I will be sharing wisdom from women and men who have lived and those who yet live and examples from my life, short as it is today.
In my short journey and as Israelmore Ayivor has it said: “You don’t lead people by what you say to them; you lead them by what they see you do.” The challenges in our nation today stem out of the mismatch of Intention and action. You cannot demonstrate to a people your intention if you do not match it with credible action
Israelmore again: “Leadership is an art expressed by the demonstration of characters worthy of imitation, emulation and inspiration.” It is convenient to say then that we have more self-acclaimed leaders in society than actual leaders. You cannot stop at being a mere motivator, a mere motivator sees potential &talks about it, leaders see potentials & help people optimize the same
Everybody has a seed of leadership potential. Until the light in our heart is ignited by some form of spiritual encounter, we don’t see the seed. The principal source of leadership influence is from this Light. I found my own light in a small church at the age of 11.
It is not about whether you call yourself a leader or not. It is about what you can show for it. Once you identify the light of this potential, you need to turn on the circuit of Self Esteem
Self Esteem is like a dimmer switch; it brightens or deems your confidence and strength to lead yourself and others. You must trust this internal ability, to show others solution and help them solve problems when they are in distress. This is what makes you take a second look at what others have abandoned. Mistrust in your own personal abilities is hurting yourself, this trust helps you encourage yourself in the face of challenges
Next is don’t take permission from anyone, just begin, don’t wait for anyone to give you the chance to lead yourself or others. People waste time while deciding on whether they are too fast and showing ignorance or they are too late to show what they are made of
You have many gifts; begin by finding the dominant one. That’s the gift you begin to lead with. It is like a sculptor with a bag of tools, you have a bag of gifting to pick from, start with the sharpest .
Don’t question your potential, don’t doubt your capabilities, keep going like someone who already has seen himself in visions of accomplishments.
Don’t try to be a self-leader by craving a title, let your visions and what you do with them announce who you are, your visions will show you were you are most useful, and don’t let what has gone wrong in the world mislead you, the fact that people are in positions doesn’t mean they are leaders.
The dispensation of Age and Experience is gone, we are in the time of Information, lead with information and grow in Experience. Create authority for yourself and for others, then you begin influencing people with your purpose and gifting
In the words of Israelmore again: “Ballot papers do not define leaders. Leadership is defined by conviction, vision, passion and inspiration.” Begin first by inspiring yourself daily, reminding yourself who you are, and what is expected of you.
As a self-leader, you may have no Known followers, you are still a leader, your leadership is in your strength of Character. As a younger person, you can show leadership to an elder, by being purposeful, sincere and trustworthy.
To Self-Lead, you need to take up servant duties, maintain a human face and add integrity to your character quality. Don’t be busy looking for followers, be busy pursuing your influential dreams, then followers wil look for you and ask that you lead. Soon your leadership content will turn to products and services and people, and platforms and places and nations and a legacy.
This sort of leadership we speak of is not the exclusive preserve of a few people, and you do not need beard or grey hair to lead yourself out of bed, or get out of self-pity and a limiting background
Myles Munroe says, Self-Leadership is the only form of leadership instituted by God himself.
Start living with the attitude that only you can take responsibility for your greatness, begin today. Choose your attitude, say something positive to someone every day, never act like a victim, never become a victim
Then begin taking responsibility for yourself, your actions, and that of your team. As they say, take your responsibility, not yourself Seriously!. Say what you mean, do what you say; it is the energy of coherence, otherwise called Integrity
In showing this, Stand up and be seen, let people know your stand; don’t leave people to assume where you stand
The SelfLeader doesn’t complain, if s(he) doesn’t like something s(he) changes it. In demonstrating, you must remember that it is better to be respected than to be liked. Teach others, coach your siblings and co-workers, guide others and help people with every chance you get
For you as a SelfLeader, there is no such thing as good enough, Average is not okay. Define Success and communicate it regularly, be passionate, not emotional
I hope this helped someone today.