Are you ready to be a lonely leader?

Among the several leadership styles we tend to characterize leaders as autocrats or democrats (it is actually the easiest to do) forgetting that neither extreme is always good for the team, the company or the state.  Being authoriatarian means to treat people as functionaries rather than as thinking individual beings.  According to Alan Axelrod in his wonderful work on Gandhi, this is a bad bargain for management because it fails to make full use of the company’s constly human assets, as authoritarian leaders greatly damage their people’s morale.

On the other hand, democratic leaders (CEOs or politicians)  make a different mistake as they might believe that the majority should prevail.  Is their objective to please as many of their employees beneficial to the company?  Is it even a valid goal to please one’s employees?  More valid goals include creating customer satisfaction, providing excellent service, produce a worthwile product, increase shareholders value because it is this way that the company will survive and succeed in the long run.  It is only through creating a successful and robust country that a state leader will please all the inhabitants of a country, among which are the citizens, whose life and wellbeing depends on the success of the country.  

However, sometimes leaders  in order to achieve sustainability need to make decisions that are contrary to the expressed will or beliefs of their people.  Is that bad? Who said that the leader always has to please the majority? Who says that the majority is always right?  Listening to many in order to have them pleased  and not to the experts is not always the right thing to do. 

«Leadership is often said can feel very lonely, as leadership is lonely!  The final decision is made by a single, solitary human being.  Every other attitude, belief or policy relating to leadership is either subordinate to this truth or is an instance of self-delusion»  Passive Resistance, Hind Swaraj by Mohandas Gandhi, 1909

I have to shout it louder so that it reaches to the top as decision is prior to any action: ARE YOU READY TO BE A LONELY LEADER?

Esprit Nomade and 2011 wishes

I was happy enough to come across a very interesting photo exhibition.

Tiziana and Gianni Baldizzone have been living closely with nomads of the world for the last 25 years or so.

Wandering in the streets of the Turin centre I passed also through San Carlo square.  What a surprise!

More than 50 wonderful pictures with legends in 3 languages traveled me out of the cold evening (-5o C) and reminded me the Ghandi believed that we are all free to live without interferences… 

For the francophones I also copied herewith a statement of the artists:

«Le projet Esprit Nomade est le résultat d’un chemin personnel: un voyage à la découverte d’hommes, les nomades, gardiens de comportements et de valeurs qui constituent le fondement de l’être humain et dont nous pouvons nous inspirer pour trouver des pistes de réflexion sur notre rapport à l’Autre et à la nature.»

How valid it is for all of us – especially now with all the socio-economic crisis surrounding us.  If you cannot buy the book just google the name of both artists and you will enjoy some extraordinary pieces.  If it happens to visit Turin the exhibition will last up untill Jan 10, 2011. Do not miss it!

Another interesting part of your Turing promenade (again at the city centre) would be the visit of a painting exhibition with works of Ezio Gribaudo called «I Velieri» (sailing boats).  This is hosted at Fogola Galleria Dantesca, which is a superb bookstore with many old books, refurbished establishments, a rinocaur at the entrance of it, many other paintings, and of course excellent people to look after you.

I attach for all my readers  a photo of «Veliero VI» with my wishes for 2011

Veliero VI by Ezio Gribaudo