It Has Been Accepted for Centuries That Leadership Capability Can Be Developed
Byline: Dylan JONES-EVANS
IN the same way that we consider whether entrepreneurs are born or made, this is equally true about leaders in our society.
Whilst many inspirational leaders - such as Nelson Mandela, JFK or Winston Churchill - are created by the circumstances of their birth and the experiences of their lives, it has been accepted for centuries that leadership capability can be developed and enhanced.
However, it still surprises me how many people in Wales who have gained positions of authority, maintain their status as leaders through the old fashioned methods of rewarding loyal colleagues fiscally, with promotion and perks, or through protection or patronage.
Others use psychological currencies such as anger and threats to create a climate of fear that 'encourages' loyalty. With such individuals, you don't have to wonder too much as to why there are problems in creating a growing Welsh economy and a more open Welsh society.
Indeed, such a 'transactional' style is probably the prevalent type of leadership that exists within many organisations in Wales.
I would argue that such a style, where strength is not a result of true leadership abilities but comes from the power transferred to those individuals, is not the most effective and desired style of leadership needed within a modern society and economy.
You could argue that such leaders are not powerful people in their own right but people who have either acquired power through, usually, the control of budgets or the use of their positional power. They have 'led' through fear and patronage rather than through trust and respect.
As a result, they are often not agents for change but enforcers of the status quo, seeing their subordinates not as an aid to achieving their goals but as a threat. …