Saturday, March 26, 2016

Are You Raising Leaders For Tomorrow??

I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers. 

Ralph Nader. Sam Walton states that outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it's amazing what they can accomplish.

Who can be a leader? What does it takes to be a leader? Warren Bennis argues that the most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born-that there is a genetic factor to leadership, but the opposite is true. He believes that Leaders are made rather than born. 

What kind of leader do you wish to become? According to Rosalynn Carter, she states that a leader takes people where they want to go but a great leader takes people where they don't necessarily want to go. Jack welch notes that before you think of being a leader, success is all about growing yourself but when you become a leader, success becomes about growing others.

Success without a successor equals failure. Even the bible says that 'when there is no Vision, the people Perish' (Proverbs 29:18). Just so you know, a successor necessarily doesn't have to be your kids. A successor can be your friend, a partner, a spouse, a start-up organisation; it can be anyone from anywhere.

The best gift a leader can give is the gift of MENTORING. It is important to nurture someone who would take after you. Jesus mentored his disciples and followers; he told peter, you will build my church and continue in my absence. 

Jesus knew the importance of mentoring, which is why it is advisable to have someone who would take after you and continue your story once you are gone.

I leave you with this food for thought; when you become successful and fail to have a successor to carry on after you, what happens in your absence? What will be your legacy?

Written by Pamela Okonne.

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