One of the prime pillars of any organisation on the basis of which an organisation thrives is its leadership. A leader is a visionary who is the podium on which his associates perform. This, my dear friends, this is the reason why some organisations sustain and certain institutions fail before they blossom.
The true importance of leadership is misunderstood by people or I would rather say the power which a leader has blinds him/her greatly to the qualities to be possessed. I have seen numerous methodologies of leadership. Some leaders choose to be dominant and bossy over their associates to get things done while some choose to be friendly.In the first method of leadership, people often throw barbs at the leader and work unwillingly. Some introspection led me to believe that getting things done is an attribute of having good personal ties with the subordinate . A leader is the one who understands his employee at an emotional level and makes him work accordingly. You cannot be extremely strict with an associate/employee who is emotionally sensitive. This will often lead to hatred for the leader and on a larger scale decrease in productivity of that employee. In myriad cases, the employee who might be adept at work finally leaves the organisation due to the ineffective leadership he works under. I have seen people who haven't scored good grades in college but have performed exceptionally well at their work and the ones who scored good grades have failed to perform in accordance with their grades. This also made me wonder if the performer might be inspired by his/her leader?
While I find emotional touch a quintessential leadership quality, I have also seen cases where certain leaders get too attached to their employees and this attachment then creates a negative environment for others. Leaders who were excellent have a blot on their names due to such incessant attachments with particular employees. A leader must know to draw the line between his attachments and the duties he is bound to. When a leader fails to realise this, he not only loses credibility but comes across as a person who is biased and emotionally immature. A leader I feel must understand the personal issues of his employees and empathize with them but should not take it far and make their problems his/her own to the extent of being biased towards them.
A true leader is the one whose vision becomes the inspiration for his followers; whose action sets the threshold for excellence for his associates; whose free will nature inspires one's mind to act without manacles and provide innovative solutions; whose superior qualities thus makes an employee submit his loyalty and make his goal aligned with the ones of his leader.