Discuss about the Leadership for taking Example of Larry Page.
Leadership is defined as the ability or skill of an individual to lead a group of people which is effective in achieving the desired vision for the organisation. By virtue of leadership, leaders are able to motivate and encourage their team members towards the aspired fostering of objectives and goals (Steiber and Alänge, 2013). It is a well-known fact that leadership trait never comes by birth but are born is developed by virtue of experience and competency level. Thus, leadership skill cannot be taught like management skill; it can only be improved under proper training and guidance. In order to be a good leader, an individual should possess certain quality such as visionary, motivator, problem solver, confident, focused, creative, risk taker, honest and understanding. Additionally, good communication skill is also necessary for a good leader that render clear understanding and negotiation with the peers or the employees (Jain, 2015). For developing a good communication skill, a leader needs to be a good and active listener first. Moreover, the leader must be multi-cultured who fits in themselves in a multi-cultural society.
Scope of the Report
The current discussion about leadership is correlated with a famous personality named, Larry Page (CEO of Alphabet Incorporation, the parent company of Google). He along with Sergey Brin co-founded Google in the year 1998 (Daniel, 2014). Google is one of preferable search engines globally that offer apps for broad range application and is also acclaimed as one of the most demanding company for the job. It must be very challenging on Larry’s part to handle the post of CEO for a company like Google, consisting of more than 46000 staffs and processing an enormous set of projects (Jackson, 2014). Like every other leader, Larry too had a vision, which is “offering a prospect related to easy internet access facility that provides downloading and saving of files” as a service; and from this vision, Google was invented.
Larry Page - A Charismatic Leader
Larry Page is a dynamic leader, who believes in creativity and innovation. He aims at the vision of improving Google and making it a leading company across the globe. Larry is considered to be a charismatic leader who always supports, encourages and inspires the associated employees to do whatever they think right according to their wisdom. He likes to hear and employ other’s opinion as well as their creative ideas (Jackson, 2014). According to his actions, it is evident that new crazy and daring ideas from the employees are always welcomed for changing the company in a better way (George, 2014). For the active involvement in the present competitive world, Larry believes in quick and rapid decision making and taking account of individual employee’s opinion. Being a focused and determined leader he always tries to hire new young and talented employees for Google (Daniel, 2014). A good leader is one whose priority is the team and the team members than their own desire and requirements. In the same way, Larry’s prior concern is also Google and its employee satisfaction. He empowers others by employing them but at the same time, he also focuses on the quality and impact of the employees’ performance of the company (Steiber and Alänge, 2013). Furthermore, he also includes his employees into the decision-making prospect; thereby there is the minimal scope of conflict as well as this approach also motivates employees to bring innovativeness.
Apart from being a dynamic leader, Larry is even a great mentor to his team, who guides his team members towards success. It is seen that most of the successful leaders are successful mentors first, whom the team members obey and follow for instruction (George, 2014). As an active mentor, he gives full pledge freedom to his employees so that they can produce new ideas and innovations. He trains his employees in order that they can be efficient and productive for the company. As a mentor, he provides his employees 20% of the spare time for innovations and creativity, which he can use for the improvement of his company (Jain, 2015).
Philosophy and Beliefs of Larry Page
According to Larry’s opinion, there should not be any competition with others; rather one should compete with himself. It can be clearly seen from the present scenario that Google never believes in competition, despite the presence of several competitors in the market (George, 2014). Google always tries to improve itself by virtue of innovation and discoveries; hence under Larry’s expert leadership Google is on the path of continuous improvement (Jackson, 2014). As a leader, he tries that the members of the company should share a vision and be free to stake and discuss their opinions. According to Larry, good behaviour is more important than creating money; as people remembers character than money.
Larry’s Contribution Towards Google
It is well said quote “with power there comes great responsibility”. In similar consideration, the post of CEO in Google Inc. has considerable responsibility for Larry. In the year 2011, when Larry joined Google, Google was already enjoying the taste of success; but he chose not to depend on it and created his own path towards success. This professional attitude is much important as because, according to Larry, retaining the top position is much more critical compared to that of achieving a top position (Jackson, 2014).
Communication and Being an Excellent Motivator is the Key in Leading People
Larry has a superb communication skill, which is the prime reason behind his success. He has the capability to communicate his vision strategy for the company (Google) to its collaborators and team members. By virtue of this tremendous communicating skill of Larry, he is able to inspire and motivate the employees, sponsors and the consumers; and in the present day, the remarkable growth of Google is clearly visible across the globe (Jain, 2015). More importantly, efficient and transparent communication is an advantage for Larry during collaboration process and critical decision-making process for the company.
Besides leading the team the team, Larry motivates his team as well; that includes both economic and non-economic motivational approaches. He provides motivation to the Google’s staff through appraisal, praising, and other financial motivations which include incentives, retirement benefits, travel allowance, health insurance, free meals, free medical facilities and family allowance. The newer prospect of offering flexible working hours with the introduction of “work from home” is also introduced by Larry, which nowadays is being adopted by a majority of multi-national and national companies (George, 2014). Larry believes that by providing these benefits, the employee gets motivated and their performance gets enhanced towards success. He motivates and inspires his staffs to freely express their innovative ideas and opinion, thereby making them empowered and confident.
Larry Page Emerges as an Innovator
To become the CEO of technology based company Google, innovation is the foremost criteria; which is found in its current CEO, Larry Page (Daniel, 2014). He regularly indulges himself in innovation and creativity of latest technology according to changing demand of the customers. His quality of being innovative made Google the most popular and used browser all over the world. Also because of him only, the android operating system by Google is quite famous among those using smartphones.
Personally, I believe that Larry Page is an outstanding leader, who leads, guides, motivates and communicates his staffs. He is not just a leader but also a friend, philosopher and guide to his employees. As an effective leader, he makes the homely environment for his employees and provides perks for their motivation. The most important factor for a good relation between a leader and his team members is trust, and this trust connects Larry with his employees. All these traits of eldership are thus becoming a key remark for the development of leadership trait among other personal in the present time.
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