KB 54 Phases Of Leadership

a human resource newsletter

issue no 54 | january 2013

continued from previous page | PHASED LEADERSHIP : K. Kumar 3. What is the biggest challenge the new generation leaders are facing today? The major challenge that a leader has to face is the acceptance by majority of people having diverse views and perspectives. Also, balancing the interests of all the stakeholders is a major challenge. 4. Do leadership qualities evolve with career progression? Leadership qualities do evolve, develop and exhibit in one's career over a period of years. He/she faces many challenges during the career progression and learns automatically from successes and failures. 5. What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader? I make it a point to initiate, involve and support the processes and people in the surrounding work environment. Also, I strive to constantly look for blind areas to be uncovered. 6. What should a leader ensure in order to build and sustain a high performance organization? Constant communication and engagement with all stake holders is very important. A leader must also be extensively involved in coaching and mentoring across all levels. 7. What are the mistakes that jeopardize a leader’s career? Not practicing the "Walk the Talk" approach, distancing oneself from the workplace and family are some of the mistakes that leaders fall prey to. Also, leaders make a mistake by following the open door policy. Leadership is a never ending process of evolution which all of us have to go through. In this process, we have to assume several leadership positions and learn through our experiences. Many people avoid leadership situations; while only a few take on pivotal roles and do justice to them by traversing through the following three phases of leadership: 1. Inception: This is the breakthrough phase of one’s leadership journey. These individuals show extreme enthusiasm and commitment towards their job roles. It is the responsibility of their managers to help them discover their leadership paths. In this way, both the organization and the leader become mutually committed to each other’s growth. 2. Expansion: This is the phase of exponential growth for a leader. A leader who has been nurtured well in the phase of inception moves quickly into the phase of expansion. This phase is identi!ed by a leader’s increased followership and the ability to transformpeople and processes. For an organization, this phase is a reservoir of successors and it must invest in coaching these individuals for higher leadership roles. 3. Stabilization: Only a few great leaders make it to this phase which is characterized by the transition from leading to inspiring. A leader who has once reached the phase of stabilization, if put in a new job/role, is able to move through the !rst two phases faster to attain stabilization again. So we can conclude that leadership is a function of the ‘phase’the leaders themselves are going through. It is bene!cial for an organization to identify the phase in which its key performers are and put them in roles which will enable them to attain the phase of stabilization quickly.

The views expressed in this article are solely those of the person interviewed. THE THREE PHASES OF LEADERSHIP


Bhakti Karkare

Bhakti Karkare is the head of operations at Atyaasaa Global Alliances with specialization in human resources development. She comes from an operations and consulting background and has worked in the IT sector. Her expertise lies in creating and managing processes and teams. She enjoys the thrill of producing extraordinary results by capitalizing on the synergy of different people in a single team. She strongly believes in the power of knowledge sharing and strives to create a knowledge pool continuously.

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