Putting theory into practice

Ever meet a ‘leadership-theory’ junkie? You know the ones who loves to obsess and go on at lengths talking about leadership — the good, bad and the ugly. Well, mostly the bad and ugly because after reading, studying and analysing great leaders they’re well versed with the fallacies of leadership

I used to be one of them until I realised criticism wasn’t getting anything done but waste a whole lot of time and energy. The real deal was taking action and let the results speak for me. And right then I converted from a leadership theorist to a practitioner. It was my ‘aha’ moment.

As John Maxwell would say it, “leadership is about influence — nothing more, nothing less.” Influence is highly subjective but the best way to garner it is to have a bias for action. Because a whole lot of talking barely gets anything done. And soon the masses catch up with reality and throw you whatever influence you had out of the window.

That’s precisely why coups and political overthrows happen. The people got fed up.

Don’t be a that leader. Be a practitioner. Now, roll up your sleeves and get to work.

By Sunil Nair

Nurturing leaders of tomorrow.

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