“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”John Quincy Adams
There are two types of people in the world: those who are led and those who led. It is up to you to choose which of these two categories you wish to belong to. He who is ruled cannot reasonably acquire as much as he who rules. But very often those who are ruled make the mistake of believing it. There is no dishonor in being part of the first category but nothing is gained by staying there. Most great leaders were first followers, they become leaders because they were intelligent subordinates. With few exceptions, the man who is unable to follow intelligently will never be a good leader. An intelligent subordinate has many advantages, including learning from his leader’s conduct.
THE 11 SECRETS THAT MAKE A LEADER
- Unfailing Courage
- A strong sense of justice and fairness
- Safety in the decision
- The precision of the plans
- The habit of doing more than others
- An irreproachable personality
- Sympathy and Understanding
- Attention to detail
- Willingness to take full responsibility
According to the Author, Position is the Level 1 therefore, the lowest of leadership – the entry-level. Level 2 is based entirely on relationships and the permission level. One of the dangers of getting to the Permission level is that a leader may be tempted to stop there. Good leaders don’t just create a pleasant working environment but they get things done! That’s why they move up to Level 3, which is based on results. Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. That’s what leaders do on Level 4. The highest and most difficult level of leadership is the Pinnacle. What do leaders do on Level 5? They develop people to become Level 4 leaders.
By Gloire KONGA Author, Entrepreneur & Public Speaker