In the realm of physics, the Higgs Boson is an elementary particle which allows all other particles to exist through its interaction. This elementary particle has been in the news lately as a major scientific discovery. The Higgs Boson can also be a useful term to describe something elementary about a particular topic (leadership).
Many books have been written, videos and presentations created and inspiring speeches made on the topic of what makes a great leader. There is one element that connects it all.
There are many different viewpoints on what is or how to be an great leader. Any individual talking about what leadership is to them is as worthwhile to you as going to a Wine Tasting Expo and trying out various red, white and ice wines of depth, sweetness and complexity. It’s a matter of someone’s individual palate and when to use one type over the other in any given setting.
There are various traits on what a great leader should to have. They are Honesty, Integrity, Self-confidence, Cognitive ability, Emotional Maturity, Charisma, Creativity, Flexibility, Dedication, Magnanimity, Humility, Openness, Courageous, Straightforwrad, Fairness, Assertiveness, Self-Aware, Passionate and a Sense of humor.
After everything that’s been written what is the underlying message? Like seeing a double rainbow, WHAT DOES IT MEAN!!!??
Subjectivity and Relativity
The concept of leadership is relative and subjective. The leadership of a particular organization is curated by either those in senior positions and their personal leadership attributes or the internal momentum of its organizational culture. IE: all the staff and their individual traits that add to the leadership collective and operate within internal departments and work teams.
For a leader to get a group from point A to point B you have to have one thing. If you guessed Trust you’re right, because I mentioned before that the concept of leadership is relative and subjective. From what I’ve read, observed and researched, Trust seems like the answer given by all. I’m going to answer differently because I think differently.
If you and your friends where on a road trip and got lost, didn’t have a map and your $600 tablet pc or Apple iPad version eighteen ran out of battery power and someone drove up and said I’ll show you how to get there, would you automatically trust this person? I would be cautious and consistently evaluate this person as we went along. After all, I don’t want a horror movie made based loosely on the events of my demise. Trust is developed over time through positive actions. Hence it is not the Higgs Boson of Leadership. It’s like asking what came first, the chicken or the egg.
Between leaders and followers you have to have mutually aligned goals or values in order to be successful. For example, you cannot win a dance contest if you are dancing the Tango and your partner is Krumping. Sure you two trust each other, but you’re not really aligned and it just looks awkward. This applies to successful organizations. All things being equal, if an employee’s personal values are aligned with the leadership principles and/or mission of the organization then that organization will be more successful. A win-win. The Higgs Boson of Leadership is Alignment.
The Higgs Boson of Leadership is alignment of mutual values and goals, then trust building through action which ends in successful performance of a task, direction, goal or mission; all the other principles and traits come after.