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If you have read the works of John C. Maxwell, widely considered the best leadership expert in the world, you may be familiar with a particular lesson of his. He says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership“
Look at sports teams for example. You may have seen a duel(s) between two equally talented teams and perhaps one of them outperforms the other more regularly. How do you explain that? The answer is leadership. Let’s look at some of the leadership traits that we can apply to our lives.
To be able to lead others you first of all need to know where you are going and why. I have come to understand that leadership is both an art and a science. Painting a vision for people around you is more of an art and determines to a great extent how well you will do as a leader.
“Where there is no vision, the people perish.” ~ Proverbs 29:18
Being able to communicate your vision with conviction to others is critical for success in anything, more so as a leader. That is why personal development is important. You may have the brightest ideas in the world but if you are unable to communicate them they die a natural death.
2. Setting the example
There’s often a misconception that managing people equates to leading them. Managing entails just telling subordinates what to do and checking on them to make sure they have done what they were told to do. The only problem with that approach is that doesn’t bear the desired results in most cases because people have a tendency to do what you do not what you say.
“Actions speak louder than words.”
Leadership is about telling people what to do and showing them how to do it. One of the best examples to illustrate this point is how children emulate what their parents do. If as a parent you say one thing while you do another your children will do what you do not what you say. Be reminded of the words of Saint Paul, “Be ye followers of me, even as I follow Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1)
3. The Law of the Lid
This is another leadership law by John C. Maxwell from his best-selling book, “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” Basically increasing your leadership capacity is dependent on you becoming a better person and overcoming limitations to your potential. If you want to attract eagles into your life you need to develop yourself to the level of an eagle. You cannot attract eagles if you’re a chicken because the two operate on different wavelengths. It’s a case of birds of a feather flock together. If you remain a chicken (for example) you may attract an eagle by luck but they will not stick around for long because your ambitions are different.
I hope these few lessons have been helpful in understanding leadership in a much better way. We will share more lessons about this subject gradually so that you can become a better leader and then be in a position to develop other leaders. Feel free to share with your friends and comment below. We would love to hear your feedback. Until next time,
Be all you can be!