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An effective leader delivers result, an ineffective leader is `Not Leader'
An ineffective leader isn't really a leader at all. I'll start this piece with a strong statement - the prime responsibility of any effective leader is to deliver results.
I use the word 'effective' purposefully - because an ineffective leader isn't really a leader at all - perhaps one way to describe such people is 'Not-Leader'.

S/he may be a brilliant thinker, a great orator, an innovator, and a great human being. S/she may even carry the trust and respect of his/her team. But unless s/he is effective, i.e. delivers results, s/he is a not-leader.

So here's my proposition:

Leaders deliver Results. If they don't, they aren't leaders. Period.

With that perspective in mind, let me move on 3 three key styles of functioning that render leaders ineffective and incapable of delivering results, thus reducing them to the level of `not-leaders'.

1)- Disconnectedness:

As people rise to higher leadership positions, they often grow disconnected with their teams and lose track of what is really happening on the ground floor. The larger the team and vaster the scope of influence, the more likely this is to happen.

Consider the case of a 'leader' who sets out on a mission to solve a problem, yet ends creating more of the same for the very people s/he is purportedly trying to help.

Sounds unlikely? Look no further than Rahul Gandhi's recent visit to Karnataka to understand the plight of farmers affected by drought and failing crops. He delivered an impassioned speech - blissfully unaware that his team had levelled 6 acres of fields and destroyed ready-to-harvest crops of cotton and maize to build the platform he was standing upon to deliver that speech. This leader was literally trampling the livelihood of the very farmers he was trying to help - and he didn't even realize his folly.

Lesson 1: Before setting out to lead a large organisation, make sure you know what's going on at the ground level

2)- Ignoring Past Mistakes:

Leaders who rise to the top often tend to forget the mistakes that brought their predecessors crashing down. Not only that, they also seem to forget the very basics that helped them reach the top.

Consider the case of another 'leader' with brilliant oratory and communication skills, yet makes the elementary mistake of maintaining a stony silence on issues of grave importance. This despite the knowledge that a similar mistake led to the downfall of his predecessor!

Hard to believe? Look no further than India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi's studied initial silence on the lynching of a resident of Dadri village by a mob that suspected him of slaughtering a calf and eating beef.

A similar silence to the brutal rape and murder of a young girl in 2011 by Mr. Modi's predecessor had contributed to the downfall of the previous government. Mr. Modi himself had deftly exploited the silence of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and drew great mileage from that blunder.

Lesson 2: Learn from past mistakes - and definitely don't repeat them!

3)- Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Some leaders tend to buy into their own hype and start seeing themselves as larger than life - all too often, this leads to grand visions that shatter to bits on first impact with hard reality. The 'leader' is often found scrambling for cover and ends up stumbling from excuse to excuse. The worst way to deal with such self-inflicted crises is adopting a 'holier-than-thou' attitude and playing 'helpless victim' by finding others to blame.

If that sounds impossible to swallow, look no further than Arvind Kejriwal - elected with an unprecedented majority, the chief minister of Delhi has painted himself into a corner from which there is no easy way out. Dissenting voices were ruthlessly stamped out - anyone with an opposing view was removed from the party. The melodramatics that proved so effective during electioneering are now the bane of his party's existence, with even the best-intentioned schemes being viewed with skepticism and mistrust.

Lesson 3: Don't buy into your own myth - learn humility and definitely don't alienate your key people

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