Monday, 11 march 2019 | Redacción CEU
Without the figure of the teacher, a classroom turns into a playground. Any ship needs a captain who can guide the vessel to arrive at the right port. The members of a large orchestra cannot play with synchrony without turning their eyes towards the conductor's baton. In the same way, any company depends on a leader who is able to bring order to the organization, set the course and create unit in teams. The choice of the term "leader" is not trivial, since to exert an influence on employees, it is necessary to exercise good leadership, not just to be in command. Then, what does a professional need to become a good leader? What aspects are essential in the exercise of leadership?
A few days ago, The CEU IAM Business School held the conference "Let's talk about leadership" which had as its main speaker the head of the UME (Military Emergency Unit), Miguel Alcañiz Comas. Due to his professional career and his experience in different operational units, the Lieutenant General has accumulated deep knowledge of team management. In this conference, he examined through several examples, two fables and three letters, what the key points of good leadership are. Today, in this blog, we offer a summary of the main conclusions that were presented throughout this meeting.
Leaders and needs
The head of the UME pointed out that leadership is a complex subject on which many articles have been written, but it is necessary to be able to reach its soul to comprehend it: <<It is not necessary to be an expert or a guru to understand it, it is necessary to live it in the day to day>>. Although he agrees that today's leadership is not the same as forty years ago, the Lieutenant General, who has been decorated nationally and internationally, highlighted that the essence remains: <<Leaders are detected as soon as they make four movements: you only have to pay attention to their actions, and see what example they are setting>>.
A key concept in leadership is that it emerges from need. In a situation of crisis, the followers will feel lost and look for the leader who is the figure that points the way forward. Then, leaders will be in charge of managing gears in order to reach the goals. This context is not proper of a single sector, it is reproduced in different areas: in companies, politics, militia, medicine or the university.