Sorry – this is a long one today but it is a serious subject.
In all the years (35) I worked in healthcare management I always felt something of an ‘unusual type’ among my management peers.
Most of them seemed ‘turned on’ by the ‘power’ thing and the idea that to get on in management one had to be hard, decisive and ruthless. To become the Chief Executive you must have these macho qualities.
I was always uncomfortable with that idea and that probably explains why I never became a Chief Executive. I was often accused of being too concerned with the softer side of management – the people, the hearts and minds stuff. My peers used to call it the ‘fluffy stuff.’
I think that was meant as a criticism but I took it as a compliment.
Nowadays I realise it is a good thing for me that the ambition I had of becoming a Chief Executive was unfulfilled. Since leaving the ‘rat-race’ of corporate management 18 months ago I have had time to reflect on these things.
At last I have found something tangible to write about the dilemma I always had, and I suspect, many people in corporate business management have today.
I have decided to write an article – I may make it a short book if I can find the time. The title is going to be “The Nine Fruits of Leadership”
I have discovered in my recent reading some references about the way we should live our lives using the nine fruits set out in scripture. The nine fruits are: Love; Joy; Peace; Patience; Kindness; Goodness; Faithfulness; Gentleness; Self Control.
This has got me thinking and my article will be about why and how these nine fruits are crucial for all managers and leaders.
I have a vision of these nine fruits becoming a guide for leaders. I feel that if managers could ‘live their management career’ using these ‘fruits’ then management and leadership would not only be a much more ethical place to be, but also a far more effective, fulfilling and enjoyable career to be in.
And for those who read this and feel the nine fruits are too ‘soft’ and cannot be applied in the cut throat world of big business then I ask one question.
Would managers and leaders rather be remembered at the end of their career for the nine fruits I am advocating ... or their opposites as follows?
Hate; Misery; War; Impatience; Unkindness; Badness; Unfaithfulness; Hardness; Lack of self control
I rest my case.
I would be really interested in your feedback about the concept I am exploring