Leadership is a complex process, role, or responsibility. It requires competent knowledge and skills that will allow one to exhibit admirable and efficient leadership skills as a means to realize the purpose of being a leader. Roger Martin and Phillip Pryor put down into writing a discussion about the desirable and commendable traits of a leader, particularly on thought processes, with the purpose of solidifying how leaders should think in order to become successful in the process. The remainder of this text will look into the works of Martin and Pryor as an effort to understand how leadership and the desirable leadership traits are framed in order to provide the readers with the relevant and obliging material on how they will become successful leaders.
According to Martin (2007), successful leaders are complex individuals in thought. He reiterated that leadership is a dynamic and multifaceted phenomenon that requires the ability of an individual to handle various convoluted issues and problems all at the same time. Overall, Martin specifically labeled successful leaders as integrative thinkers. For instance, successful leaders handle the decision-making process efficiently despite the difficulties or dilemmas that it might present. Often, leaders have to come up with the decisions that are difficult to make due to the complex and contrasting situations or choices. Therefore, leaders are often satisfied when situations or events are practical and simple enough for them to handle.
However, Martin suggests that when leaders always find themselves in easy situations then success will be far from their reach. This is because, leaders who often experience problems and difficulties are those who are more inclined to learn and obtain something from their experiences, allowing them to improve or develop their knowledge and skills as leaders. Martin also acknowledges the role on an individual’s environment in influencing the leadership skills and competencies acquired by an individual. He believes that leaders are not only born, but also bred in order for them to accommodate the necessary knowledge and skills in order to become successful leaders who practice integrative thinking in order to realize their purpose, goals, and objectives.
Perhaps the views of Martin are precursors to the assertions of Pryor. According to Pryor (2003), leaders are supposed to be highly skilled and knowledgeable about almost everything that concerns their job. Pryor’s views on leadership make it look like an extremely difficult role or responsibility as he discusses the numerous and comprehensive roles that leaders should exhibit. For instance, leaders within organizations should be able to determine the issues and problems that the organization is facing through evaluation and assessment in order to identify ways on how to address or resolve the issues and problems, and implement plans of action while eliminating the possible occurrence of risks and threats toward the organization. Leaders should be able to do everything all means possible in order to accomplish the goals and objectives of the organization, particularly on making people and particular situations work to the advantage of the organization.
Since leadership is a very complex concept, reading and reviewing the articles written by Martin and Pryor are excellent means of learning how to become an excellent leader. It seems like the articles are standards or guidelines that help individuals understand the requirements or necessities that come with leadership, providing individuals with concise information on how one will become a successful leader. Perhaps almost all the traits that make up a strong and successful leader were discussed point by point in each article, establishing their usefulness in terms of helping support and develop the leadership faculties of both the authors’ readers. One good thing about both articles is that they stray away from the conventional ideas of leadership, restricted on the usual traits of being authoritative and such. Both articles, particularly Pryor’s sets leadership under the backdrop of the 21st century, considering the kind of society that we live in and the priorities and expectations that individuals have at present time, the external factors that easily motivate individuals into changing or transforming their behavior, etc. Indeed, leadership nowadays is pretty complex, not only limited to leading or manipulating individuals and situations to one’s own purpose but also considering other external factors that develop and enrich leadership such as motivation, current events and situations, goals and objectives, etc.