Why the perspective on leadership needs a focused lens

The strength of any leader lies in the team that he/she manages. A leader’s greatest asset is the genuine concern for each individual person, to help them reach their full potential. Yet, more times than not, most leaders spend a majority of their time chasing after the “sheep that have strayed from the flock”. Why is this? The answer is simple: Perspective.

This is a word ofter misunderstood for its true meaning, as it has several. It also acts as a noun and a verb. All of the definitions are relating to “seeing” or thinking”, from one person’s point of view.

per·spec·tive (pr-spktv)

  • n.
  • 1. a. A view or vista. b. A mental view or outlook: “It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present” (Fabian Linden).
  • 2. The appearance of objects in depth as perceived by normal binocular vision.
  • 3. a. The relationship of aspects of a subject to each other and to a whole: a perspective of history; a need to view the problem in the proper perspective. b. Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: the perspective of the displaced homemaker. c. The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance: tried to keep my perspective throughout the crisis.
  • 4. The technique of representing three-dimensional objects and depth relationships on a two-dimensional surface.
  • adj.
  • Of, relating to, seen, or represented in perspective.

If we have a positive mindset, we see positive things, right? How can we do that, if we do not see everyone as an individual, from their point of view? What are we focusing on, our needs or theirs?

Once used properly, this seemingly complex word becomes very simple, even practical. It can help “grease the wheels” of your organization, putting that extra muscle into the effort from employees. The question the becomes: Does leadership truly care about helping staff reach their potential?

Leaders are supposed to be on a higher level on the ladder, yet remain “in touch”, able to give practical, relevant advice or suggestions to those below them. This is true for any type of leadership. It can be in the workplace, in the school, even in your home as a parent. The advice offered must be in sync with where the recipient is precisely at that moment. In order to be effective, we must communicate.

Sometimes the packaging is almost as important as the product. The same lesson can be boring, fascinating, relevant or foreign, all depending on how it is related to the audience. There is only one way to package properly, you must understand the individual needs of the person/people you are trying to lead. There is a vast difference between a travel agent and a tour guide. Which one are you trying to be?

Remember, the leader is responsible for the end result, not the team members!

Christopher Gould – President

Gould Design Inc.