“Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.”
– Albert Schweitzer
Having been around many leaders who taught me the good and showed me the bad, I learned early that character plays a huge role in how well one can lead. Here is a list of 7 things i learned over time from experience, training etc and I believe they are important for a young emerging leader –
1. Focus On What You Have, Not What You Do Not :
The easiest thing you can do is name everything you don’t have and find someone who’s got it easier than you. Focus on what you can create with what you have. You cannot blame anyone or anything for who you did not become. Take responsibility for your own life no matter what the situations are.
– Do not make the mistake of thinking you will wait until you have everything you need to chase your dreams. Start now.
– Being faithful with the little brings increase.
– You do not have to chase every famous person in the world or be in every conference or meeting to build your network. Save some of that time to create something that will attract the right people into your life.
2. Control your mind :
- Learn :
What you learn is an asset that will never be taken away from you. Choose to live with your mind open to learn, at all times. Be willing to learn anything valuable from those younger and older, most experienced or the least, the foolish, the stranger, the weak, even your enemy. You will be surprised at how much you can learn if you keep your mind open to learn. Take time off everyday to think what you can learn from everything that happened on that day.
- Question :
A child will believe everything you say until a certain age, after which they will start questioning why they are doing what they are doing. Yes, there are times when you don’t understand certain things and you continue living in faith, but there are times when you need to ask yourself certain questions to clear perspective and reaffirm vision. Ask yourself why you are doing what you are doing.
- The Ability To Forget :
There will be days and memories you would want to forget. You will need to forget the failed attempts and the many negative words that you will hear as you move forward and lead. This is important in gaining confidence as a leader.
3. Stop and Think :
Technology is robbing us of opportunities to stop and think. Every free minute is spent on social media, watching a video clip, texting a friend, emails etc. We hardly take out time to daydream, think and exercise our creative muscles. It is totally worth it to keep all the fancy devices away and use our minds to think, evaluate and dream.
4. Writing down ideas :
“Ideas are the most fragile things in the world, and if you don’t write them down, they’ll be lost forever.” – Phil Cooke
I have hundreds of notes on my phone and some more on my laptop. I have often pulled over while riding/driving to record voice notes with different ideas for a song or something worth keeping. I have learned that when you write down ideas, it is a deposit in your creative bank account. You have to write them down before they disappear forever.
I recently read on a website that “Simply writing down your plan or idea increases your chance of success by almost a third”. Write down your ideas. Doesn’t matter if its just a word or an entire detailed plan.
5. Who gets the credit? :
“There is no limit to what a man can achieve as long as he doesn’t care who get’s the credit”. – Bob Woodruff
Be quick to give credit where its due. The most effective leaders do not take all the credit for their achievements. Leadership requires humility right at its centre.
6. Stay Passionate :
If you are not passionate about what you do, distractions will chase you down. Passion is your fuel in this journey. You need to have a vision and dream and keep your eyes focused on the end goal. When you know where you are heading, the present challenges seem nothing in comparison. I tried out many different things in life before i actually found what I am passionate about. It is much easier to be committed to what you are passionate about. What is the one thing that consumes your mind at all times?
7. Inspire Others :
Remember, the goal for you as a leader is to raise other leaders. That is when you are a successful leader. Just like a cup can be refilled only once its empty, you’ve got to look for opportunities to impart what you have to somebody else. The more you give away, the more you gain. A good leader always believes in people for who they can be, not for who they are.
Do you have anything to add to the list?
Share your opinions, experiences as a leader in the comments below.
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