By Guest Contributor Paul Dupuis
Over history, exceptional leaders have inevitably crafted their own, personal versions of leadership. Whether it was the commanders who led armies into battle in the middle ages, the artists of the Renaissance who launched a revolution, the titans of the industrial revolution or the technological innovators of our current day, these leaders all share one common strength — an uncanny ability to “Envision” a new world, to create a powerful sense of belief and to lead others into that new world.
In modern times, formal leadership models are in abundance — some are rooted in servant leadership, others in consensus-based decision-making, while more recently, others focus heavily on enabling. Of course, all leadership models aim to culminate in the final measurement of success — Execution.
As NIKE says, ”Just do it”.
- Leadership is personal, it’s about you
- Leadership models are the What, the real magic happens when we reach the Why and the How
These models vary but often overlap. We’ve all been exposed to the frameworks at one point; “The 3 C’s”, “Level 5 Leadership”, “Situational Leadership”, etc…
Leaders like Jack Welch crafted the “3E’s”, inspired by the role models in his life as an athlete and as a young manager. He later inspired Bob McDonald from P&G to create his own version of leadership, which eventually became ‘5E’s”. These models continue to evolve, with the variety and number of C’s and E’s increasing over time, as leadership becomes more and more personal.
Mahatma Gandhi, a truly transformative leader, lived and breathed his own “E” — to empower those around him to bring his vision of peace to life. And perhaps no one excited and inspired those around him to execute on a bold vision — one that involved risking their lives — than Gandhi did.
- Exceptional leaders were raised by exceptional leaders.
- Leadership models are just that, unique models based on previous models. Craft your own model of leadership
- Transformative leaders live and breathe their leadership beliefs – they execute.
Certainly, anyone who has studied leadership has also encountered Maslow’s ‘hierarchy of needs’. Since that ground-breaking study in 1943, we’ve come to understand how effective leadership is closely connected with ensuring that these needs are addressed. These are the key enablers on the quest of the leader to bring his/her vision to life.
Leadership models, whether rooted around the C’s or the E’s, are an open source code – shared, built on top of one another, growing stronger with each layer. There are no “secrets of effective leadership”.
- The E5 Movement is based in the notion that leadership is an open source code. Nobody owns it, everybody shares it.
- Exceptional leaders look to the past leaders for answers to future challenges
In my own journey, I’ve discovered that leadership is both timeless and borderless, it spans across cultures and eras. In Japan in the early 1900’s, long before formal leadership models were constructed, Konosuke Matsushita, the founder of Panasonic, was ahead of his time. His leadership philosophy was strongly rooted in an “E” which is especially relevant today – empathy. His humanistic approach to leadership fuelled his mission to activate another critical “E” to the company’s success over the past 100+ years, to create an environment where leaders enable their teams to shine.
And in India, Ratan Tata, the legendary former Chairman of the Tata empire who was admired as a hands-on, engaging leader. He crafted his own “E’s” which were at the venter of his personal and corporate mission; “Excellence in Execution”.
The wonderful thing about the exceptional leaders who I’ve met, observed and studied is that they are passionate about sharing their ideas about leadership with anyone who will listen.
And when leaders listen, leaders grow stronger together.
- Exceptional leadership is timeless and borderless
“Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes”, a Latin phrase from the 12th century attributed to Bernard of Chartres, and later used by Isaac Newton when he reflected on his own journey of discovery as a scientist and philosopher, learning and applying lessons from those that came before him; “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants”.
- Even the most accomplished leader will proudly admit that he/she was mentored and influenced by a leader who walked before
- Exceptional leaders are grateful for the opportunity to stand on the shoulders of giants, and they applying their learnings in crafting their own version of leadership
Every leader I’ve met and studied has a compelling story of starting out on the front line. We all begin our journey as ‘newbies’. In turn, the exceptional leaders I’ve been around readily admit that they didn’t get to where they are on their own. They were coached, encouraged and mentored along the way by the giants. This notion is deep within Japanese culture where the ‘senpai’, (literally, the “one who walked before me”), is admired and respected. The exceptional leaders then, are inherently humble, and grateful for those who supported them on their journey. And they take these learnings and use them to craft their own personal version of leadership. They stand on the shoulders of giants, and willingly pass on their learnings to the next generation…and when they see the next generation apply these learnings, a small voice in their head says, “mission accomplished”.
The E5 Movement was born out of my learnings from these exceptional leaders and thinkers who walked ahead of me. They cross borders and genres, from the arts, to business, to politics and sports. So while you may find the core elements of The E5 Movement to be familiar, I’ve attempted to offer a perspective which is both fresh and personal, with plenty of anecdotes from my own journey.
It’s a call to action for all leaders to come together, shoulder to shoulder, to honour and learn from past leaders, and to focus on the future. And ultimately, to build a community of leaders on a shared mission to lead teams to achieve great things.
Welcome to The E5 Movement!
- There is an endless number of E’s when it comes to effective leadership. Choose your own version, and bring them to life
- Exceptional leaders surround themselves with fellow leaders, and become stronger together
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Dupuis is CEO and Managing Director of Randstad India and the former Chairman of HOPE International (JP). Paul is bilingual, speaking both English and Japanese, and has lived and worked across Asia for more than 25 years.
Learn more about The E5 Movement
From a young backpacker, sleeping on a park bench in Japan, to leading one of the biggest corporate giants in the Asia-Pacific region, Paul Dupuis has built a career through game changing leadership – crafted through his own real-life experiences as an athlete, volunteer and CEO. The E5 is a unique leadership model; a call to action to all leaders, globally, to inspire and lead for change. The five Es are: envision; express; excite; enable; execute.
These five rules of game-changing leadership will revolutionize the way leaders approach each new challenge. The real-life anecdotes combined with the conversational tone of the book make this an accessible and impactful read. Thought provoking and practical, this book will inspire leaders to think about their leadership, adopting the five Es on their mission to lead their teams to excellence – a true game-changer. Pick your five and join the movement!
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