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Leading from Within
Many young adults set out to be leaders in life without ever realizing that they can be leaders in their own right, right now, right here, without ever going to university or acquiring a college certificate! Leadership is not simply an acquired skill or a talent given to a few, it is about taking personal responsibility and ownership of one’s thoughts, words and deeds, and setting an example worth following… something you probably won’t find in many high school curricula!
It’s often said that the best leaders lead by example. They know that whatever they do, others seeing them will do the same. If they act with integrity they will inspire others to be like them – wise and fearless. Likewise, if they behave badly or take advantage of company assets for their personal use, then so will others.
A leader knows that their motivation is what will motivate others. Their energy will create the rhythm and tempo that others will be inspired to follow. He or she will not wait for others to act first. They know that in order to push the boundaries of what’s possible it is necessary to stand apart from the crowd.
A responsible leader is in control of their actions, behaviour and emotions. They are able to manage themselves from the inside out rather than being influenced from the outside in. He or she is able to maintain a calm, cool composure and is able to easily make critical decisions in the heat of the moment.
Productivity at work does not come from providing training and skills workshops, but from people who are feeling inspired and motivated.
A manager does what’s in front of him or her, but a leader is prepared to do what’s right. Leaders of influence are guided by their ethics and values. Research conducted by Team Technology in the UK asked 4000 people the question: “What qualities in a Leader will make someone follow that Leader?” Honesty was cited as the first quality. ‘Honesty is not just about telling the truth, but also acting out of fairness and being straight forward in your conduct. This builds trust in the people because what they see is what they get. There are no blind spots and the leaders actions are based on the truth.’
Integrity and humility were also in the list, as was servant leadership – an attitude of serving and honouring the people you lead. This contrasts with many ‘leaders’ of today who take from the people and do not give to the people. Integrity is aligning what you say in public and what you do in private. Leaders with humility will not hold back from giving credit where credit is due – they understand that the success of their people is their success also.
A powerful leader is one who leads by using core, or spiritual values. This can only be accomplished when people have become adept at managing themselves. Like an iceberg, most of what drives us in a certain direction are the ‘undercurrents’ or the effects of the nine-tenths of ourselves that are largely unknown to us – feelings, attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, memories, and desires. The leader will be able to manage these ‘nine-tenths’, and take themselves in the direction that they decide to go.
We are leading, i.e influencing others, at every moment. Not just in the office, but at home, with the children, in the supermarket, or on the bus. If we have the awareness that we are on the ‘stage of the world’ being watched by many as we play our various parts, then we may just take more care to act in the right way. When our attitude and behaviour inspires others to reach for their highest potential, then we truly are a leader.
It’s time… to realize that you are a powerful leader with or without your college certificate! At every moment, aim to be an example of inspiration worth following. Learn to manage your inner ‘nine-tenths’ and in doing so you will be managing your success and the success of those around you. If you are honest and transparent you will have nothing to be afraid of!
Your Divine Brother
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