In my last posting I started a discussion on Total Quality and how it is time to expand the focus of quality onto Total Quality Leadership, or as a reply from a reader termed it: TQM 2.0 (I like that!).
One of the Three “Must”-keteers of TQM 2.0 is Quality of Leadership and I described one of the attributes that separates a leader from a manager as the organizational “perspective” they take on. I liken this to the thoughts of Seth Godin when he says that writers write, teachers teach and leaders lead. That’s the job. It’s not a title, it’s all about what they do. So to me the leadership perspective goes beyond the individual’s functional responsibilities to encompass the success of the enterprise. That’s the leadership perspective.
Let me share with you a very recent example of an individual who to me carries inside of him the quality of leadership I am talking about. His name is Halit Turgay and he is a Professor of Music (flute is his specialty) at the Istanbul University State Conservatory. Besides being a stunning flutist he also has a leadership perspective.
Halit played at our music festival in the south of France this year. He was hired to perform at two concerts out of the five scheduled. That was his job, to show up and perform for the audience. But Halit carries the DNA of leadership that goes beyond just his job. Halit saw a need and filled it, without being asked and without being compensated for it.
Several of the pieces to be performed by a young piano trio (piano, violin and cello) were extremely difficult, especially the J. S. Bach “Trio Sonata et basso continuo en E minor” and the Astor Piazzolla “Primavra Portena”. Halit saw the kids struggling with the rhythm and integration of the various parts and took it upon himself to coach and teach them right up to the time of the concerts. They performed brilliantly and the concerts were a great success.
Those with “leadership perspective” see a need and fill it.
I’d enjoy hearing about other examples of “leadership perspective” from your experience.
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