Monday, 31 October 2011

Why Leadership is Important?

King Suryavarman II, the builder of Angkor Wat, the biggest religious stone monument structure in the world.

King Suryavarman II had taken greatest effort in his life after taking the throne to build the great Angkor Wat. It took 37 years to complete the construction of the temple.

An excellent leadership is required for every organization that wishes to achieve its bigger goals. Combined with the strong support from employees or team members, leadership is vital for growth, stability and harmony in an organization, especially through the period of changes and difficulties. The establishment of leadership philosophy is the first thing to do before we lead and motivate our team in order to obtain common objectives. A meaningful and achievable vision, continuous improvement, managing change successfully and respect for diversity are the significant leadership philosophy to help developing an organization or even a country.
First, a good vision bring a clear picture of the future of an organization and it must also be absorbed and understood by supportive employees so that they can help their leader to achieve his or her goals. Then, strategic plan and plan of actions must be established in order to realize this vision. Prime Minister Hun Sen’s Cambodia new vision and economic development strategies, especially his Rectangular Strategies (Growth, Employment, Equity and Effectiveness) and Win-Win Strategy, which led to the dismantling of Khmer rouge organization and brought peace and national unity to Cambodia, has been widely appreciated. His right vision and strategies has pushed Cambodia into the new millennium of economic development and prosperity.

However, self-satisfaction is a barrier to progress. That is why we need continuous improvement. Continuous improvement means we keep developing and sharpening our ability and knowledge. In order to have sustainable economic growth and reduce poverty, Cambodia needs to continue to give top priority to human resource development and to maintain capacity building programs for government’s employees and local officials for high work performance and better policy planning, and crisis response.

Third, another integral factor in leadership is our courage to make changes in our organization in order to improve it. We know that people always resist changes and seem to satisfy with the things that they normally have. Furthermore, people always fears of change since they feel not comfortable and not sure whether the new setting would help or, otherwise, put them at risk. The ability to managing change successfully is the significant asset of the leaders. If there is no change, there is no improvement and discovery. We can integrate changes into our entity on step-by-step basis and motivate our subordinates to take part and support what is new to them.

Fourth, since we lead a big organization or even a country, we have to respect for diversity and make sure that equality among the team members exist. Everyone is unique and has different skills and abilities. If they combine together and work as a team, it will be a powerful group and lead to achievement of bigger goals. This variety provides organizational richness that gives leaders myriad ways to tackle issues and challenges and ultimately find better solutions with new ideas.

In conclusion, whatever approaches of leadership for a better organization, we have to set visions, adopt continuous improvement, reasonably and successfully introduce and manage changes, and value the diversity among our team members, and campaign toward successes and prosperity for our organization and country.


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