When you are in the position of leadership, ask yourself:
Why should people follow you?
If the chair makes you a leader, what happens when the chair is away?
Leadership is synonyms to in-charge. If you are a leader, you are in charge of a massive responsibility of your men. You are in a duty to take care of your people and move them to the greater well-being of the institution. Leadership means reaching every soul you want to lead and winning every mind you come across on the way. In doing so, it would be best to take the role of a lovely guardian. If you can purchase the emotions of your men, you can be the most proficient to move them through any difficult task. To buy people’s commitment and hard work, you need to create a leadership environment that combines love, care, and guidance. If you are able to sacrifice your comforts and self needs, you can win your men the best. You can surely enjoy the supreme dedication of your followers if you take the lesson as Field Marshal Philip Chetwode pointed out during the inauguration speech in 1932 at Indian Military Academy:
“The safety, honor, and welfare of your country come first, always and every time. The honor, welfare, and comfort of the men you command come next. Your own ease, comfort, and safety come last, always and every time.”
Interpersonal attachment among leaders and their followers is crucial to winning challenging contexts. The perfect relationship and bonding between a leader and his men grow not by mere speeches but practices. It is also less about amenities and provisions arranged by the leader for his own people but more about the nobility of his principles and the amount of sacrifice he accepts for his men. The same is also observed in our social or even family relationships. Parents who work very hard and sacrifice their own comforts to raise their children are often found better attached than people who had no or less sacrifice for their family. Indeed, mutual sacrifices determine the strength of reciprocal bonding among people and so as with leadership.
The nobility of leadership vision and practice of ethical codes defines the level of trust and confidence between a leader and his men. A leader’s responsibility is to practice and uphold both organizational and individual values at all times to generate spiritual motion among his men. In such a leadership environment, people instinctively feel proud to follow the leader’s voice. A study on the world’s most influential leaders gives us an insight into their strengths to connect and win people. Hazrat Muhammad(SM) was loved by his followers so profoundly that crossed all the boundaries of human relationships. Abraham Lincon, Mohatta Gandhi, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Nelson Mandela, and all such leaders were highly respected by their men as trustworthy guardians. These leaders successfully won people’s minds, and the followers were overwhelmingly dedicated to them. History records vast examples of such leaders who were idols to their men. The spirit of devotion made many followers endanger their own lives to protect leaders and attain leadership vision.
As a leader, you need to study your men’s emotions, character patterns, social beliefs and adopt appropriate ways to reach them. Find out the areas of collective values and maximize those as the core bonding agents to keep people in harmony. Create more and more contexts of shared values to get people emotionally attached to your leadership purpose. To succeed, you should always hold your principles at the top with unflinching integrity. Protect your men as a custodian, love them as caring fathers, and surely you can enjoy your people’s highest dedication and commitment.
A nation may not have enough resources, may not have vast space to grow enough foods, and may suffer from extreme natural calamities now and then; nevertheless, they can be fortunate if every baby of that nation grows under the spirit of a fatherhood leadership environment. Peace and prosperity must prevail.