One of my goals this year is to improve in key areas of leadership. As a reminder, leadership is not about bossing people around or calling the shot so others can be controlled or using authority over people. Leadership is stewardship. Leadership is taking responsibility for what is entrusted to you. Your leadership starts with you discovering and developing your own gifts, talents, and abilities, and then taking responsibility for developing and shaping them to serve in every capacity possible. Your leadership then transcends from you to inspiring others to discover themselves too. A real leader is in front of others to show the way, behind them to provide support and beside them to work alongside.
As we embark on a new journey this year, each one of us must ask ourselves how we are doing with whatsoever is entrusted to us. Do you have people entrusted to you; those who work with you, report to you or depend on you? How are you doing with them? Do they trust you to lead them or you are just using authority and power over them? As a leader, you are accountable for the resources entrusted to you, and that includes people. Leading people is like having access to a gold mine. Everyone is endowed with specific gifts and talents. Whenever you have people around you, you are surrounded by a wealth of unlimited ability and capability. Helping those for whom you are responsible to bring the best out of themselves. That is leadership.
More importantly, those who would lead others must learn to lead themselves first. You and I have our own naturally endowed gifts and talents, whether we have discovered them or not. It is our responsibility to discover, develop and master them so we can function optimally. As leaders, we are responsible for our own contributions, conduct, disposition, and relationships. Make this year a profitable year by becoming a trustworthy steward of whatsoever is entrusted to you. I will also strive to do the same.
Actions for the week
A quote to remember
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty. - John D. Rockefeller
Until another time,
Dele Ola, Award-Winning Author of Be A Change Agent
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