It was a humiliating defeat of Brazil to Germany 1 to 7 , even though the German coach Joachim Low said... "let's not overrate it".
Apparently Brazilian's defence was poor and all over the place. The Malaysian Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak got involved as well and said:
"This is due to lack of leadership. There was no proper leadership. If this can happen to a football team, what more can happen to a country if it is lead in the same way ... without effective leadership, vision and commitment?"
Leaving politics aside, I'd like to paraphrase that using procurement instead:
"There was no proper leadership. If this can happen to a football team what more can happen to a procurement department if it is lead in the same way ... without effective leadership, vision and commitment?"
What would your answer be?
... I'm not sure about your answer but for me it would be straightforward ....
Let's NOT reach to that level of (un)leadership.
What is then effective procurement leadership, vision and commitment?
What I know for sure is that procurement leadership is NOT JUST motivating, influencing & empowering people.
Brazilian players I believe, were all motivated & empowered by their coach but they still lost badly. This is only one part of leadership.
When you watch the Leading & Managing in Procurement Video On Demand Series, you will find that there are 2 parts to procurement leadership.
The first of course is that a leader needs to influence, motivate and empower people. However the second part is much more important.
That actually insures that even those who are not great at motivating people can be very effective leaders in procurement ...
You can find what's the second part of procurement leadership in our first video which can be accessed here.
And please leave your comments there ...
Chief Executive Officer
Purchasing & Procurement Center Inc.