Friday, 26 February 2016

“Align Your Resources with Opportunities to Achieve Leadership Success” ―Professor M.S.Rao

“My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better. My job is to pull things together from different parts of the company and clear the ways and get the resources for the key projects. And to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better, coming up with more aggressive visions of how it could be.” ― Steve Jobs

People find it challenging to align their resources with opportunities. At times, they may have resources without opportunities; or opportunities without resources. This is a constant leadership challenge globally. Hence, it is essential to keep resources ready and explore opportunities simultaneously. It helps leaders achieve their leadership effectiveness quickly.  However, it is easier said than done.

As a leader, you must always explore opportunities although you may not have appropriate resources because nobody knows when opportunities knock your doors. When the opportunities knock your doors, you must raise resources accordingly. If you don’t have adequate resources, you must create resources accordingly. If you find that resources cannot be created, then align the available resources with the available opportunities to create compatibility and synergy to achieve leadership success. Never sit idle without building resources and exploring opportunities.

When resources and opportunities are available, leaders frequently find it challenging to execute them due to several bottlenecks including misalignment. This misalignment arises due to the round peg in a square hole or a square peg in a round hole. Hence, leaders must exercise their patience and work with perseverance to ensure alignment to execute their tasks effectively.  

Peter Drucker once remarked, “The pertinent question is not how to do things right — but how to find the right things to do, and to concentrate resources and efforts on them.”  Leadership is a continuous process, and to achieve leadership success, leaders must constantly create resources and explore opportunities. Remember, opportunities don’t come when you want but you must rise to the occasion when opportunities knock your doors.

"No leader can possibly have all the answers . . . .The actual solutions about how best to meet the challenges of the moment have to be made by the people closest to the action. . . .The leader has to find the way to empower those frontline people, to challenge them, to provide them with the resources they need, and then to hold them accountable. As they struggle with . . . this challenge, the leader becomes their coach, teacher, and facilitator. Change how you define leadership, and you change how you run a company." ― Steve Miller, Group Managing Director, Royal Dutch/Shell.

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Founder of MSR Leadership Consultants India
Recipient of 10th International Prestigious Sardar Patel Award―2015
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