We, at least myself, during my college days, think a leader is someone who commands, speaks with charisma, CEO of a company, A old experienced person…………. probably a rare human being. Concept of leadership has changed from traditional leadership to shared leadership. Somebody who can work well in a team and have the ability to influence the team is definitely a leader. With this definition I feel all my team members are leaders.
Those are the days where companies recruit candidates with good knowledge and train for the leadership qualities, today the need of the hour by corporates are instant leaders from colleges.
Is this understood by college managements? Hope not…. there is no syllabus for leadership in the curriculum. Still leadership development is considered as one of the extracurricular activities. But if we ask an educationist or a corporate “What is expected out of a student?” the answer will be the same “Leadership skills”
As per BASS Theory of leadership there are 3 concepts.
Trait theory, where leaders are born.
Great event theory, A crisis or important event may cause a person to rise to the occasion, which brings out extraordinary leadership qualities in an ordinary person.
Transformational/Process theory, People can choose to become leaders. People can learn leadership skills and become leaders.
Approx 80% of college groups fall in Transformational theory, but are the curriculum giving the platform/facility for this transformation?
I feel I am a leader now, if certain insights are given during my college days itself this transformation of mine would have happened several years back. Im working on how to provide this transformation to the student community…..