Humans are now in the age of speed. Events that once took months or years can be done within weeks today. A 150 years ago, campaigns that Napoleon took seasons or years to complete could be attained in months by the emergence of the industrial age, and in weeks or even days at present. The trend of super-speed is evident in commerce, politics, communications, healthcare, and in every sector of human activities. The game has got faster and faster so that players have very little time to play in each hand. In the world of the ever-increasing race, we are now moving at ultra hi-speed, and the notions are also changing every day. Change, transformation, up-gradation, modification, alteration are natural phenomena in all ages, but what is the adaptable speed of such changes? The rapidity of change is reaching new altitudes each day in this information age. New technology, updated ideas, and modified systems offer new opportunities and bring more challenging environments into our lives. The challenges are often acute and diverse in the leadership field for both leaders and the led.
A 100 years back, something which was impossible to construct or destroy by years, making things build or disappear overnight now. Some social cultures, norms, and values that took centuries to engrave in human societies are now getting replaced within years, or even less. The rapidity of change in every sphere of life has caused the condensation of time. Information Age is not the speed; it is the compression of time as events in life are moving faster and faster. The necessity of speed also brought significant changes in human behavior, attitude, and sensitivity. Human mindset, consciousness, perception of interests are rapidly shifting constantly and spontaneously. The perception of respect and honor, necessity of pride and patriotism, importance of ethical behavior have almost lost their appeal by avaricious gain. In need of speed in life, people are now more interested in the armful amenities than the intrinsic worth of dignity, honor, and respect. Leaders in this age are in a critical challenge to keep men motivated with the spirit of pride, patriotism, humanity, and self-esteem.
In the compressed time of the contemporary world, not all organizations have the same difficulties or similar necessities. Some organizations may suffer from a lack of cohesiveness among their men; some may have issues with quality production. Some may suffer from schedule maintenance, and some may be overwhelmed by dishonesty among employees. Although the different organizations have different purposes and necessities, every organization has a similar craving to attain the commitment of their men. Every institution needs a high degree of honesty and hard work from its members.
To adjust to the need of time, today’s leaders need numerous skills to lead people. They need to find more options and maximize every opportunity to shape followers’ behavior. They need to master the art of knowing people at their core motivation. Leaders need to study the society and context to learn about the necessities and emotions of their men. Upon detailed study on people’s behavior and morale, a leader needs to carefully articulate the organizational purpose, principles, and core values. A society or an organization must have a sustainable standard practice to perform within the boundary of leadership directives and core values. The temptation of frequent change in operating procedures, lifestyles, and habits of people needs to be checked. Leaders need to cultivate a culture of value-based traditional living by themselves as well as their own people. Change and modifications are sometimes inevitable but need to be studied profoundly before its implementation since very change has profound implications on human behavior.
Find the best practices in your institution and adopt a practical means to turn those into durable customs. Instill self-esteem, pride and respect in your men as a permanent source of motivation. Check the temptation of infrequent change in operating procedures and lifestyles and hold constructive organizational habits.