Published on November 30th, 2014 | by Mehedi Khan2
6 Learnings from The Art and Practice of Leadership (APL 5) Program by BYLC
The national workshop of “The Art and Practice of Leadership” is 3 days long learning and practice program. Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) organized this program. The APL 5 was held at EMK Center and the main resource person was Ejaj Ahmad (studied at Harvard University) and Khalid Saifullah (University of Oxford). The program was about leadership and its application in real life, the reasons for the failure of leadership, career planning, panel discussion and of course a lot of learning. The learning from the program is outstanding and really helpful in real life. Some of the learning is as follows-
➤ Difference between authority and leadership: It’s important to find out which is an authority and which is leadership. Because authority is not necessarily leadership. Authority is something like direction, protection, order, command. On the other hand, leadership is the activity, it’s a verb. Leadership deals with the adaptive problems where there is no clear solution.
➤ Pause: It was just more than a word during the APL5 workshop and perhaps necessarily important word for the real life. We have to hold our emotion and make a pause and then to see what’s going on the system. Who is not with us is a potential threat. And we must have an experimental mindset.
➤ Leadership is the work that needs to be done. There is a figure of leadership developed at Harvard University by more than 30 years research. The figure is as follows-
➤ Observe: Observing is very important for leadership and it’s the initial stage. Observation is like looking at what is going in the system. Without proper observation, leadership is not possible. It has been said ‘spend 80% time on diagnosis and then 20% is for the prescription’.
➤ Interpret: Interpretation is an essential tool for leadership. After observing what we have observed need to interpret so that we could get a clear idea of what’s going on the system.
➤ Intervene: As it is the last part of the figure, we need to intervene after or on the basis of what we got in our observation and interpretation. Intervention should be positively effective and we need to make sure it adds some value.
Leadership is not a full-time job and anybody can practice it. More importantly, leadership is not making people depended on you. Leadership is the work that needs to be done.