Language of Leadership
Leadership is best left unprescribed. It is a continuous, contextual endeavor that inspires growth. Growth requires swift unlearning, relearning, and implementation. The temptation to make habit one’s best friend is too addictive to ignore. It is indeed difficult, but not too hard, to be prepared to filter out the negative idiosyncrasies that constraints a leader from adapting to the fast-changing environment. Thereafter, we travel through troubling questions and missed experiences to reach a not-perfect level of leadership.
At the level of C-Suite, the dynamics is different. It may be difficult to believe that the CEO of an organization needs to be mentored. Up to a certain extent, it is a legitimate doubt. We expect the CEO to possess all the skills necessary to captain the organization through crests and troughs. In reality, the competition is ruthless and to stand out in the fierce environment, the leader of leaders needs wise mentoring.
From our research and experiences, we have coded few statistical and qualitative measures to evaluate the leadership quotient. The process starts with the 360-degree evaluation of the leader, inclusive of one-to-one session, measurement of emotional quotient and social awareness, feedback of direct reports, the deviation between the leader’s perception of self and reality, and so on. The day-to-day job is made a learning laboratory, and the solutions are customized based on need.
A mentor-mentee relationship at the C-Suite level is mildly different from the rest. A CEO cannot make a substantial difference by averaging the strategies and wisdom of her leaders. Neither can she be solely driven by luck. Every CEO needs to routinely deal with internal and external conflicts, and she needs a neutral view from a wise individual to best measure the company’s distance from its vision. We challenge her. We crowd the top of the metaphorical ladder with wisdom enough for her to prioritize and master simultaneously with an offbeat élan. Besides encouraging her to type 140 well-thought-out characters, we do make her understand that she can’t fly.