Hi guys, I’m sure most of you are familiar with my name, and for those who aren’t, I am Mehdi Siddiq – an active ambassador for the World Dialogue from Pakistan. I have pursued my bachelor’s in Marketing and Advertising and currently working for Leo Burnett, Pakistan. I have been part of the Dialogue starting from 2016, 2018, and 2019. I am fortunate enough to be connected with the best people globally that helped me create a special bond with the team – they’ve been like an extended family to me. To this day, I am still in touch with a lot of people from there and truly, it was Cologne that made this happen.
As for the topic of Responsible Leadership. I feel that’s a rather vast topic in my opinion where you can go on and on without a pause. But how about I narrow it down and expound on it on a more personal level. Here I go…
A responsible leader is someone who should lead by example. He should be a role model for people to motivate them to perform better in their lives. He should be someone who should be approachable with great communication skills and should be able to steer his team in the right direction. A responsible leader should be delegating the jobs to his team members, giving them a sense of responsibility and ownership. This way a subordinate can prove their worth to the team and value themselves too. A lot of times, we see employees do not take interest in their work or do not take their jobs seriously. This is a result of the upper management/leaders slacking to run the organization and their subordinates. It is vital to work as a team for exponential growth where a team can reach their own goals collectively
I’m trying not to go as far but let’s simply take the example of our very own World Business Dialogue. A sheer example of brilliance personified. There is a huge team of students who come under the managing director. Every team member has a task to perform and together they form one of the best teams and provide students with a global platform for an unforgettable experience. In only a matter of 5 days, this dialogue tends to become a global community that in turn is like family.
During COVID-19, a lot of people in leadership roles actually were put to test. In a global pandemic, the true essence of a leader came into being either in a positive way or a negative. A lot of downsizing and pay cuts were seen across major organizations. There was one organization comprising great leaders who underwent pay cuts on a higher level only to retain some employees who could potentially lose their jobs. It is in such testing times the true quality and essence of a leader can be seen.
I would like to conclude my thoughts on a quote by Jack Welch which goes like, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”
This quote can be well explained as when a responsible leader is building his career and grasps the relative experience in his career it is only then when he can pass down the knowledge to others while building his team and making the subordinates grow day by day. It always comes down to a team effort and that is the true success of a responsible leader.