Many times we have come across this term. But what has set me thinking is something different. Is it a compliment or an indication of something more, unsaid, in the context of the current corporate functioning?
While there is no denying the fact of what the term means. But, do we want such arrangements in the current economic scenario? Do we need people who are used to handling all things on their own in organizations? Do we want to develop a culture where there are such people who chug along on their own? On a personal level, I strongly believe that one needs people with courage and guts to take decisions and do things to take the organizations and teams to next level but, the question is will the “one-man army” work in the larger good of the organization?
In this dynamic environment, we need competent teams who are working towards a common objective rather than “One Man Army”. Not only do the teams have an edge in terms of the sheer number of perspectives and knowledge but they also foster the development of camaraderie between individuals. It promotes a culture of interdependence which is essential in building a great workplace. On the other hand, individuals who operate like “One Man Force” not only hamper the knowledge sharing within an organization but also lead to heartburns among the others who don’t get to be a part of the “project” which is occupying mind-space and efforts of the management. Yes, we need strong people who can lead, take charge and give direction. But, we also need strong mentors, people who share knowledge, who participate and guide, share and grow with others. Hence, while promoting / rewarding high performers we need to ensure that they operate in harmony with others as well.
From an individual’s perspective being a great performer is no doubt the best thing but to move ahead and up (specifically) we all need to collaborate and lead. No matter how much one is capable one needs to share knowledge and develop people. One cannot be “The expert” in all areas. We have to collaborate and team up for the best results. Remember that while one may make a great “One Man Army” at the end of the day one needs to develop many more great performers to become the “General”. Until one can’t be replaced one can’t be promoted. So make a choice do we want to become a “One Man Army” or the “General” !!!!!