SHALOM GREAT ONE! Been really digging deep. Trying to find ways to help you grow- growing a little every day soon puts you far behind those growing so much every day. Be ferocious in your learning. The new thing you know is the history that you have not read. The superior teacher does not lead one to the doors of wisdom, but pushes one to the limits of the mind- Khalil Gibran. I share with you insights that if you chose to practice, will change your life.
Your leadership development programme should reflect your commitments and your burning desire to make the most of your talents. If you do the right things, you will become a leader. Do not wait for the right attitudes to appear. Action forms attitudes. Do not wait for inspiration. Action brings inspiration. Really, nothing else makes sense, it is only what you do.
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Back to LEADERSHIP.
The emphasis on humility in leadership is unmistakable. Consider Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi and the beautiful traits of utter integrity, courage and lack of bitterness, even in the face of hardship and persecution. They both brought freedom and healing to their nations. In looking toward the future, the “humble” partnership-seeking leaders of the future will need to cultivate a sense of deep humility in their leadership and see potential greatness in others, and as a key task, develop this greatness into engagement and transformation.
It is easier for the leader’s gentle conduct to arouse genuine admiration than a loud aggressive approach would take. Leaders who relieve themselves of the artificial symbols of office are much more powerful than those who cling for them. It is the whole idea why you must become a self- leader. No man is fit to lead who cannot lead himself first- Abraham Lincoln. When you perfect the art of influence by the gift of a great example that you set, you do not need formal authority, you can do without it. Sad, that so many continue to rely on this illusion of power. Formal authority has become unimportant. Leadership is moral authority, not formal. Leadership at its most sublime, teaches people’s hearts.
Here is the paradox of leadership: the more dispensable you make yourself, by empowering and inspiring your fellow men to aspire and become their absolute best, the more indispensable you become. To be secure as a leader, empower others by listening to them and affirming their worth and potential. Leadership is communicating worth and potential to people so clearly that they come to see it in themselves.
Place yourself on an equal footing with others without losing the respect that stems fro their inner leader qualities. Each one of us is born a leader, but must be made to become leaders. There are powers inherent within each one of us, that when realized and awakened to, will transform the whole world. People come to sense the real person within the leadership role and they start to respect that person’s genuine desire to reflect their inbuilt qualities of excellence. Lead and do not look back to see who is following.
I am fond of using this story of George Washington to illustrate humility. It reminds me of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples.
Power and success can impress certain people.
But there is something even more impressive to all people: humility.
The Heavy Log
Once upon a time a rider came across a few soldiers who were trying to move a heavy log of wood without success.
The corporal was standing by just watching as the men struggled.
The rider couldn’t believe it. He finally asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping.
The corporal replied: “I am the corporal. I give orders.“
The rider said nothing in response. Instead he dismounted his horse. He went up and stood by the soldiers and as they tried to lift the wood and he helped them.
With his help, the task was finally able to be carried out.
Who was this kind rider?
The rider was George Washington, the Commander-in-chief.
He quietly mounted his horse and went to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the commander-in-chief.”
Consider Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu;
Accept disgrace willingly.
Accept misfortune as the human condition.
What do you mean by “Accept disgrace willingly”?
Accept being unimportant.
Do not be concerned with loss or gain.
This is called “accepting disgrace willingly.”
Surrender yourself humbly; then you can be trusted to care for all things.
Love the world as your own self; then you can truly care for all things.