Wednesday, 18 June 2014

MY THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP .


MY THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP .

Leadership in my opinion has more to do with taking charge of your life primarily and being in charge of others secondarily. A true leader is one who has exemplified himself in his personal affairs. One who has made his life worth emulating by taking charge of his abilities and turning them into opportunities that make his life better as well as that of those around him. Leadership is first a responsibility; thus, responding/reacting with your ability to the issues of life and making reasonable results out of them.
Leadership as the name depicts is built on two fundamental branches, which to me are; leader and ship. Thus, Leadership = leader + ship.
To lead therefore implies you need a ship and the ship in this sense encompasses your potentials (abilities, knowledge, skills) and the people (family and friends) around you. You are first the leader of your own life before that of others. And so if you can adequately put yourself in check and lead your own life using your potentials/gifts, then you’ll indirectly attract other people with your potential and lead them as well. Truth is, true leaders are those that can adequately take charge, calculatedly change things and effectively control affairs in their area of gifting. A leader in my definition therefore is an in-charge person, a change agent and a captain of his abilities and his allies. Anyone who leads in his area of giftedness becomes great. The reason being that, he/she deploys his/her seeds or gifts and this in turn produces the best of fruits. And these fruits attract other people or followers who desire your fruits and would want to have more of such. Your fruits then become a source of attraction to your followers. The multitude followed Jesus because he had fruits (ability to teach, heal, deliver, feed them etc.) they wanted. He was successful as a leader because he led in his area of gifting. If he had none of these gifts or any other gifts, he wouldn’t have led well. In fact he would have failed. Much the same way, any leader who wants to succeed must lead in their area of gifting.
Taking cue from what I just explained, leadership operates on the principle of action and attraction. When you activate your potentials/abilities or gifts and act on them you’ll soon attract their corresponding followership in the form of people/ family or friends. The choices you make as a leader will determine the consequences you get. Leadership is more than just having a position. It is functional and not positional. Leadership is cause and all else in life is its effect. Your reaction as a leader reflects the results you make in your life and in that of those whom you lead.
A lot of leadership experts have ascribed many attributes of leadership but the following resonates the most with my perception of a true leader;
A leader is a courageous captain. He’s the lead decision maker and ensures that he initiates interventions and gives directions to enable his team achieve their goals as a group.
A true leader is a person of integrity. He is very honest and goes by the same principles/policies whether there are onlookers or not. He’s true to himself and to his followers.
He is passionate yet a compassionate team player. He is passionate about positively propelling his people to achieve their common purpose but that doesn’t make him becloud his compassion for his people. He ensures that they are all happy and healthy to reach their goals through synergy.
A true leader understands that sometimes he has to take the back seat and be a follower so others can be given the chance to learn and take over in his absence. He understands that you can’t be a leader and a follower at the same time and that sometime you should lean back and learn from others.
A lot can be said about leadership but for now let’s end on the note that, leadership operates on the principle of action and attraction. It moves on the wheels of cause and effect. It revolves around choices and consequences. Good leaders make good choices and good choices result in consequences that cause compelling changes. As a leader, you must choose right in order to lead right. Choose Right!

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