In today’s time of crisis, we need good leaders more than ever.
Unfortunately, we do not have enough good leaders to resolve the current crisis.
It’s obvious that we need a new paradigm about leadership.
Facts about the leaders and the current crisis (according to MUE – Model of Universal Excellence © 2007):
1. We have too many bad leaders and not enough GOOD leaders.
2. The current crisis is the result of an INSUFFICIENT number of good leaders.
The way we now teach how to be a leader is flawed because how can we explain the following situations:
1. Why a crisis started in 2008 if we had enough good leaders (Black Swan Theory)?
2. If we have enough good leaders, why the crisis is not yet resolved globally and in individual countries?
3. There is no consensus on which knowledge, skills and behaviours are needed to be a good leader.
4. When we talk about leaders, we think about exclusivist individuals with special characteristics that are not completely defined. How can we train new good leaders in this way? What?
5. Black and white approach to defining bosses and leaders. Bosses are negative, and leaders are positive. How do we train leaders in this way because they have something common?
6. We define too generally the characteristics of a leader. There are several hundred of them. How to explain it and how an individual (leader) can have it so many.
7. It is unknown (not determined) where the best school for leaders in the world is. What if such a school exists? Most will go into it, and we shall have many good leaders.
8. When talking about the leaders, we think of charismatic leaders such as Gandhi, King, Mandela, Jobs…
The present times are completely different and will never occur such good leaders. The time of charismatic leaders is gone.
9. We did not define needed competencies (knowledge, skills, and behaviours) common to leaders, which creates confusion about what to do.
10. There are too many different approaches to training leaders, which leads to their uneven abilities (competencies). When we add a negative selection of leaders, we have a really big problem.
These are just some of the elements that indicate that something is wrong with the training of leaders.
A NEW CRISIS
Unfortunately, today we have a new crisis: CORONAVIRUS CRISIS.
Nobody knows how long it will last and which negative consequences will be to individuals and all togetherness’s (groups, organisations and communities).
Especially in this situation, we need more good leaders than ever before.
Albert Einstein said:
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”
We really have a big problem with leadership.
How can we overcome the leadership paradox: Better technology – less good leaders?
Is it logical that we don’t use this Einstein’s quote?
There is a big problem in leadership because we have many definitions of leaders that are different.
We have many different explanations for who are leaders.
It is obvious that the definition of a leader is a problem.
First, we need a definition that is valid for the dominant majority (or for all).
When we solve it (get consensus), we shall “produce” much more good leaders.
The exact definition is the starting point for effective action (to get more good leaders).
A NEW PARADIGM ABOUT LEADERSHIP
MUE (Model of Universal of Excellence) LEADERSHIP is a new leadership paradigm.
The new definition of a leader: A leader is every person who leads at least one person.
This definition is very radical but very effective.
The consequences of the new definitions of leader:
We have many leaders who must be trained for missing knowledge, skills and behaviour to become good leaders.
1. Being a leader is a matter of DECISION.
2. Being a good leader is a matter of COMPETENCIES.
3. A good leader primarily has APPROPRIATE MANAGEMENT KNOWLEDGE (Critical Success Factor – CSF).
4. Management knowledge means the integrity and synergy between six MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS: Planning, organising, leading, human resources management, controlling and improvement.
5. A good leader is determined by the number of creating NEW GOOD LEADERS (Key Performance Indicator – KPI).
Every leader must have defined the following elements:
5. Areas of activities.
These elements are the INITIAL ELEMENTS OF EXCELLENCE (IEE) and define leaders and followers’ necessary action (MUE – Model of Universal Excellence).
If “initial elements of excellence” are fulfilled – a leader is good.
If “initial elements of excellence” are not fulfilled – a leader is bad.
It is very simple to define and very simple to control.
The seven (7) Main MUE Components of Leadership (MMCL):
2. A form of togetherness (group, organisation or community),
5. Model of action,
We have too many bad leaders because they DON’T HAVE A DEFINITE MODEL OF ACTION.
See more about improvisation in the article “MUE DEFINITION OF IMPROVISATION“.
– There are many models of action on the market.
– Choice of a model of action is subjective.
The time for charismatic leaders is gone.
Now is a time of rapid technological and social changes. On the stage, we have many new leaders who have new leadership roles and an obligation for continuous learning to become good leaders.
We need a new leadership model; the classical model can’t help to override the current leadership problems: Lack of numerous good leaders.
*MUE LEADERSHIP – A new paradigm of leadership based on MUE – Model of Universal Excellence.
Milan Grkovic wrote this content according to MUE – Model of Universal Excellence © 2007 Milan Grković.