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Today Supply Chain is going through re-engineering phase due to global financial turmoil, raising costs, volatile currency fluctuations, unpredictable demand, lack of qualified supply chain talent and punishing markets. Collaboration is the top priority of the day. Supply Chain flourishes though collaboration and collaboration is the key to supply chain success. Leaders collaborate and the boss dictates.
In order to drive effective operational excellence within supply chain, we need leaders with vision and thought leadership skills. Jesus Christ once said, “If the blind lead blind, both shall fall in a ditch”. Isn’t it true from Supply Chain Perspective? If the boss/manager is faking, the end result is ditch as mentioned by Jesus Christ. Hence the need for the thought leader is very critical to drive the supply chain excellence.
Generally, people do not want to leave the jobs unless there are some compelling financial reasons or work culture related issues. People quit their jobs due to the heavy-handed work culture and the work culture is created by the boss/manager. Many think that they are good bosses and sadly what they know is their perception and not the team’s feelings. The boss generally believes in one-size-fits all theory and never develops an individual strategy to retain and grow the talent. In today’s complex world there are too many bosses, but very few leaders around. The leader will do whatever it takes to maximize their team members’ engagement to achieve organization’s success; while bosses just want to enjoy the privileges of their position and more interested in saving their jobs.
Are you a Boss or a Thought Leader?
Just for the benefit of everyone let me clarify what is thought leadership? Thought leadership is a business jargon for an entity or an individual that is recognized by the team for having innovative ideas. The term was coined in 1994 by Joel Kurtzman, editor-in-chief of the Booz Allen Hamilton magazine, Strategy & Business. The Boss is a person who exercises control over other employees in a workplace environment.
Let us find out some differences between a Boss and a Leader/Thought Leader:
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Global supply chains need thought leaders, if the boss transforms into a LEADER, the world is different for the team members. More leaders grow in the organization as leadership flourishes under a LEADER and if that leadership is thought leadership, it would be a great benefit to supply chain. Today’s supply chain needs out of the box solutions due to ever changing and challenging business dynamics. We need thought leaders to manage supply chains more effectively and provide the critical answers to the business challenges!