Harvey Lloyd

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Producing the light of Leadership

Producing the light of Leadership

The absence of light is a personal perspective. Maybe a great leader leads your organization but you are unable to see the light that he or she is shining.

A leader must have a vision for the company or group they are leading. This becomes the light that the organization will be guided. This is a difficult task for leaders, building the vision requires diligence. Equally there is great difficulty in turning that light on for the group.

I had to learn early in my development into a leader that I had the luxury of working through the issues of the vision for days if not months. All of the failed ideas or challenges of the vision were worked through and solidified. Now it was time to bring in the rest of the group to fill out all the pieces I couldn’t flush out on my own.

I can only explain the concept through the metaphor of a pitch black, dark room that people are sitting and I am responsible for making the lights grow in brightness. Each person required different information, perspective and levels of detail. No easy task. But all great things start with a step.

This step is one that haunts many leaders as they grow wise to the concepts of change management. Change would appear to be very easy. Bark an order, line up the resources and over time folks would see what your vision and the light are pointing to. If this was were true, every great idea would never fail.

Like all things the onboarding of others to your vision is probably the most challenging feature in leadership. Below are some things that you should consider in planting your vision.

  • Your vision is exactly that, “Yours”. Until you share your vision and begin the journey of bringing others into the loop it is merely an idea. It doesn't become "our" vision until the lights are all on.

  • If your team is diverse enough each will have different perspectives and contextual viewpoints. This is part of the development of the vision. You have to wade through each and shed more/different light on the context that each individual brings.

  • The crucial point is where the light becomes bright enough that you have now created disciples of the vision that can help you spread the light throughout your organization. This is commonly referred to as buy in of the core group.

  • The biggest mistake most leaders make is seeling the light when others can’t see. Just because you see something doesn’t mean that everyone else sees what you see. The leader has to work with each, give time for generalization and then add more light. Repeat. This takes time.

Keep in mind that if you are a good leader you are out ahead of the group looking, watching and measuring the vision you need. The wisdom you gain is something that has to be shared in a specific way to help others.

There is no greater metaphor than the farmer and the field. We plant, weed and then harvest over time. As a leader, sometimes, we want to harvest at the same time we plant. Keep in mind that planting a vision and weeding is part of a good harvest.

Lead well.

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Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #17

Thanks for the link i guess i really never thought about those Ten Commandments. I am that way with meeting notes on the device also.

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #16

There is wisdom in what you have said Harvey. Interesting ending about the stone tablets. Even modern preachers have understood that and I share an amusing piece from one of them https://pastors.com/the-ten-commandments-of-ipad-preaching/

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #15

The post was intended for a light ego related or process oriented metaphor of moving from dark to light. Specifically as it deals with revelation that produces change. In our information age revelation can come at the speed of wifi. You bring up a much deeper aspect of motivation that i usually reserve for the shadow aspects of humanity. Darkness invades light and light has to prove its strength in bringing balance back to the cosmos. A story well played out in fiction and nonfiction writing. Your points are well taken with agreement. Describing darkness is not a solution. But shedding light on solution becomes self defeating in a climate where solutions are considered extreme positions of opposition. The question, do we have the courage to shine the light bright enough to push back the darkness? Today we see deeper darkness attempting to shine light on other darkness. A cycle history has displayed as unsuccessful. We can go to many religions and philosophies to shed light on the solution. I believe Friedrich Nietzsche pointed to the solution with his God is dead thoughts. Maybe some more sophisticated or postmodern examples exist. But they all ring within the shadow of axioms we carry or elude. Capitalism Socialism and other trendy sets of leadership styles are no better than the axioms that lead the leaders. If you have less then you need more, if you have more then you need less. All depending on which side of the capitalist circle you sit. The reality is that we have redescribed humanity in its flesh and not its consciousness. From what do your sourced issues emerge? I submit that we did kill God and now we have people telling other people how to live, through VISA. Crony Capitalism or lack of faith in mankind? These questions go back to King Uzziah. We are still trying to answer them. Not with stone tablets, but with Ipads.

CityVP Manjit

3 years ago #14

In the perfect world we can talk about vision and the metaphors of light and darkness in relationship to that vision, but the ugly reality today whether one is in the US, China or India is that we are a part of a deepening imperfect world. Crony capitalism is one example of this imperfection, and whether it is the Heritage Foundation defending capitalism by pointing out that corporatism and cronyism are the malignancy https://www.heritage.org/markets-and-finance/report/the-system-rigged-adam-smith-crony-capitalism-its-causes-and-cures or the rise of Indian billionaires who made their wealth because of this imperfect economic relationship https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/jul/10/the-staggering-rise-of-indias-super-rich we end up creating prescriptions for a world that is an ideal state rather than one where the decks are stacked and unfair advantage favours those who have taken the keys to the magic kingdom by buying the political system and placing it in its own pocket.

Ali Anani

3 years ago #13

Please tag me when you do

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #12

Good thought, i will consider the next post.

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #11

Thank you, Debasish Majumder for shareing the buzz. I know for me and my personality type this is a trap i fall into often.

Ali Anani

3 years ago #10

This is a great idea for a new buzz by you Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #9

Like @Ken Boddie stated the ecosystem broadens these thoughts out to include the entirety of the company ecosystem. Getting the appropriate light to the right areas is the leaders goal. The natural ecosystem is something to admire and emulate. The leader is the sun of his/her team. The energy of the success being sought.

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #8

Thank you for your accolades and would state that yes the command and control style leadership of a military needs to stay in the military. In small business each team member is a fountain of light if appropriately motivated.

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #7

The leaders trap is a concept i have watched so many small businesses fall into. Their vision is great, they have worked hours honing the forward motion. They walk into their team and treat them like they have been on the head journey the leader has. Its disastrous. Wave after wave of defensive concepts come forward that you have already worked through, but now you are being over run, by your own team.

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #6

You rightfully bring into the discussion the entity of the eco-system of a company. Much like the forest there are varying degrees of light. The mushroom could not sustain the full light of the corporate enterprise while the canopy top can. The recycling going on in low light is just as important as what the canopy is accomplishing. It is the leader that has to realize this system of light in keeping his/her focus on the different contributions/needs.

Debasish Majumder

3 years ago #5

absolutely stunning buzz sir Harvey Lloyd! i only wonder that in nature the external conditions alone help to ripen and we enjoy the yield virtually, but in human domain how we can realize that our vision needed to be shared and it is ripen enough. however, great buzz sir. enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali Anani

3 years ago #4

Great metaphor and great analogies are found in this buzz. @Harvey Lloyd- you identified the "leaders' trap. One hugely-important trap that you ironed out eloquently Harvey Lloyd is your writing "The leader has to work with each, give time for generalization and then add more light. Repeat. This takes time". This is a great insight.

Ken Boddie

3 years ago #3

Interesting metaphor for leadership and change management, Harvey. I have noted, however, that in the rainforest, not every tree strives to, nor needs to, grow to reach the canopy and bathe in the full light. Many species flourish in filtered light, and then there are the mushrooms and truffles of the forest floor that need very little light, if any, yet happily grow in the waste products of other species and, in doing so, fertilise, in turn, the roots of many others. Leaders need to know if they are cultivating a rich and diverse rainforest or a field of corn.

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #2

well said and thought out. Thanks for the share. I am duely humbled.

Harvey Lloyd

3 years ago #1

Thanks Preston \ud83d\udc1d Vander Ven for stopping by. Yes leadership is growing a little more difficult as we try and shed light forward in an effort help share the vision. This was a thought i have used with my management and leadership team. It buys me some time as we transfer from one position to another. Based on customer needs.

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