There are no entitlements in titles. There are no values in degrees but deliveries. Performance is what gives value to your degrees. The world doesn’t care about your certificates. The world cares about your discoveries.
Leadership is not about occupying a seat. It’s about realizing a feat. Nobody is interested in your position. Your contribution is what matters to the world. It’s not about your possession but your distribution. Leadership is not about leading people; it’s about taking the lead. It’s about leading a course, finding a path, blazing the trail and breaking the norms. It’s about doing something different. What makes a good leader?
A good leader is a visionary. If you don’t know where you are going, anywhere may look like it. It’s not enough to have a vision. You must run with the vision. Many people have great visions that have become dormant. Sacrifice is what you need to service your dead vision. A vision without a commitment to pursue the vision with a high level of discipline would be buried.
Every true vision will always put the visionary on the run. Nelson Mandela, an exemplar of a true visionary.
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him, nor speak any more in His name.” But His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not hold back. Jer.20:19
To follow your dream you must engage with the law of total abandonment. This means you must be ready to give up all other things that won’t make your vision live. (Jesus told the disciples to give up all things to follow Him).
Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?” Mat.19:27
Vision is for the youth. In Act.2:27, the scripture says that, that your young men shall see the vision. Early to rise, early to shine. Joseph started dreaming at 17. Jesus knew that He must be about his father’s business at 12. Timely discovery of where you belong and being committed to staying there is the best way to maximize destiny. There are some certain things that you can do when you are still young that you won’t be able to do again when you are old. Energy level diminishes with age. You’re a day older than yesterday. By tomorrow, you are a day older than today. This is your best hour to go after your vision in full. length.
(2) Impact Driven
A good leader must be impact-driven. Life isn’t about making a living. It’s about making an impact. Most people are making a living while only a few people are making an impact. The ones making an impact are the ones called ‘stars’. Life isn’t about what you take, but what you give. It’s not about your possession but your distribution. People will not remember your title. They’ll only remember you for your value. They’ll remember your name. Until you discover your purpose for living, your life will be only an experiment.
(3) Self Development
A good leader is an addicted learner. Education is an initiation to a lifetime of study. It teaches you how to read and write. To stop learning after graduation is to suffer degeneration. Education makes you literate. But investment in the literature creates your future. A reader today, a leader tomorrow. Michael Faraday didn’t have much education like you do, but this great icon went to developed himself to become a world-class inventor.
“If you are not building a library, you would build a mortuary.” – Bishop David Oyedepo
A good leader is a good manager of time, self, energy, and resources. In all generations, there are more workers than leaders. Because leadership is costly. You must pay the price of a leader to emerge as a leader. Leaders are those who go to work and work. Discipline is not about how difficult a task is. it’s about giving what it takes to accomplish a task. A businessman who has a TV box in his office watching News (Aljazeera news, for instance) instead to focus on his business will end up as a failure. Discipline is going the extra mile to accomplish a given task. There is nothing extraordinary on its own, it’s our extraordinary efforts that make it extraordinarily. Jesus Christ says, “how am I stretched until it’s accomplished.” Luke.12:50. Stretched out of your comfort zone.
“Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all.” George Washington
- Leadership isn’t about leading people. it’s about taking the lead.
- God didn’t create a man to lead another man. He created a man to lead animals and dominate his environment.
- Leadership isn’t limited to politics and governments. There are leaders in all fields. We have business leaders, blogging leaders, aviation leaders, entertainment leaders, football, art leaders, fashion designing leaders, technology leaders, etc. If Bill Gates give a handshake to some politicians, it would go into their CVs. There are people with big titles, but little names. I don’t know the names of some ministers in my country.
- Discipline, learning, vision, and impact are the attribute of an excellent leader.
- We are redeemed as leaders and not as peasants. Every true child of God has a leading potential for dominion in his/her calling.
- For your leadership seed to produce its fruit you must first discover where you belong, where you are going, how to get there, and be committed to getting there.
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