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Everyone works in Human Resources. We are all paid to develop the talents of the people we work with.

  3rd Jan 2017

A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. - Lao Tzu


“HR takes care of the people while the leaders take care of business.” This seems to be the mantra of the modern business, especially in the aftermath of the 2008 recession. HR is expected to develop people along with “people functions” like recruitment, training, etc. while the leader is out there leading the troops in the market and taking care of the bottom line. Bigger mistake would have been impossible to make.

The students of management know that most of the modern management evolved from warfare. And as a legacy of it, the Western idea of the “leader” still remains heavily influenced with the stereotype of a “Charismatic commander leading his troops into the battle”. Remember, Alexander!! Simple, but unfortunate misconception.

The hallmark of a true leader is his ability to create organizational depth in his department’s down-line, in his own chain of command. It is the ability to “create leaders” at every level that should define a good leader and not the narcissistic limelight hogging that most modern leaders seem to indulge in.

The best leaders groom and develop people under them so well that they can take care of most of the work by themselves and only come to the leader when they need his counsel on rare occasions. Like Lao Tzu said his existence is barely known. Quite an anti-thesis of the charismatic leader without whom the department couldn’t work and the organization would come to a grinding halt.

Right from the front line manager to the CEO, all get paid to develop the people they work with, this task cannot and must not be left to HR alone. The leader has to grow his core. He has to grow his people. He must focus on his people more than anything, yes, even more than money.

Guess what, even the greatest business leader of all times agrees.

Jack Welch of GE vehemently argued against the “ignore people” approach of modern leaders when he said - “If you were running a sports team, whether it be the New York Yankees [or the] Boston Red Sox, who would you like to hang out with? The head of player personnel or the team accountant? Who would help you bring the best team to [the] field? Not the team accountant!”

Truer words were seldom spoken.


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