Successful leaders attract and retain knowledgeable and highly trained individuals with self-controlling capabilities. A paradigm shift in leadership enables the leader to transform and re-imagine his or her role and to perceive followers as individuals who can make choices consciously or unconsciously. Covey (12) decries the treatment people receive, where they are expected to produce more but are denied the chance to use their talents and intelligence. Changing a leadership paradigm enhances management effectiveness and efficiency and allows the leader to change his or her perceptions, theories, or assumptions about people and begin to recognize followers as important assets with talent, inventiveness, and resourcefulness.
A whole-person approach to management or leadership considers followers as people as opposed to things that need guidance and motivation. John Gardner’s statement underscores the weaknesses inherent in some organizations, where they fail to appreciate the follower as an individual who needs to meet a host of needs. Lleaders should perceive followers as mature people with specific needs and expectations, while organizations have to address people’s economic and physical needs, as well as their mental, social, and emotional needs (Baporikar 249). Hence, Gardner implies some organizations cannot realize the most significant impediment to efficiency is their lack of understating of employees as whole persons.
Einstein says people cannot solve problems at the same level of thinking they were when they created them. Einstein implies that solving problems requires a paradigm shift devoid of distortions and limitations. The implication is that people need to look at things and situations differently and come up with amicable solutions. They can achieve this noble objective if they change their attitudes, modes of thinking, and perceptions. Leaders should not cage their thinking with current models but should explore new and innovative ways of doing things and inspiring people.
Baporikar, Neeta. Management Education for Global Leadership. IGI Global, 2017
Covey, Stephen R. “Leading in the Knowledge Worker Age.” Leader to Leader, vol. 2006, no. 41, pp. 11-15