I am sure many of us have heard about ‘Art of Living’ and the difference they are making in many peoples’ lives. Today, I am introducing ‘Art of Leaving’ and trying to leave a thought so even while you leave, you can live forever in minds of organization and its people. It is said by some unknown (at least to me…) poet that, “Jahan jahan se guzare hum, na mitane wale kadmo ke nishan chhodate chale aaye hum…” Effective leader or manager is one who leaves a legacy of great work and capacity to produce better results.
My post is not original and it is inspired by couple of instances I have come across in recent times. It is also inspired by couple of books I have been reading in recent times. Timing of this post may lead to few possible thoughts in many peoples’ minds but that’s ok! We do not wish to comment on speculations. Change is inevitable and people who are on my ‘Google Talk’ list already know that I am busy carving dreams with my force. We will talk about it in next few weeks.
Any management job is quite a thankless job. Not all successful management guys are earning bunch and bunch of money and getting rims and rims of newsprint. There are many people like us who are quietly making a difference to a business, to a profession or to a society by becoming engines of growth or change. If you want to leave and still live forever, the first thing you should be doing is leave when you are not required to. Don’t leave because you are tired for burned out. Look at Arun Sarin; he’s leaving at right moment. When everything is going for him, he’s leaving and in the process he is surely going to leave a legacy and a vision for the organization which will surely shape future of Vodafone across the globe.
When you are ready to leave, take your team in confidence. Share your vision with them. Show them the change and lead from front. It is important for them to know that even if you are not going to be around they have to carry forward the good work and foundation created by you and make you feel proud. I always carry this wonderful quote in my mind with me, which I don’t remember verbatim but it goes something like this – “A manager is not known by the work team does when he’s around but he’s known by the work the team does when he is not around.” I always believed in that and this is a time when I wish to thank each and every individual who has worked with me in my past 15 years and carried forward the legacy of change we have envisaged together. A big thank you to all of you my friends!
Leaving in style is something I have always enjoyed. I have left organizations or offices when they were in better shape than when I joined them. People who have worked with me or know me will vouch for this statement and they have seen how I enjoyed legacy of creating many offices/organizations from scratch and turning them into profitable business ventures. Leave in style, so your style lives forever. I still receive calls from many of my past clients saying that they miss me and I feel really proud about it.
Leaving a job or organization is not bad but leaving when things are bad is bad. So, if you are planning to leave because you didn’t get a raise this year – don’t leave. If you are planning to leave because you shifted your office and you didn’t get a desk you always wanted – don’t leave. If you are planning to leave because you are not satisfied with your team’s performance – don’t leave. Leave when you get your raise. Leave when you get your desk. Leave when your team is at its best and delivering a peak performance. Winners do not quit. Be a winner, leave but always live in heart and soul of the organization. I repeat my last week’s question – do you have it in you?
PS: This should act as an eye opener for few of so called leaders in our industry about whom I wrote in one of my early posts. You may read it here.