What is leadership? Google it and you will find that “the action of leading a group of people or an organization”, but is it that simple?
Gen-Z is the most privileged in terms of information and knowledge. We literally have all the resources at a simple click of a finger, but are we true leaders? Do we take charge? Are we blinded by the information and do not know how to channelize it?
Pragmatically leadership is a skill of taking the decision to take charge. It includes taking the charge of mindset, set a pace and direction for oneself and the people around him. A leader is someone who has a vision and the courage to actualize that vision. Leadership is not equal to the management. A leader can be a good manager, but a good manager is not always a leader.
Rather the question is how to take charge and make effective decisions.
As Gen-Z we are surrounded by jungle of rumours, media, social media posts, websites, analytics, statistics, influencers etc.…
Look at the diagram below that defines our situation right now:
Making the decision to become a leader is the first step to the gateway to a power that depends heavily on integrity and has an extraordinary will.
One skill we as Gen-Z need to develop is Critical thinking that governs the decision we make. We want answers quickly, we immediately tend to solve a problem without even thinking about it and the stakeholders involve. We accept that is plausible.
We are contemptuous to other’s opinion and always trying to make our point without even stepping into the shoes of another person. Could this be the reason for our mis-communication with our parents?
Critical thinking is about how to think.
Critical thinking is asking the right question and strategically answer it that would result in an effective decision.
We as Gen-Z suffer from Availability Heuristics. The true information or the actual events is obsolete. Identify logical fallacies, separate facts from fiction and make a better argument yourself.
How leaders Succeed?
- Leadership is getting things accomplished by acting through other’s expertise.
- No successful individual became successful by his own actions.
To lead, you must win minds and for that start with your own.