Leadership Traits of The Legendary Leader William Wallace

Leadership is one of the most admirable traits in the long history of mankind. Almost every nation and era has seen the rise (and sometimes fall) of great leaders; men and women who changed history for the better, who made a dent in the universe, who irreversibly had a lasting impact on all mankind. In the great nation of Scotland, lived the 11th century legend of William Wallace, who though being an ordinary landowner at one time went on to become one of the leading persons in the revolutionary Wars of Scotland. Wallace’s remarkable tenure in the War was portrayed magnificently by Mel Gibson in the 1995 Academy Award winning movie, ‘Braveheart’. Although a historical depiction, the movie is full of enduring illustrations in leadership skills. For our purposes however, we will look at one of my most favourite scenes that exemplifies this.

Before an intimidating array of English forces, stand the Scottish army, weary, low-spirited and reluctant to fight the English for fear of loss and death. Wallace rides from atop the hill, blue war paint streaked across his face, with his eye on the English forces on the horizon. He faces the battered Scots and begins talking to them. Several features of his leadership skills emerge from this breathtaking dialogue which leadership can incorporate even today:

“If this is your army, why do you go?”

Wallace asks the forces what their purpose is amidst their identity as an army. This is a crucial first step in helping people see the bigger picture – who are they? What are they here for? What drives them? Before focusing on the objective at hand, he gets to the heart of their personhood. Leaders must first learn to get to the hearts of the people they lead.

“I see my countrymen as an army…here in defiance against tyranny”

To the bickering and skepticism of the Scots, Wallace reminds them of the significance of why they are really here. People, including employees within a company, can easily be intimidated or skeptical of the task ahead of them. It is then when leaders must remind them to stand strong, face down the challenges that stare them in the face and stand for something bigger than their fears. It is when the odds are against them that true leaders find the strength within themselves to lift everyone else up.

“They may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”

Wallace reminds the Scots of what is on the line here – not their comforts, happiness or even their lives but their legacy, their destiny, their freedom. Leaders must always be ready to remind their followers of those things that are bigger than them or their challenges. There is more at stake than just a job, a paycheque or profits. There is integrity, effort and excellence. And when the day is long gone and the problems are far behind, one can rest in the fact that they gave it their all, for the greater good.

Leadership Training Program focus on developing such intangible qualities that help their managers and leaders, not only achieve their goals and targets, but strive to empower everyone around them to reach greater heights as well. Here is an article on 10 qualities of superior leaders: 10 Qualities of Superior Leaders   

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Developing Creativity in Employees Through Outbound Training

Developing Creativity in Employees Through Outbound Training

Outbound Training for corporates is the process of using experiential learning in an unfamiliar outdoor environment to enhance pre-existing skills and talents in employees for further use or development in the workplace. Amongst various aspects that are benefited by participating in Outbound Training, probably one of the least mentioned aspects is the development of creativity. Companies generally tend to put a big emphasis on leadership, communication, teamwork, etc. And while those are certainly necessary, creativity can fall by the way side in the presence of tried and tested methodologies and systems. But when conventional methods fail, the solution may lie in something ‘outside the box’. This is where Creativity can help.

Somebody once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention” and they were right to say so. Far too often people are surprised at what they were able to achieve or pull off when they thought they had no other options. This is what Outbound Training attempts to do. Through a series of tasks or challenges, an individual or team will be required to accomplish a certain task using limited resources in a limited amount of time. But the ‘courses’ might be designed in a way that is not easily compatible with the resources available at hand. In other words, the participants will invariably have to come up with a crude tool, equipment, system or activity, using a combination of equipment and services, to overcome the hurdles that stare them in the face. Having successfully put together multiple minds, they innovatively use resources to bypass the obstacle. They are then free to move to the next challenge or continue along the trail. Doing such activities over and over again help create a neurological tangent within the brain to look for any and every possible alternative to overcome a setback. This can be a crucial trait in a high performance work place scenario that may be fraught with challenges and obstacles on an everyday basis.

Outbound Training programs are widely used today all over the world, including developing countries like India and China. Moving into the 21st century, the onus to improve and stay a step ahead of the competition falls squarely on the companies who are looking to be big players in a technologically industrialized tomorrow. Here is a resource on what activities companies use to develop their employees: HR OutBound Training

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