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Leadership is both an art and a science that requires understanding of what to and when to do it. In the previous post we looked at some of the traits required for leadership success. One of the biggest misconceptions that I see in many areas, especially in the marketplace, is that management equates to leadership. Leading and managing are totally different as I explained in the previous post and if more people understood the difference it would help them to focus more on developing leaders instead of managers.
Having a title in the workplace or other setting doesn’t make you a leader. For some this may be a light bulb moment. A title just buys you a bit of time to establish your credibility as a leader while your subordinates are asking themselves whether or not you are someone worth following. When people decide to follow a leader their basis is first on whether the leader is someone they would like to follow and then what he has to offer. In other words people first need to buy into you as a leader before considering your vision.
Again, like I mentioned in Part 1 of this series, if you are chicken in terms of leadership why should eagles follow you when they can follow other strong leaders like themselves? Leadership really is about you as an individual and not a title bestowed on you.
One definition of influence that I got from a dictionary is as follows,
“Power to produce an effect, especially on character, beliefs, or actions”
In any setting with a group of people it normally doesn’t take long to establish who the real leader is in that environment. Remember that this has nothing to do with who has a title or not. Who do people turn to for solutions and direction in any given situation? The answer to that question gives a strong indicator of who the leader is.
One of the best ways to illustrate this is by an analogy of sports teams like soccer. When you look at a team like Real Madrid you will find that the teammates look to Cristiano Ronaldo to get them out of tight situations and help the team achieve its goals. He has developed himself exceptionally well throughout his career hence his influence on the team is unquestionable.
I would rate this quality as one of the most important traits in true leaders. Unfortunately this is not the case with most people that are in positions of authority all over the world. As a result we have a lot of suffering in the world today because most people in those positions think about themselves first. Our Lord Jesus Christ, the greatest leader to walk this earth, made the ultimate sacrifice by giving up his life for us to have life today and forevermore. How then can we do any less?
Realize that the higher you go up as a leader the more you should be willing to sacrifice. When you find yourself not willing to make sacrifices anymore you have lost the right to lead others. Be willing to go the extra mile in order to put your team in a winning position because they are looking to you to help them achieve their goals.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post and we hope it has added value to your life. Feel free to share this post and share your comments below. We will be back with more on leadership soon. Until next time,
Be all you can be!