Leadership — the big brain theory

Leadership is a very crucial part of our lives as social beings. At every stage of our lives, we are entrusted with some form of leadership responsibilities. We even have to lead our selves. In this article I will be looking at organizational leadership. By nature, humans always want to take charge and be in control. So when we are given leadership positions, we tend to monitor every detail of work done in the organization because we want to make sure that things work out the way we want it to. But should this always be the case?

Let us consider a particular group of church knights. They were 16 in number and were led by Francis. Every year on Christmas eve day, Francis and his team had to prepare the church for the mass in the evening. They had to set up the crib. To do this they had to move the crib to position, cover the floor with hay, hang the lights and the stars, wipe and place the statues. They also had to set up the altar. To do this they had to create a design plan, measure the cloth and pin the linens to the altar to make up the design. Francis divided the team into two groups. The first group was to work on the crib and the other was to work on the altar. However, Francis would not let them do the work without him, he wanted the designs to come out perfectly. So the crib team had to wait for him to create the design of the altar with the altar team. When they had finished with the design, he would leave the small manual work of gathering the required linens to the altar team and would go to work with the crib team. He would help them to move the housing, to place the hay and to hang the lights. Then he would go back to work with the altar team. The team which would have started pinning the linens already would have to take corrections from Francis and change things up. They would spend a whole day doing this leaving Francis too exhausted and in bad shape to participate in the mass.

Francis was the only man thinking for a 16-man team, imagine how exhausting this can be. The reason for having the team is to have many people thinking and working so that large projects can be executed quickly. Francis later realized this and decided to change things up last year.

He first taught the two teams how to complete their designs, then he explained what he wanted for the designs to them. And they set out to work. By noon, they had finished the designs. Francis noticed that the finished work was not exactly as he described, it was even better and more creative. They had time to clean up and they could go home to rest and prepare for the evening mass.

This time the whole team was thinking about the project. They understood the vision of their leader, Francis. This is what it means to lead with the big brain.

But to make the big brain work for him, there are two things a leader must do for his team members.

  1. Competence: He should help his team members to develop the skills required to execute a task. This is what Francis did when he taught them how to complete the designs.
  2. Clarity: He must be clear when communicating the vision to members. He must ensure that the instructions are well received. This is what Francis did when he told the team what he wanted for the design.

With this two pillars set up, you will have the full power of all the brains on your team. This is how to lead with THE BIG BRAIN.