The People Business

"I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles; but today it means getting along with people." --Mahatma Gandhi
21st Century leaders don’t build great institutions. Schools or companies first; they build the greatest people. The legacy of great leadership is not in material centred results; It is in the people the leader has poured himself to over a period of time. The companies and the institutions we work for or are building are all secondary role players in our leadership journey; the primary factor is people. This then means that the relationships you have with other industry leaders, employees and even competitors can be your greatest resource.

If you believe that your people are the organisation then you will believe that building great people will always give you better results organizationally. On the other hand, focusing on the organisation first (systems, policies and internal mechanisms) and not its people may have the potential of causing great stress , pressure and anxiety.

Leaders are people centred people – all great leaders possess a deep genuine love for humanity. Successful organizations thrive because of the focus it has on its people. The world’s best companies understand that all organizations are as good as their people; if you have less critical thinkers and more average / mediocre employees, you will have a poor organization. Your company is truly only as great as the people who embody the mission, vision and purpose of the organization, those who go above and beyond to see the company succeed and to make clients happy. Brands that understand this fundamental principle empower their employees.

John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) believes that "People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision." Being in the people business means that we understand that people are equally important in realising organisational visions. The focus then must shift back to people. People should always be your greatest resource.

Taken from Luphumlo Joka’s New Book ; The Ultimate Leader-Shift

Luphumlo is the MD of Global Leadership Consultants

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