Accepting Imperfections and Manage Them

Opinion / Leadership


Accepting Imperfections and Manage Them
PRASAD SN , Professor, India

Learning and Practicing Methods to Make the Best of this Imperfect World


'If everything is in its place and every place is meant for something', 'every person behaves exactly as per our expectations' and other statements like these which amount to explaining a perfect world leads to understand that, it does not need a leader or leaders because it is a system which can manage itself.
If we can learn to live with imperfections, transform those imperfections to the betterment of the environment without affecting the safety/security/interest of any of the members in the value chain, then I consider that as leadership.
There is a caveat in this. That is the perception of the 'imperfection'. e.g., A religious ceremony for a tribal is a serious affair where as for a city dweller it is a silly ritual or an imperfection.
By the above argument, say in Singapore, where every thing is meant to be perfect, will it lead to a generation of poor managers and leaders in the future? Yes, it does. Because some body decides what is right and what is wrong and room for innovation becomes limited.
Again, does it mean that in a corner of Congo or Haiti, there will be better models of leadership? No! Then what is the answer?
I FEEL THE ANSWER IS A CONTINUOUS CROSS CULTURAL EXCHANGE OF LEADERSHIP WHICH LEARNS, UNLEARNS AND IMPARTS THE LEARNING WHEREVER NEEDED.
Proof? Nowadays, it is an obvious fact that Indian managers are better leaders be it running the Jaguar Land Rover or Reliance or Corus only because their home ground India, is an IMPERFECT land and their managerial and leadership training started the day they were born.


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