THE TRUE MEA­SURE OF LEAD­ER­SHIP IS IN­FLU­ENCE; PRI­OR­ITY; SAC­RI­FICE ETC

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PAULA S. ME­NE­SES

The true mea­sure of lead­er­ship is in­flu­ence- noth­ing more, noth­ing less. In lead­er­ship, you can’t lead if no­body is fol­low­ing you…

Myths about lead­er­ship: The Man­age­ment Myth, a wide­spread mis­un­der­stand­ing that lead­ing and man­ag­ing are one and the same. The main dif­fer­ence be­tween the two is that lead­er­ship is about in­flu­enc­ing peo­ple to fol­low, while man­age­ment fo­cuses on main­tain­ing sys­tems and pro­cesses. The best way to test whether a per­son can lead rather than just man­age is to ask him to cre­ate pos­i­tive change. Man­agers can main­tain di­rec­tion but they can’t change it. To move peo­ple in new di­rec­tion, you need in­flu­ence. Knowl­edge Myth, “Knowl­edge is power”, most peo­ple be­liev­ing power is the essence of lead­er­ship, nat­u­rally as­sume that those who pos­sess knowl­edge and in­tel­li­gence are lead­ers. But that isn’t au­to­mat­i­cally true. Those peo­ple whose abil­ity to think is so high but whose abil­ity to lead is so low. IQ doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily equate to lead­er­ship by Sir Fran­cis Ba­con. Po­si­tion Myth, “It is not the po­si­tion that makes a leader, it is the leader that makes the po­si­tion” by Stanly Affty. “He who thinks he leads, but has no fol­low­ers, is only tak­ing a walk.” If you can’t in­flu­ence oth­ers, they won’t fol­low you. And if they won’t fol­low, you’re not a leader. That’s the Law of In­flu­ence. No mat­ter what any­body else tells you, re­mem­ber that lead­er­ship is in­flu­ence— noth­ing more, noth­ing less.

Lead­ers un­der­stand that ac­tiv­ity is not nec­es­sar­ily ac­com­plish­ment. How to pri­or­i­tize?

Ask these ques­tions; What is re­quired? Your list of pri­or­i­ties must al­ways be­gin with what is re­quired of you. If it’s not nec­es­sary for you to do some­thing per­son­ally, then del­e­gate it or elim­i­nate it. What gives the great­est re­turn? “There are many things that will catch my eye, but there are only a few things that will catch my heart.” Noth­ing en­er­gizes a per­son the way pas­sion does. Spend most of your time work­ing in your ar­eas of great­est strength. If some­thing can be done 80% per­cent as well by some­one else in your team, del­e­gate it! A Leader Must Give Up to Go Up. Many peo­ple to­day want to climb up the lead­er­ship lad­der be­cause they be­lieve that free­dom and power are the prizes wait­ing at the top. They don’t re­al­ize that the true na­ture of lead­er­ship is re­ally sac­ri­fice.

Sac­ri­fice is a con­stant in lead­er­ship. It is an on­go­ing process, not a one­time pay­ment. You’ve got to. GIVE UP to GO UP!

The Law of the Lid, Lead­er­ship Abil­ity De­ter­mines a Per­son’s Level of Ef­fec­tive­ness .

The Law of In­flu­ence , The True Mea­sure of Lead­er­ship Is In­flu­ence— Noth­ing More, Noth­ing Less.

The Law of Process , Lead­er­ship De­vel­ops Daily, Not in a Day.

The Law of Nav­i­ga­tion , Any­one Can Steer the Ship, But It Takes a Leader to Chart the Course.

The Law of Solid Ground , Trust Is the Foun­da­tion of Lead­er­ship. The Law of Re­spect, Peo­ple Nat­u­rally Fol­low Lead­ers Stronger Than Them­sel ves.

The Law of In­tu­ition, Lead­ers Eval­u­ate Every­thing With a Lead­er­ship Bias. The Law of Mag­netism, Who You Are Is Who You At­tract.

The Law of Con­nec­tion , Lead­ers Touch a Heart Be­fore They Ask for a Hand. The Law of the In­ner Cir­cle , A Leader’s Po­ten­tial Is De­ter­mined By Those Clos­est to Him.

The Law of Em­pow­er­ment , Only Se­cure Lead­ers Give Power to Oth­ers. The Law of Re­pro­duc­tion ,It Takes a Leader to Raise Up a Leader.

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The au­thor is Vol­un­teer Youth Co­or­di­na­tor at Masan­tol High School

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