Effective Leadership


It’s not uncommon to hear this common statement “we manage people.”  Can humans be managed?

To manage people means to control everything about their life. To control their time, decision, plan, thoughts pattern, and ultimately their destiny. This is like witchcraft. I have come to realize that this kind of statement is not uncommon among most managers. This is what they do to you at your workplace, they manage you; they control your time; your plan; your decisions; how you use your talent; and ultimately your destiny. This is the servitude of the highest order.

Difference Between Leaders and Managers

While managers maintain followers leaders produce leaders. Managers use manipulative strategies to drive out performances – even when those they manage remain followers. The ultimate goal of a leader is to produce leaders. Leaders want to see you become like them, or even more. They are the ones who produce successors. Their history can never be erased.

Managers micro-manage people. They have a monitoring system in place that checks and reports the activities of those who work under them. But leaders allow you to work with little or no supervision. Managers manage people like other resources – the same way they manage time, money, and materials.

If you are a team lead, or you head a department in your organization and your subordinates keep coming to you for help on certain issues severally, there is a problem. True leaders train followers to become leaders.

The objective of every true leader is to have a successor. Leaders are the ones that make an impact and history but most managers are not remembered after their death. Most people that you called leaders are not leaders (especially most politicians in your country). Hitler was not a leader.

Leadership is not about leading people; it’s about taking the lead. Leaders are those who go to work and work. This is why there are always more workers than leaders because the price for leadership is not cheap talk. It demands efficient use of self, energy, time, and resources.

Everybody is born to become a leader. What keeps you as a follower is your mentality. The lion is the king of the jungle because of the way he thinks. A pack of sheep led by a lion will always defeat a pack of lions led by a sheep. Effective leadership can turn a coward into a warrior.

It’s not about your ability, it’s about your mentality that makes you become a true leader. The lion is not the biggest in the jungle nor the strongest. The giraffe and elephant are bigger than the Lion but when the lion sees them, he eats them for launch. 

Many have the potential of becoming a true leaders but their destiny is smothered by the fear of people. In most cases, you may need to walk alone to pursue your assignment while others may have to catch up with you later. Leadership is doing something different. Everybody is looking for a job why can’t you start your own business? You have to be delivered from culture to become a true leader. Leaders are respected because they do what others are afraid to do.

Recap

A good leader doesn’t maintain followers, they produce leaders. Unlike managers,  leaders do not manage people; It’s your attitude, not your aptitude; It’s not your ability but your mentality that makes you become an effective leader. You are born to lead, but it’s your mind (affected by bad teachings) that keeps you as a follower. Until you break out of norms you may die as a follower. You can’t become a leader as sheep because sheep are always behind. You’ve got to become a lion to become a leader. I wish we have more leaders than managers.

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The Art of Making Impacts


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?

(1) Vision

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

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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

(4) Discipline

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

Final Thoughts

  • 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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