Understanding differences between “Charisma” and “Energy”

Charisma comes from a CLARITY of WHY.A charismatic leader has a clear sense of VISION and a JUST CAUSE in mind.It comes from absolute conviction in an IDEAL bigger than oneself. Energy in contrast comes from a GOOD NIGHT’s SLEEP or lots of caffeine.Energy can EXCITE. Only Charisma can INSPIRE.Charisma commands LOYALTY whereas Energy doesContinue reading “Understanding differences between “Charisma” and “Energy””

Comparison between Great Organizations and a TRAPEZE

A trapeze who does deadly stunts would need a NET for protection in the eventuality when the stunt flops. The presence of the NET would be sure enough to psychologically inspire the TRAPEZE to attempt such deadly stunts. Like in great organizations the employees are made to feel safe by iconic leaders.When the employees feelContinue reading “Comparison between Great Organizations and a TRAPEZE”

Why Companies with a strong sense of WHY , are top performers?

Companies with a STRONG SENSE of WHY are able to INSPIRE their EMPLOYEES. These employees are more PRODUCTIVE and INNOVATIVE and the feeling they bring to WORK attracts other people eager to work there as well. When people inside a company know WHY they come to work , people outside the company are vastly moreContinue reading “Why Companies with a strong sense of WHY , are top performers?”

How Great Leaders look at “good fits” in an organization?

All great leaders have in COMMON is the unique ABILITY to find GOOD FITS to join their organizations. People WHO BELIEVE WHAT THEY BELIEVE. The ability to find such people makes it easier for them to provide GREAT SERVICE. SouthWest is a great example for the same. As Herb Keller famously said : “You doContinue reading “How Great Leaders look at “good fits” in an organization?”

How Herb Kelleher’s notion turned SouthWest into an iconic company?

Herb Kelleher who was at the helm of SouthWest Airlines for many years , was considered a HERETIC for positioning the NOTION that it is the company’s responsibility to look after the EMPLOYEES FIRST. HAPPY EMPLOYEES would ensure HAPPY CUSTOMERS and they in turn would ensure HAPPY SHAREHOLDERS in that order. This notion reflected inContinue reading “How Herb Kelleher’s notion turned SouthWest into an iconic company?”

How do Level 5 leaders motivate their people?

Level 5 leaders firstly board the RIGHT PEOPLE in the BUS and take the WRONG PEOPLE off the bus. Since they already have the RIGHT PEOPLE , they will be SELF MOTIVATED. Hence the key if NOT to DE-MOTIVATE these people. The sure shot means of DE-MOTIVATING them is to ignore the BRUTAL facts ofContinue reading “How do Level 5 leaders motivate their people?”

Great Leaders encourage”Healthy Scientific Debates”

Great organizations led by Level 5 leaders are ones that have a penchant for INTENSE DIALOGUE. These organizations DO NOT use these “heated discussions” as a gimmick to let people “HAVE THEIR SAY” so that they could “BUY IN” to a predetermined decision. The process that is rather adopted is one of a “HEATED SCIENTIFICContinue reading “Great Leaders encourage”Healthy Scientific Debates””

Why creating the “right climate” in a workplace is important?

Leadership is about creating a right climate where the TRUTH is HEARD and the BRUTAL FACTS are CONFRONTED. There is a huge difference between the opportunity to “HAVE ONE’s SAY” and the opportunity “TO BE HEARD”. The Level 5 leaders understand this important difference and CREATE A CULTURE where PEOPLE have a TREMENDOUS OPPORTUNITY toContinue reading “Why creating the “right climate” in a workplace is important?”

The pitfalls of being “Charismatic”

Great leaders know that a strong charismatic personality can become a LIABILITY rather than an ASSET. The strength of CHARISMA in personality can sow the seeds of PROBLEMS when people FILTER the BRUTAL FACTS from the CHARISMATIC leader. A great charismatic leader is mindful of this fact and overcomes this by being consciously attentive. ThinkContinue reading “The pitfalls of being “Charismatic””