Welcome to recap of business speech given by our member Alex for his project #7. The project is about researching a topic and introducing the results of the research to the audience. Alex has kindly agreed to post his speech on the blog. Enjoy.
Two Village’s Leadership
In his speech Alex used flipchart to show us graphs in order to support the speech. The photos of the flipcharts are added to the speech.
One day a tired traveler came to one country. There were 2 villages. They made their living by breading the sheep and selling wool and milk. He observed life in the country and noticed a very interesting thing. He noticed how people in the villages bred sheep and recognized some differences. In one village shepherd went in front of the flock (group of sheep), in the second village shepherd followed the sheep. The traveler was interested whether there are different results in both cases. He found out that one village collected in average 20% more wool than the nother. In fact all the rest was the same: same sun, same grass, same water, the difference was only in the approach. What do you think – which village had better outcome?
Let’s have a look on both cases in details. In fact we are talking not about sheep but about different approaches in leadership.
Model 1. Leader goes in the head of the sheep. Commonly used approach.
- Shepherd goes first and all know who the leader is.
- He knows the road and the goal. He sees threats and decide how to overcome it.
- He manages time, defines pace, decides halts, ect.
- Flock recognizes him as a leader, and does nothing without his order.
- Shepherd doesn’t know where the best grass is, the sheep feel it by some unknown way… but they can’t go there because they are led straight. So sheep loose energy instead.
- Shepherd looks forward to check the road but has to look back very often to have feedback and understand what is happening with the sheep (control). For example wolves or some sheep get tired and fall down. It is not comfortable.
- Pace. If leader goes faster, older animals get tired and have to run instead of feeding.
All above factors impact (adversely) quality of the wool and milk.
Model 2. Leader follows the sheep.
- He sees and can control everything: the sheep, road ahead, potential threats.
- No need to turn back as in the case when shepherd leads the group (useless exercise).
- Flock goes through the best landscape, selects best food and keeps right pace for the older and younger animals.
- Even more importantly, the leader delegates.
We all know: if you want something to be done, do it by yourself, because no one can do it better (wrong perception). In this case we have a manager that can’t go on vacation, sits at the office looong hours and sacrifices own life balances (family)… and even if he goes to vacation… he is always on the phone – solving some routine… because people stop working.. no one can take responsibility, can’t work without his request, recommendations..
Chart 2: 4 quadrants
1. Shepherd goes first (weak control – weak delegation)
2. Shepherd goes last (strong control – strong delegation)
3. Anarchy – no control – people delegate only responsibility 🙂
4. Despotism – full control – no delegation
Based on proposed two scenarios, the best place for the leader is to follow the group.
- Delegation and control
- Leader has time to think (about new areas, developments of business and people)
- Leader’s main actions are: supervise, motivate team, teach people… encourage.