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5September

2016

Leadership Essence

Recently in my reading, I came across this quote from Alexandra the Great which reads, “An army of sheep led by a lion is better than an army of lions led by a sheep”

Leadership therefore is transformational in nature. For this transformation to happen, leaders need to continually ask ourselves these questions.

Who am I?
Perhaps the most important question to ask ourselves is this question of self-perception, “Who am I?”. Knowing this can lead us closer towards decisions which help us live as we want to and not as others want or feel.

Why am I here?
It was Pablo Picasso that once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away”. For leaders, finding our purpose is essential. It is this process of thinking that helps focus your mind and in turn your actions.

It is through a purpose driven life that lets us wake up every morning with a hope of a better tomorrow.

What can I do?
It is important to note that leaders do not need to be extraordinary, privileged or special to be able to make an impact. What is important is that we should not be intimidated but get be “out there” to connect with others, share knowledge and offer authentic viewpoints and opinions.

Where am I going?
One of the key traits that distinguishes leaders from the flocks is our view of the world around us. In other words, what is our picture of the future?

Concerning leadership, a vision defines a mental image of the future and aspects of direction or goal. Vision provides guidance by articulating what it wishes to attain. It serves as a signpost pointing the way for all who need to understand what the organization is and where it intends to go. By providing a picture, vision not only describes goal, but also the means of accomplishing it. Hence, a vision is a picture of the future for which people are willing to work.

In summary, when leaders invest time and energy to develop the above questions, we provide an inspiration for those around us.

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