Right, so the answer to the question I left you all to ponder over may vary but in my opinion, as I am allowed to say so since it is after all my blog, is a manager creates a vision. A leader on the other hand, leads a team to execute a vision. The reason I left you all with that question is because it is a question that relates to this topic. We dream and visualize but not everyone can be classified as a manager. This is because when we define a vision, we have to work to make it possible. No – I ain’t talking about leaders yet. When you create a vision, it doesn’t mean thinking about it and then leaving it aside. It means sticking by it and defending it, as well as fighting for its survival in the world. Then comes the option of becoming a leader or choosing someone to help bring that vision to life.
Now visions are made in the mind – and the mind contains conscience – which tends to dissuade us over and over again. The conscience is the reason why everyone cannot be classified as a manager. The other day, I was watching the movie The Help, based on a book of the same name by Kathryn Stockett. It is about the racial discrimination in Southern USA in the 1960s. There were many laws at that time that encouraged racial discrimination of the African – Americans working as slaves. Now no one, including a white person, could speak or publish anything in favour of equality for the reason that they would be imprisoned. Now one white woman , by the name of Eugenia ‘Skeeter’ Phelan, a recent university graduate wants to show how tough and how bad the life is of a black maid and how they are insulted, abused, discriminated etc. So she sets out, despite her conscience telling her that she could get imprisoned, and tries to get stories from the maids of her friends. At first, the maids are afraid because of the laws and in turn, their conscience, but then they agree and help her. So they show that it is not always good to be held back by conscience. Do what you feel is right – not what your conscience tells you. I sincerely urge you all to watch the movie if you have not.
An example of a Great Manager is Steve Jobs. Round about the late 1970s, he said to his first iMac team that he wanted to make a fold-able computer (laptop) and he not only did that but he also went on to revolutionize the way we perceive technology. He did not believe in difficult or impossible. He did not believe in conscience as well. He had two opinions of any object: It’s either ‘shit’ or ‘awesome’.
So, your conscience will tell you the opposite of everything and will force you to think about the object in so many different perspectives that it holds you back. The extent to which conscience informs moral judgment before an action and whether such moral judgement are or should be based in reason has occasioned debate is infinite. Listen to it, but do not at all be hypnotized by it. This is because your visions will be stalled – what you truly believe in – will not come to life if you let your conscience hold you back. Of course it is safe to listen to your conscience but it is better to listen to your heart. Some may be of the opinion that the conscience is always right but then that is not possible because right may be what you are doing but your conscience may tell you otherwise. For eg. at a party (say you’re 16 in today’s century) you will decide not to drink or smoke or take up any other bad habit but your conscience may say – do it once, no harm in it! So what do you do?
Can you say that the conscience is always right now?
So, fellow reader, visualize – but do not let your conscience ground you. Do not be your conscience’s puppet. ‘Be who you are because who you are’ is what ‘you believe in’ and you have to create visions to believe in. This will take you on your first step to leadership and then eventually, management. Be not what other’s make you – but what visions you make – and that does not mean inappropriate visions.