THE WISDOM OF GREAT LEADERS IS OF GETTING THEIR BEST PEOPLE TO BUILD AND EXPLOIT THEIR BEST OPPORTUNITIES, NOT TO LABOUR AWAY AT PROBLEMS.
The belief that a work environment tolerant of rigorous standards, not ruthlessness bordering on wantonness, portends well for an organisation, is well-founded in the mind of a transformational leader. He understands that the wrong people could be a burden on the right people, and it is him who rigorously and frankly cuts people loose to save them from unnecessary uncertainty and waste of time in getting on with their lives. Thus, the wisdom of great leaders holds with frankness and humanness.
Great leaders, once they are in the driving seat, do not adopt endless restructuring and insensitive hacking as part of their strategy. Their best efforts are targeted at getting and keeping the right people; this consideration comes first before they start looking at markets, technology, competition or products. They are aware that the right people are the prime movers of growth and success in an organisation. At all events, the wisdom of great leaders goes along with acknowledging the crucial impact of good, disciplined people.
They get and keep the right people, first, before they spend over their budget. Their steadfastness, in not yielding until they get the right staff, helps them to lay a strong foundation for organisational greatness.
Tightly managing someone is an indication that a hiring mistake has been made. The right people can be taught, guided and led, but not micro-managed. The inadequacies of the wrong people impede and frustrate the efforts of the right people who are forced to compensate along.
Proactive leaders promptly cut a wrong staff loose, in a balanced and fair manner, transcending all the occasioned stress and discomfort for the sake of the staff and their organisation.
A striking aspect of the wisdom of great leaders is that getting their best people to build and exploit their best opportunities, not to labour away at problems, is the true path to greatness.