Straitjacketed Leadership

Leadership is neither a title nor a certificate on a wall, as it is invisible. Whenever forced to make its presence visible, if any, via a corporate exercise to cover up failed strategies, or overly dressed power play and aggressive posturing all the fakery only oozes all around. Political corridors neither excluded nor their exuberance ignored but commonality of such behavior now an art of decoy turns into science, where merchants of imagery thrive. Financial and political power dances while billions restlessly start to question the logical validity.

True leadership is invisible like a gift, an art or a controlled passion only to harness imagination and kindle sparks of assurance to follow impossible paths; like freestyle flying against stormy winds; trapeze artist on swing, an acrobat with wings, gracefully instinctive, creatively intuitive, authentically genuine, politely fearless, and yet humble with mastery, wisdom and passion…so on.  Leadership is not the art of leading oneself to charge ahead, but to help all and gracefully make all to lead, with courage and wisdom.

Surprisingly today, with abundance of zillion leaders, repeatedly self claimed, only as world-renowned champions on prime stages with precise gestures, multiple styles of smiles and rehearsed laughter and exuberant poses, while on the spot what they claim, ideas sinking, societies are tanking, credibility thrown out of window and trusts of once mighty institutions destroyed. The absence of originality, real contents and intelligencia to articulate a battle scene points to only deserters from the command.

Therefore, who are these leaders walking around as if trapped in straitjackets; claiming their framed postures, fighting over corner offices, decorum, and titles and only murmuring faint rhetoric but only if approved by the “enunciation-committee on politically-correctness” only few cautious words, no bold new ideas, no real value, just power hungry, always in the game. If this is not fakery, why else is real value creation and economic development collapsing around the world?

Let us go deeper. Who are these people? Why are they blocking corporate and political corridors of powers, here, there, all over the world? How can we help them? How can we show them better alternates? This will not be easy.

Straitjacketed Leadership; typically, shielded by some framed certificates, surrounded by habitually nervous fact checking to quote some old useless case studies from ‘how to lead’ reference manuals or historic quotes of warrior leaders to boost their own image for similar attire or angle of sitting. No substance, no originality, just fakery and false poses

The fakery of leadership; based on “fake it while you make it” the concepts baked out of PR mixed with HR to fill the now clearly visible around the world vacuum at the top, reaching crisis points now almost requiring mandatory testing at the helm to ensure true leadership. If today’s economic and prosperity performances both in Private or Public sectors of the world are any indicators, what kind of additional proof is required to prove the serious lack of real warrior leadership at the top.

Leadership does not replicate; however, if replication of the talent of leadership were so simple, we would already have billions of replicates of Gandhi, or Mandela or Tesla and Jobs by now. Just as memorizing case studies of Apple will simply not create another Apple, may be a Cucumber. Regimented memorizing of quotes and mantras of other leaders simply do not make another leader. Now let’s test this out in finer details…before global assembly of leadership training institutes get angry and start breaking the furniture in protest, on another thought, we should allow them to do just the same.

A new world has just opened up, it required no single nation’s approval, and the five billion connected alpha dreamers are now a bit more active, increasingly understood and well defined. The last 500 days of isolation enlarged the brain cells, to decipher the next 100 national elections in the coming 500 days. The exemplary performance of Covid must not repeat on at least on the economic development side of the nations, where most are now trying to survive. Study deeply and carve your own future, discover entrepreneurialism, it is easy, natural and a national necessity to create national mobilization of entrepreneurialism to save national economies. Study more on Google.

Time has come to evaluate Straitjacketed leaderships and their perpetual silence on crucial timely matters.

True Leadership is the wind of our times; It is an invisible force, transparent like a wave of progress and omnipresence like a storm of transformational change. If you are a leader, you will never have the urge to prove it. Just smile, as you already know who you are. The rest is easy 

Naseem Javed
Naseem Javed
Naseem Javed, a Canadian born in a printing publishing family of small merchants, settled over two centuries surrounding the Red Fort in Chandni Chowk, Delhi, India. Educated and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, and arrived in Canada fifty years ago. He spent years at the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics and learned how to create and develop global-stature organizations and events. Acquired global experiences, serviced dozens of Fortune 500 companies as a senior advisor over 25 years, and learned how to commercialize, monetize, and popularize complex ideas globally. Later, in 2000, Naseem took a sabbatical when he noticed markets lost the art of value creation and adopted value manipulation when one million dollar turnover factories traded as 100 million dollar operations in stock exchanges. He took all his high-value knowledge and experiences, placed them in a shoe box, and almost free for the world's 100 million Small and Medium Enterprises. He developed The National Mobilization of Entrepreneurialism Protocols. The rest is history. Now highlighted as a corporate philosopher, the Chair of Expothon Worldwide, and recognized authority on new economic thinking, where the mobilization of small and medium business entrepreneurialism is tabled as the savior of already struggling economies. Expothon has been sharing weekly information with some 2,000 senior officials at the Cabinet level in around 100 countries for the last 50 to 100 weeks. The narratives are an open challenge to current economic development and offer pragmatic solutions and new thinking on mobilizing the untapped talents of the national citizenry. He is a world-class speaker and author, gaining global attention.