Leadership can be hard to define and it means different things to different people. Leaders set direction and help themselves and their subjects to do the right thing to move forward. To do this they create an inspiring vision, and then motivate and inspire others to reach that vision.
Yes, people who put you in leadership positions will look for certain qualities in you as a leader. The universal truth is that no leader possesses all the necessary leadership qualities because as human as we are, we are never perfect, we are never complete and we are never born knowing everything that we need to know.
We are born into life with its own challenges. Our approach and efforts in tackling these challenges will eventually bring out our qualities, our strengths and weaknesses as human beings. And because we don’t operate in a vacuum, others will soon appreciate or disapprove some of our ‘qualities’.
How can one be born a natural leader? Is there life before birth? Can an unborn child have the following qualities? If the answer is yes, then how did we see it even when one hasn’t set his/her foot into this dynamic world? Scholars have defined leadership as a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task.
A person worth a leadership position is expected to have these qualities: Vision, Courage, Focus, Corporation, Humility and be a strong strategic planner.
Unfortunately, these qualities can’t be seen in a two weeks old baby. The baby should thus grow, experience life, face challenges, and only then will we say that he/she has qualities of a leader. And in modern day politics, people campaign to showcase their qualities and their strengths.
And guess what? It is in these campaigns where we identify their weaknesses (nobody is at liberty to expose his/her own weaknesses). Us as the ‘subjects’ will then appraise these qualities, strengths and weaknesses to effectively settle on you as a potential leader.
Landing a leadership post doesn’t mean that you are the perfect available candidate. It only means that you have fared better than any of the contestants one was competing with.
You are only occupying that seat because we have confidence in you, we have confidence in your vision, we have confidence in your courage and we have confidence in your strategic planning.
It is your humility that will make us corporate with you, and you as a leader, you should appreciate that you need our cooperation for you to be able to showcase these God given qualities, characteristics and talents. You are the fish and we are the water. Without us you can’t swim, without people you can’t lead.
In modern day politics, leadership is indeed like an athletics relay, where one will eventually pass the button to the next person (although some misguided elements would like to run the race alone, maybe because of the ‘comfort’ that power and leadership brings).
The more you would want to hang on to a position, the more these qualities will diminish. One will lose focus, humility, vision, resistance from your subjects and receives no corporation from those you will be leading.
once you start losing these qualities, you will then create camps and factionalism (why; because you will not get the necessary support from the people). Because of these negatives, you will not be able to ensure that everybody is pulling in the same direction as you. Once you have that as a “leader”, then you are not a leader.
Current events in our political landscape has shown that the more you overstay your welcome, the more you become a threat to those you are supposed to lead.
If you become obsessed with power, you will soon abandon that same vision that made people appoint you a leader. Because you have lost the common vision, you will then put your efforts in biting the same hand that feeds you. You will disrespect those that helped you to occupy that position. You will think that because you have power then everyone should just follow you even if you are going against the principles of the organization that gave you that opportunity to lead.
You will have a fake feeling that you are indispensible, a feeling that without you nothing will move forward. You will adopt the, “Me, myself and I” syndrome. You will not consult anymore; you will see yourself as the Alpha and Omega of your subjects, the Genesis and Revelations of all mankind and start viewing yourself as the only person who is worth the position that you are holding.
Every other person who will have a different view to yours will be seen as a threat in your own eyes. Eventually your efforts will divert from the shared vision and focus. If you joined a company with the intention to change its vision later, you will be doing yourself a disservice.
Your vision can’t withstand unless it’s making a huge positive impact on the bottom-line. If its not, its just a matter of time before you are shown the door. However, all is not lost. If your feeling persist, borrow from your bank and start to roll out your ideas. Chances are that you will not allow the next person in the name of an employee to impose their ideas.
Real leaders will first apply the “3Ls”. One will have to first LOOK, then LISTEN and then LEARN.I dare to add reading on the menu. And if you cannot read or write since those where not qualities required at the point of your appointment, surround yourself with people armed with such tools. That is the ONLY way you will be able to predict the future. And lead God’s people into the right path. The opposite will ALWAYS head you into disaster and destruction.
I guess you are still not clear as to what yours truly is addressing? You could be right. BUT, look around you to see how many people are trying to belong without complying. In some African villages, the line is solid. “Ngele owa hala oku ninga ombwela, kaninge lyoye.”