MISSION LED LEADERSHIP : BUILDS COMMUNITIES AND RESILIENCE
I visited number of organisations starting from service industries, manufacturing industries, consultancy firms and number of Universities across the globe. Interacted with the faculties, executives, heads – those who drive the departments or institutions. The conversations were very interesting, full of vision, strategies and energetic to give a shape to such interactions either in the form of collaborative activities or sharing the facilities or intellects in those organisations.
But, slowly, while I studied their organisation structures, with respect to reporting, decision centres and approvals, I observed that most of the systems in industries are guided as per the structure defined by them and works are executed as per the requirements and strategies, made by the seniors. The pressure of project delivery timeline, the pressure of market competitions, force them to be job oriented, its effectiveness and quality. The client satisfaction is one of the major parameter to continue relationships and grow in business.
The organisations like Research Centres, premier Universities, function with collaborative work culture. Individuals make their own plan of action as per their capabilities, knowledge and wisdom and tries to make the way to stay connected to the system. Most of the time, it has been observed that they love to stay connected to their subjects and people working for the same disciplines. Their contributions to a particular field becomes their identity.
In the first type of organisation, I found they are conscious about quality, effectiveness, satisfaction of the people, growth of business, following the strategies. While, interacting with them, they never bothered to think about the vision or mission of the organisation or the mission of his/her own life. The managers are not at all concerned about the purpose or interest of the employees. They, simply said, we do not know.
In the second one, the people make their individual plans of action to teach, to do research, to get connected to the peers. They contribute individually without understanding that for what they are executing this job. What is the impact of the job, he/she is executing. They said teaching is our job, research is our job. We have to stay connected with peers, to get recognition in a particular field.
But, I realised that the people, those who are following the path, defined by the system, with passion and commitment unconsciously they are following the way made to achieve the objective or accomplish the purpose. The sense of realisation of purpose can make people more happy and proud.
The large number of staff, employees, students, while they contribute together for a common purpose or mission, the communities are developed, based on the job or commitment for the job. That common goal, automatically develops resilience among the contributors’ thoughts and actions to stay connected with each other.
The resilient communities are built up inside the organisation and also outside the organisation as societies, groups, peers etc. Each and every community creates its own vision and mission, which binds the people working for it.
We have seen the world leaders in tech like Steve Jobs, he had kept strict eyes on all the people working with him in detail and he had creative awareness. Elen Musk emphasised on continuous learning and strive for excellence. Death of ISIS Leader Baghdadi, achieved by US Force was appreciated by President Trump as a great mission and thanked all for participating in it. The execution of mission led strategies of Prime Minister of India starting from Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Digital India and now Atma Nirbhar Bharat are becoming successful because of grass route level involvement. People love to follow those because they love to get connected with the purpose.
The mission itself builds the community to strive for it and mission is the reason behind the resilience.