a leader's Job Description





Why do organisations have leaders?


Because when you have more people, working on more threads/projects you need someone to take care of those people.

Managers take care of WORK, leaders take care of PEOPLE.


In today's organisations MANAGERS should first be LEADERS.


If you take care of people they will take care or WORK. If people take care of work that work will produce results.


Results are what's left after people MOVED.

The object of work for a leader is people's MOTION (actions, what people do). Leadership is influencing people's movement.



So, the main KNOW-HOW for a leader are "The laws of MOTION for HUMANS". Let's simpLEADfy them:



We'll start with Newton. He specified three laws about how objects move:

There is a forth law or principle added that states that forces add up like vectors, that is, that forces obey the principle of superposition


What do these laws mean for Human MOTION?

L1: People will continue to do what they do (or not do what they don't do) unless something changes in the forces that influence their movement

L2: The forces needed to move someone depends on how burdened that person is

L3: If a force acts on a person the person will react with the same force but in opposite direction. This is called the counter-will instinct/reaction.

L4: The movement of people is influenced by many forces, coming from many directions and moving into many directions.


These are the core things a leader needs to know to do leadership. Off course, Newton wrote a big book on them with all the details and so when really understanding these laws of motion for humans we need more details, but this is the core schema to use.


So, what is the JD of a leader?


First, he picks up the physicist lab-coat. This allows the leader to be objective and aware when observing how PEOPLE MOVE, what influences their movement and how that movement can be influenced by the leader, the organisation or by the team.