Hard to Find (but worth the effort) Book Shop in Auckland. It’s actually quite easy to find if you know where to look and once you’re in there very easy to get lost amongst the huge and eclectic collection of books. I was on the hunt for a birthday gift and once I found what I wanted hidden in English History amongst a host of fascinating titles, I was distracted by the business section. As I looked up and down the shelves Amanda Sinclair’s Leadership for the Disillusioned caught my eye. It was the word disillusioned that got me and my interest increased as I scanned the Introduction where the first 2 sentences read:
“This leadership book is not about how to run a company. It is for those who are disillusioned by their encounters with leaders and leadership: with idealised heroic performances, impoverished theories and oversimplified templates.”
I bought the book and this post expands one particular gem that when read made me exclaim ‘Yes, that’s exactly what it is!’
Leadership is generally understood as the art of motivating a group of people to act towards achieving a common goal. People are willing to follow good leaders and good leaders are those who, through a combination of personality and leadership skills can communicate with, establish parameters for and inspire others to achieve what’s good for all. Unfortunately I’ve noticed less leadership of this calibre and more of something that leaves me both disillusioned and annoyed. There’s no doubt the boundary between leadership and management is blurry, made even more so by the terms being used interchangeably. But Execs and Senior Management shouldn’t kid themselves that everything’s honky-dory with leadership in their organisation when the behaviours being exhibited are those either of management or like that of the Pied Piper with a team blindly following its leader.