The Paradox of Leadership

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What’s a Paradox?
A paradox is a seemingly contradictory proposition that when investigated proves to be well-founded
or true. For instance, in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Hamlet states that “I must be cruel in order to be
kind.” Another paradoxical truth is that you cannot take care of others if you don’t take care of
yourself.

The paradox lies in leading from the front and leading from the back; showing and telling people where to go and giving people the space to let a new vision emerge from within the team.

Following are them Paradox of Leadership:

1. Followers Make the Leader
Leaders cannot force people to follow. Your formal authority as a manager can only force a minimal
level of compliance. Followers choose to follow. So, here’s the big question: How do you create
relationship and connection and exert influence so followers decide to follow?
The most important lever for leaders is engagement Some key strategies for engaging employees (or
co-workers) include:

  • Talk about the meaning and purpose behind the work
  • Engage team members in identifying its “collective ambition” and a few priorities and goals
  • Allow autonomy within certain “guide rails” or boundaries
  • Promote learning and growth
  • Show care

2. Great leaders go slow to go fast
To build some momentum and urgency about your agenda and priority capital projects, One need to
take the time to. . .

  • Know the Staff,Employees and every Stakeholder that are Associated.
  • The Surrounding and the process they are involved in
  • Develop a Plan that works efficiently on everyone.

After going slow, One  can accelerate and go fast

3. Great leaders don’t motivate anyone
A leader cannot motivate others. A leader can identify the right people for the right project, help
articulate the meaning or the “why” behind a project, and then help align the interests of team
members and their strengths and ambitions with the project. It is then that people get energized if
they have the autonomy to do great work together.

4. Only strong leaders show vulnerability
Followers will follow you as a leader if they form a connection with you. People tend to connect with
those leaders who show vulnerability.In our culture, vulnerability is often seen as a weakness. Weak leaders avoid showing vulnerability.
Strong leaders can exhibit vulnerability and thus increase their leadership capabilities.

5. The more leaders seek control, the less control they have
The environment of local government is uncertain and constantly in flux. The military calls this kind of
environment “VUCA” (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous). A leader can’t control a VUCA
situation.The waves of demographic, social, technological, economic, and political change are too big and
cannot be resisted.

In other words, leaders must “lead by letting go”.

Bonus Paradox–Great leaders are flawed
All great leaders have been flawed. For instance, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, and
Steve Jobs were seriously flawed. Think of a leader whom you have chosen to follow—you have
probably observed some weakness or flaw.Great leaders minimize their flaws by doing several things.

An Opposable Mind
To understand and be guided by these paradoxes of leadership, one need to develop an “opposable
mind.”  An opposable mind allows you to hold two opposing yet true thoughts at the
same time. For example, I need to go slow to go fast. I need to motivate by not trying to motivate. I
show strength by showing weakness.

A example of this Shown in Following Pictures

Last but not the Least I would Like To Comment on the Fact that A Leader is never Born they are Created Because it is your Experience that Makes a perfect.

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