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“The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humour, but without folly.”

Leadership of dominance — authority, power over others, supremacy is a thing of the past. It is no longer going to work in current times.

In today’s world, leadership is that of action and not position. So if you are a leader who is trying to boss around people, telling them what to do, how to do and when to do, then chances are high that you may not succeed or even if you succeed personally, you are soon going to realise that you don’t have anyone with you.

Instead be a leader of vision, trust and commitment. Be the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way to others. And when doing so, embrace your position as leader without rooting for a title or a position.

Leadership is not a means to massage your ego. It is very important in a leadership role not to place your ego in the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.

“True leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

What title you hold or what title others have for you is not going to make as much difference as what others gain from your leadership.

True leaders always have the end goal in mind. And things turn out best for the people who make the best of the ways things turn out. Always be prepared for twists and turns. Be mindful of others, put interest of others at the centre of your actions and decisions. So back to the question, how important is a title to the leader, how much value, respect and followership does a title bring?

Leadership is a mix of qualities, mindsets, patterns and much more. It is so much about the way you do things, rather than the way you want people to know about you.

Leadership is about action, not position. History has seen some of the best of the World’s leaders change prominent things without a title. It is by their powerful thoughts yet simple acts that they command respect and followership. They just walk the talk. Here are a few learnings from such great leaders.

You can’t blame your way into a better future: As a leader you need to realise that you don’t shine any better if you blow others off. A good leader does not look for an opportunity to shine himself/ herself at the cost of letting down someone.

Instead they look for opportunities to put others in the limelight. So when things go wrong, as they always could, complain less and blame less. Look for solutions, and lead the way out of the challenge.

Do not follow where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail: The good thing about life is there is no one right way of doing things. Whether you are a leader or not, you will always have many possibilities to make choices from. Don’t look for the time tested ways which give you a sense of comfort.

Instead make tough choices where need be, take the path that has been least travelled or don’t hesitate to make a path for yourself. A boat does not go forward if each one is rowing in their own way: The most important decision a leader needs to make is to bring consensus among the team without being judgmental.

Allow every individual to make their contribution, however small or big. Steer the contribution so that each one does not row the boat in their own way. Be in control of the situation and steer individuals to a collective decision.

Bigger dreams

Think big, believe big, act big and the results will be big: Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you that things can’t be done. Life is too short to think small and especially when you are a leader.

Take your leadership from ordinary to extra ordinary by making people think big, believe in bigger dreams, act towards it and achieve success.

Great leaders are almost great simplifiers: No one has ever become a good leader by making things complex. Great leaders are those who can simplify things, who can cut through an argument and debate and offer a solution that everybody can understand.

They don’t try to be right, they try to be clear. They don’t try to have the last word and always try to make things simple.

Keep faith in the past: Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep steep with the present and keep the promise to posterity. Their attitude reflects their leadership. They are good followers first. They listen to the signals of the past, but with a firm sight on the future.

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. What title a leader holds is not a matter of great significance as much as how much impact he or she has created.

The task of a leader is to get his/ her people from where they are to where they have not been, in a good way. So the next time you are in a leadership position, do not look for what your title is. Seize the opportunity to make an impact.

Sri Bharatam is the founder and chief mentor of Kuza Biashara Limited, a capacity building organisation coaching youth and SME owners across Africa. @Sbharatam or sri@kuzabiashara.co.ke.

In today’s world, leadership is that of action and not position. So if you are a leader who is trying to boss around people, telling them what to do, how to do and when to do, then chances are high that you may not succeed or even if you succeed personally, you are soon going to realise that you don’t have anyone with you.

Instead be a leader of vision, trust and commitment. Be the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way to others. And when doing so, embrace your position as leader without rooting for a title or a position.

Leadership is not a means to massage your ego. It is very important in a leadership role not to place your ego in the foreground and not to judge everything in relationship to how your ego is fed.

“True leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

What title you hold or what title others have for you is not going to make as much difference as what others gain from your leadership.

True leaders always have the end goal in mind. And things turn out best for the people who make the best of the ways things turn out. Always be prepared for twists and turns. Be mindful of others, put interest of others at the centre of your actions and decisions. So back to the question, how important is a title to the leader, how much value, respect and followership does a title bring?

Leadership is a mix of qualities, mindsets, patterns and much more. It is so much about the way you do things, rather than the way you want people to know about you.

Leadership is about action, not position. History has seen some of the best of the World’s leaders change prominent things without a title. It is by their powerful thoughts yet simple acts that they command respect and followership. They just walk the talk. Here are a few learnings from such great leaders.

You can’t blame your way into a better future: As a leader you need to realise that you don’t shine any better if you blow others off. A good leader does not look for an opportunity to shine himself/ herself at the cost of letting down someone.

Instead they look for opportunities to put others in the limelight. So when things go wrong, as they always could, complain less and blame less. Look for solutions, and lead the way out of the challenge.

Do not follow where the path may lead, instead go where there is no path and leave a trail: The good thing about life is there is no one right way of doing things. Whether you are a leader or not, you will always have many possibilities to make choices from. Don’t look for the time tested ways which give you a sense of comfort.

Instead make tough choices where need be, take the path that has been least travelled or don’t hesitate to make a path for yourself. A boat does not go forward if each one is rowing in their own way: The most important decision a leader needs to make is to bring consensus among the team without being judgmental.

Allow every individual to make their contribution, however small or big. Steer the contribution so that each one does not row the boat in their own way. Be in control of the situation and steer individuals to a collective decision.

Bigger dreams

Think big, believe big, act big and the results will be big: Think big and don’t listen to people who tell you that things can’t be done. Life is too short to think small and especially when you are a leader.

Take your leadership from ordinary to extra ordinary by making people think big, believe in bigger dreams, act towards it and achieve success.

Great leaders are almost great simplifiers: No one has ever become a good leader by making things complex. Great leaders are those who can simplify things, who can cut through an argument and debate and offer a solution that everybody can understand.

They don’t try to be right, they try to be clear. They don’t try to have the last word and always try to make things simple.

Keep faith in the past: Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep steep with the present and keep the promise to posterity. Their attitude reflects their leadership. They are good followers first. They listen to the signals of the past, but with a firm sight on the future.

Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others. What title a leader holds is not a matter of great significance as much as how much impact he or she has created.

The task of a leader is to get his/ her people from where they are to where they have not been, in a good way. So the next time you are in a leadership position, do not look for what your title is. Seize the opportunity to make an impact.

Sri Bharatam is the founder and chief mentor of Kuza Biashara Limited, a capacity building organisation coaching youth and SME owners across Africa. @Sbharatam or sri@kuzabiashara.co.ke.

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