My Perception of Leadership

My Perception of Leadership

Position and Function!

The two main things that define who we are in relation to what we do–and leadership is no exception. Your position and your function gives you an identity; it places a demand on you and compels you to supply something towards the growth and/or advancement of something/someone. When you understand position and function, you will become really successful at effectively managing people and situations (which is really what leadership involves).

There is indeed far more to leadership than just practices and policies. Leadership is a choice; a choice to influence people and situations positively, a choice to be a giver and a choice to build relationships.

Leadership is not a role for you to practice in your spare time; it is not an item of clothing that you put on and take off at will, neither is it a short cut to power, money and/or fame. It is a realistic and practical aspect of life; one that involves human lives and life-changing situations. In my years of learning (personal, professional and educational), research, mentoring and coaching; I have found that leadership has some recurring patterns that are vital for effective functionality. There are definitely other patterns but I have found that these 5 listed below are dominant and serve as the source for others. The 5 patterns are:

  1. Direction
  2. Relationship
  3. Strength
  4. Courage
  5. Communication

These five patterns–in my opinion–helps a leader to become competent enough to effectively manage people and situations. These patterns are ever-present in your day-to-day functions as a leader and your ability to understand them and also understand how to make them work for you will be a huge benefit to you. It will save you time, effort and resources; as well as prevent strain and chaos.

Until next time continue to;

Lead right and Live light