What is Leadership? Here are a few definitions:
“A leader is one who guides and develops the activities of others and seeks to produce continual training and direction”
“Leadership is the discipline of deliberately exerting special influence within a group to move it toward goods of beneficial permanence that fulfill the group real needs”
Knowing what to do next;
Knowing why that’s important; and
Knowing how to bring appropriate resources to bear on the need at hand.”
“Leadership is causing people to take effective action:
Or just to keep it simple:
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way
Leadership is an awesome responsibility. I have endeavored in this page to get rid of fuzzy thinking about leadership. There are many principles that I believe will see your effectiveness as a leader soar. I trust that there are help you to rise to your full potential. Note that they are principles. You will have to take the time to develop your own steps of action whether or not you lead many or just few.
The world is full of opportunities waiting to be seized. Be the leader you were to be. Be yourself, but be your best self. Dream your dreams; get your pen and paper to develop a plan of action to achieve your goals. Have the courage to act on your ideas despite the possibilities of pain, tears and failure. There are risks involved when you say yes to life and decide to reach for goals that you never dreamed possible.
Since creation, billions of people have walked on the earth. There never will be another one just like you, you so unique. And because you are so unique you can develop those special talents and abilities you have to fulfill your purpose and destiny.
No matter what happen in this world there will be room at the top and there will always be room for the pioneer.
Become the leader you were meant to be.
Leadership is about working with people to do new things in a world which is increasingly complex and fast changing. We need organizations that are flexible and sustainable, and organizations are made up of individuals. Leadership is not necessarily linked to authority. It is about mobilizing people to tackle the toughest problems and to do their best work. Leadership is embedded in every one of us, but the key is to unlock our personal passion which will give us the courage to do things that appear difficult, uncertain or even unpopular.
Authenticity as a leader means aligning who you are with what you do. It means making sure that your actions live out your words: if you say something is important, this is reflected in how you spend your time. When we see authentic leaders, we see congruence – people who are consistent in their beliefs and who behave in a way that demonstrates those beliefs in action. For example: if you say people are important, do you spend enough time with people, really listening to them? Authentic leaders have a reputation for keeping their promises – they are 100% trustworthy because they are driven by their values.
FEAR THE MASTERY OF ALL GENERATION
THE FEAR OF FAILURE
Leaders are people who are not afraid to fail. They have the ability to accept their failures and continue on, knowing that failure is consequence of trying. The law of failure is one of the most powerful of all the success laws because you only really fail when you quit trying.
Failure is only the opportunity to move intelligently and begin again. The greatest mistake a man can make is to be afraid of making one.
Remember you never fail if you are doing your best. You can turn a failure into success if you learn from it. You grow by your failings.
Remember you will not always win. Some days, the most resourceful individual will taste defeat. But there is in this case always tomorrow – after you have done your best to achieve success today.
Most successful leaders fail time and time again. It’s not whether or not you fail but whether you have the courage to get up again.
A position attitude is a person’s passport to a better tomorrow. A misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.
THE FEAR OF SUCCESS
Some are afraid launch out into the deep for fear they might be successful. They are not sure they can handle it and so prefer to stay in the comfort zone.
You will never gain the sight of some distant harbor if you are afraid of losing sight of the shore.
What does fear and anxiety do? It doesn’t empty tomorrow of its problems, but it empties today of its strength. It doesn’t make you escape trouble, but it makes you unfit to handle it when it comes.
Here are some of the most common form of fear:
The fear of poverty
The fear of criticism
The fear of ill heath
The fear of loss of the love of some one
The fear of old age
The fear of death
The fear of failure
The fear of heights
The fear of disease
The fear of crowds
The fear of rejection
The fear of unemployment
The fear of morning away
The fear of what others say about you
The fear of being yourself
The fear of buying or selling
The fear of the loss of finance
The fear of war
The fear of the dark
The fear of being alone
The fear of the enemy
The fear of man (human being)
The fear of spirit
The fear of words
The fear of satan
The fear of law
The fear of paying price
The misfortunes hardest to bear are those which rarely happen.
Fear causes us to worry and threatens to destroy our inner peace and outward poise. It uses scare tactics and surprise attacks. It waits to attack you at your most vulnerable moment. No poison so effectively robs the mind of all its powers of action and reason than fear.
An old Indian fable tells of a mouse which was in constant distress because of its fear of the rat. A magician took pity on it and turned it into a cat. Immediately it became afraid of the dog. So the magician turned it into a tiger. Immediately it began to fear the hunter. Then the magician said: ‘Be a mouse again. You have only the heart of a mouse on I cannot help you.’
All form of fear produce fatigue. No wonder so many are drained of vim and vitality. Fear drains energy. One of the greatest key to leadership is energy. Study any leader and you will discover one of their great secrets it their tireless energy.
Florence nightingale would work twenty four hours at a stretch.
John Wesley travelled on horse back the equivalent of ten times around the earth’s equator.
Fear will cut a channel into which all other thoughts drain. You cannot afford to luxury of allowing worry to deplete your energy.
Fear stop you from trying. Your fears will stop you unless you stop them first.
The positive mind has extra problem solving power.
CREATE YOUR OWN COURAGE
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience, but you must stop and look fear in the face … you must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Here are some suggestions to create courage:
Live for a great and a high cause. What great dreams do you have that keep you awake at night?
Remember, people are counting on you. Your family, your church, your organization and your team.
Keep your dreams vividly before you at all times. Obstacles are what you see when you take your eyes off the goals.
Remember: – courage is not the absence of fear but the mastery of it