Written by Temi
Everything rises and falls on leadership. Leaders are people who want to see change and therefore drive change. Leadership is the ability to influence others through inspiration.
3 key ingredients are Passion, Motivation and Vision.
There are 3 Leadership types and they are; A – Leading Self B – Leading Others C – Leading an Organisation
This article will focus on Leading Self and Leading Others.
Leading Self – This is knowing one’s limit, being able to influence yourself to achieve your objectives. In order to lead others, a leader has to first be able to lead or influence himself or herself. Self-leadership involves Spiritual and Emotional Intelligence, Self Management. Social Skills and Social Awareness.
Core areas in Leadership:
a) Emotional Management- A leader will have to manage emotions and should be able to interact with others.
b) Managing Decisions – This involves being able to manage decisions around finances, priorities, family, health, growth, generous with resources and time, self-evaluation, and having values intact.
Essentials of Leadership: a) Feedback – Leaders need to be open to feedback as it aids self-assessment and ensures that the leader is leading in the right path. Be open to criticism. a) Mentoring – Get someone to mentor you in your area of interest or weakness c) Self-development – Seminars, training and similar
Attributes of Self-leadership: a) Self-discipline – Showing self-control b) Self Security- Know your limit and encourage others to flourish in their area of gifting. c) Selflessness- A good leader deals with fairness and is unbiased
Leading others: This entails leading by example- First mastering the act of self-leadership.
Whilst leading others a leader will come across different personalities as follow: i) Obnoxious people- they just discourage you from inception. ii) Teachable people iii) Helpless people iv) The Emotionally damaged v) Reckless people vi) Superiors
A sound leader will realise that he/she is to serve these people, and will reach out to help or receive support based on areas of need and personalities as listed above. Everyone has something to add, a good leader will work with even the superiors to bring about change.
*****A leader will drive change by using the resources available.
Positive leaders are proactive and they tap into the power of vision to drive the vision.