Often we consider positions and titles are imperative for the smooth running of any organization. However, in many unfathomable ways, the whole idea is deflated when the highest authority start “Leading Without a Title” showcasing the genuine democratization of leadership. Having said that, the new era of leadership is evolving who believe “Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example” and should be portrayed in daily imperceptible acts. We do realize that nothing bends a human mind more than the magical potion of love, confidence, care, and compassion. Why then should this not be the case in the practice of leadership? Isn’t Leadership about influencing people to own and achieve ambitions that exceed their own perceived capabilities?
It definitely has to do with the emotional internal blending that takes place within an individual rather than influence activated by the environment in which the individual exists. So if the goal of a leader is to activate this internal blending, the focus has to be on the very core human needs. The need for being unconditionally loved, unwaveringly trusted, sincerely respected and genuinely cared for. This internal blending possibly stems more from an individual’s own beliefs and conviction in pursuit of a mission and its imagined outcomes or absolute pure joy drawn from the act of follower ship to a person perceived highly WORTHY OF BEING A LEADER.
Until last week I had not seen one single leadership practice this relevantly, then I saw this in the act with Sanjay Sehgal, Founder, and CEO of MSys Technologies and MSys Training. He was formally getting introduced to the fresher’s who joined in our MSys Chennai office and they all were to get a photograph clicked with him. Just when the picture was to be clicked, Sanjay nonchalantly entered into a subtle humor mood and asked all the freshers to portray in a comical pose along with him. It turned leadership as a serious act into an enjoyable moment and all freshers became immensely comfortable with him. With the curious fresher’s, a session which was to run for only a few moments turned out to be a discussion round for an hour. They kept bombarding Sanjay with a series of twisted questions and he kept winning over them with his witty replies. It was a fun sight to admire how Sanjay symbolically kept is title aside and invited people to be boundless, gaining unquestionable invocation of trust and faith from the freshers.
He showcased a sense of brutal courage among the “led” to express their opinions and what they feel without the fear of being judged or reprimanded (I gave it a metaphor- ‘Firing in the Sand” akin to firing bullets in the sand that just sink in leaving no trace of even the point of impact). Eliminating the fear among the followers to fearlessly bare their deep-set perceptions and opinions without having to worry how such acts would influence the impressions being formed about them, opens up new possibilities for individuals to exceed their potential.
Even the culture at MSys is a true reflection of Sanjay’s humble persona. I am surprised to see how much the people at MSys are empowered to take up risks, perform out passing their fears with hard work and learn from their mistakes. Few who know Sanjay, always say that he credits his beliefs to his social cause in Heartfulness and he has often said that in today’s complex business environment, no company can settle for incremental improvement; they must periodically undergo internal performance transformations to get to the external manifestations.