Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Learn to Lead Yourself before You attempt to Lead Others

What qualifies you to lead people? That is a question that any person desiring or transitioning into a leadership role should ask themselves. Leadership is not based on position but on influence. Many people have sloppy lives and when these people get into a leadership role, what do you get? You guessed it, sloppy leadership. Yet it is funny how people with sloppy lives do not examine their personal situation to see if it warrants them the right to lead others. Our professional lives are just an extension of our personal lives. If our personal lives are not in order, then our professional lives will not be either. Some people are good at hiding personal issues, but they will surface at some point and who that person truly is will surface as well. Therefore it is wise to live a life worthy of being called a leader and not try to assume the title until your hidden life matches your professional aspirations. Things to consider when examining whether or not you are ready for leadership:
How are you managing you relationships (i.e. kids, spouse, significant other, family)? How are you managing your finances (i.e., budgeting, debt to asset ratio, etc.)? How are you managing your health? How is your spiritual life? How are you personally growing? How do people outside of work respond to you, how do they regard you (do they seek you for advice, look to you for leadership, respect you)?

Food For Thought.

1 comment:

  1. This an interesting concept, however, this very concept is expressed from the book of Second Timothy chapter three, verses one thru six: "This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil."
    The foundational principles of leadership are the imperative essence of what one must acquire in order to lead others! Being called a leader does not delineate that individual to oversee complex plans and actions for which he or she may not completely be qualified to lead; furthermore, the office of a leader is more than just mere influence, a talking dog can influence other dog owners to purchases a different type of dog food. The ability to take a group of people from divergent lifestyles and bring them together to invest, construct or plan with one accord, a purpose of successful completion of a task to which will benefit the lives of many around the world.
    Quality leaders are born and they are trained to develop ethical principles based on a moral code of truths which are sound in logic and comprehension. Therefore, in finality, leaders are to scarcity as diamonds are to rocks both are rare in nature.

    Shiloah-Kerygma Christian Ministries, Inc