Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Everything in leadership is an opportunity

Everything in life is an opportunity. If we learn to ignore them, then we could ignore opportunities that are very significant in our life. Is it possible to accept every opportunity given to us? No, but it is possible to respond to them. Exploring opportunities that you have or want to have is very important in succeeding. Many do not want to see or take the chance on an opportunity. Many may think that an opportunity is a guarantee ‘shoe in’ for success. However, opportunities can turn out to be bad for the person. What are the different types of opportunities? Some types of opportunities can be seen as good, bad, risky, guaranteed, safe, dangerous, important, non-important, believable and non-believable. There are probably more categories of opportunities than these, but this seems to be a solid foundation for further probing. These opportunities suggest that they come in pairs. This model can be accepted based on the premise that are different type of opportunities, meaning that if there one specific type of opportunity, there can be a direct opposite.  This blog looks to explore the different types of opportunities as well as the integration of them within the study of leadership.

Good and bad opportunities can be defined as occasions where a person has the option to participate in a choice that is morally good or bad. How does one define good or bad? This may be a question for a theologian or philosopher. In general, one can define an opportunity as bad based on their personal belief. The most important issue here is that whether that belief impedes on another’s. As the world becomes more globally conscious, it is necessary for people in different nations to accept and respect others’ belief. More importantly, accepting one’s belief can assist in the determining of one’s good and bad opportunities within the realm of leadership. Understanding morally bad and good opportunities can determine the future of company as well as the perception of it. 

Opportunities, in regards to levels of risk, are essential to leadership development. There are times when leaders need to make decision based on the opportunities’ risk levels. However, some decisions that are made have little to no risk and profit the organization as a whole anything. One of the main reasons for leaders being paid large amounts of money is because of the amount of risk one takes with their personal life, family well-being, and personal security. 

As a leader, making decisions that have different levels of safety concerns can have various effects on the organization. Nevertheless, many decisions are not based on this aspect alone. Numerous manufacturing companies have employees that work in conditions that provide more chances of bodily harm. Does this mean that leaders should shut down operation? No, it means that leaders have to take certain precautions before deciding whether the company should engage in greater levels of safety behaviors. 

Next, opportunities of importance and non-importance are noticed daily. Moreover, leaders make decisions that have different levels of importance every day. How does one engage in these opportunities? Obviously, leaders have to deal with important opportunities primarily. This is necessary when discussing opportunities in leadership because many may be bogged down with opportunities that are of lower importance and make little to no engagement of opportunities of significance for themselves or the organization. 

Believable and non-believable opportunities are something that people are faced with on a daily basis as well. For example, infomercials about making millions of dollars over night or Rich Dad, Poor Dad teachings can be seen as different levels of believability. As leaders, it is important to realize the level of believability and act on it accordingly. It may take research and meetings to determine if one should act on an opportunity, but one should not dismiss an opportunity based on this factor alone. 

All in all, opportunities are a part of leadership. Understanding the type of opportunity that one has is important in the success of the company, regardless of the business size or position within the body. Knowing that there are good, bad, risky, safe, dangerous, important, and believable opportunities may assist in the development of leaders as well organizations.

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