quantum physics also challenges us to consider that we live in a world of infinite possibilities. We are born to manifest this world of infinite possibilities. Our subordinates are human beings with unlimited potential to solve problems, make decisions and be innovative. The only thing standing in the way of living up to their full potential is their self-limiting beliefs. Leaders have the responsibility to help employees unleash their potential. This can be done through delegation, coaching and mentoring. This kind of thinking helps to transform leaders and their teams from approaching their responsibilities and challenges from a scarcity to an abundance mentality. The world of economics teaches us that we always have limited resources. However, we know that we have unlimited internal resources to help us get far beyond we ever dared to dream.
The Leader as the Quantum Warrior
As we commit ourselves to lead and empower others, help them in their personal journey to realize their life’s purpose and become the full expression of themselves, we become quantum warriors. Living in this way also helps us dedicate ourselves to excellence and authenticity so that we can be the best in whatever we do. Whilst in the process achieving our life’s purpose. We gain inner strength and more confidence in our roles as leaders. We know that we are part of something greater than we are. We therefore know and believe without any shadow of doubt in the ancient unpanished saying that “when a blade of grass is cut, the whole world quivers”. Most importantly we know that it is not about us, but the people we lead and the whole universe.