Thursday, June 30, 2011

Leaders Who Undermine Should Go to Hell

Many people are not self-motivated. Everybody knows that. Some needs someone to challenge them to push their limits and to get them there. Self esteem and self confidence is only acquired from external factors. That’s how they become better. It may not be the best way to be motivated but the fact remains that many people are like that. Actually, the majority of them are.

I am not here to blame those people. It’s how they were brought up. They need to be challenged pushed and motivated to excel. Some might have the greatest potential to do wonders. However, somehow these people get buried under the hood. I mean the people who work under bosses, students at the university or school or even kids at the kindergarten level or those who are playing sports. Anyone who is learning a new skill under the supervision of anyone. Anyone who takes permission to start a new project. Basically anyone who is not self sufficient or self employed. How many people of these are out there? Hell of a number.

So I am thinking what happens to the potential of all those great people, all those people who could give, create, produce and improve our society in every aspect. It’s all depending on the leaders. Isn’t it? How smart are they to motivate them to push their limits and more importantly not to undermine their self esteem and overall self worth. Why do people do a good job anyways? For money? Fame? Recognition? Or is it sometimes to proof that they CAN—that they are able to contribute to the society something new, something novel and something brilliant!

There are many things that are existent today in our lives just for free. People do work for free. People share their knowledge on the Internet or on Wikipedia for free. People do open source researches and projects. The materialistic benefit of all those free stuff isn’t really that much. But they still do it. Don’t they? But then again those are the self-motivated people.

So back again to our leaders. Some leaders (and I say some because I know there are many leaders who don’t follow that concept) lead by undermining the self esteem and self worth of their people. They might think this is how they are “challenging” them. Actually it might work for some people but it only works for those “self-motivated” people—those who don’t need external factors to excel, but I am talking about the majority of the folks. The majority that is fed by external factors to move forward or else stand still or even worse be dragged behind.

We can’t expect all people to be self-motivated because that’s just how things are. I am questioning here, however, do those leaders who are put out there to undermine the self worth, self esteem and self confidence of their folks deserve to be placed in that precious leadership position. The place where the young are nurtured to become the future. Do we need leaders who would undermine to control? Or do we need leaders who nurture and cultivate to build?

“Most leaders spend time trying to get others to think highly of them, when instead they should try to get their people to think more highly of themselves. It’s wonderful when the people believe in their leader. It’s more wonderful when the leader believes in their people! You can’t hold a man down without staying down with him.” 
- Booker T. Washington

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