Many executives start and assume an upward trending trajectory built on sets of values. However, it reaches a time when their performance suddenly suffers, and failure becomes imminent. Rarely do they understand why and how to avoid the issue?
Over time, leaders adopt seven main archetypes that include explorer, rebel, truth teller, inventor, navigator, hero, and Knight.
However, there is a hidden gap in every archetype that presents a competing side. The main question is how to gain loyalty that will last? The answer is becoming the knight who is associated with the following;
- Protection and chivalry
- Devotion to serve
- Special loyalty filled with reliability, dependence, and dedication
- Making service to others a priority
Loyalty: The secret to knights success
Knight leaders are ardent champions and protectors of organizations they work for, missions of businesses, and customers. A knight leader depicts the following qualities:
Knights make one feel safe
When you develop the knight’s persona, the staff will feel safe because you are protecting them. This safety makes them take bold moves that help to open a business to new opportunities.
Knights engineer loyalty
Loyalty in organizations is all about bonds and protection. It means acting as a unit (in partnership) and guaranteeing security for one another. In leadership, this narrows down to protecting those who work for you.
Knights appreciate talents
Loyalty in business surpasses working as a team. It entails pooling strengths and talents of your followers in a manner that makes them feel appreciated (making them know they are part of a worth course). Many people do not simply head to work every day for a paycheck, but because they want to devote mind to something more meaningful.
Leadership gaps evident in every knight
In every night, leadership gaps persist and reveal the mercenary who is self-serving. Unlike the knights, mercenary leaders depict these qualities.
- Poor dedication: When a leader does not invest in those he leads, it demonstrates he is disinterested. Such leaders are not committed to their people and, in return, they set themselves on the path to failure.
- Lack of loyalty: A leader who does not safeguard and protect his people makes them feel very insecure. It is not enough to only tell the staff that their jobs are secure. The best leader demonstrates this by ensuring that staff appreciates they have his/her back.
- Lack of accountability: The moment a leader become unaccountable for failures in his organization, the immediate line of defense is laying it on others. This brings a lot of disloyalty among the staff and compromises their commitment.
Note that there is no gray line when it comes to loyalty; it is black and white. One can only be loyal or not loyal at all.
All about leadership
Linking the gap between being a mercenary leader and a knight leader demands understanding that leaders must be dedicated, devoted, and always on duty.
They never boast or seek titles. You will never find them with a ledger to note who is right and wrong, but progressively builds capacity, trust, and commitment in all staff. If you have a mercenary trait, changing is no doubt an uphill task. However, you must work towards it to enjoy sustainable results from the organization.