Five questions any leader should answer

Posted: September 9, 2013 in Uncategorized


PROPER leadership plays a pivotal role. It is the heart of any company, country or church. If ever there is to be a worst scarcity, it would be the absence of leadership. Leadership motivates people to face the future with expectation. True and great leaders are those that leave a legacy. Companies are chocked with people that are concerned about position not leadership.

They will go to university to get an MBA just to get into power. As you step into their office the aura that you get is “I’m the boss here!” In true reality, if we remove the “b” in that sentence and replace it with “l” it would read: “I’m the loss here!” As a leader or someone who aspires to be one, take a stock of yourself today and answer to the following questions:

Am I relevant?
Robin Sharma, a leadership expert and author states: “The old model of leadership is obsolete. Now for an organisation to truly excel in these times of deep change everyone — at every level — must show leadership and do their best work.” Times are changing; people are now exposed to so much information. The question is: How do you continue to influence such people to continue under your instruction?

Where am I taking people to?
A leader must have a clear mental picture of what they want to achieve. Where are you taking them to? The writer of Proverbs says: “Where there is no vision, the people perish . . .” (Proverbs 29: 18) The vision must be clear to the originator and also be clearly spelt to those who should execute it. Secondly, the vision should be bigger than the leader so that it does not die with him, but affect and impact next generations.

What solutions am I bringing?
Leadership is an assignment to humanity. We answer to a need by providing a solution. This happens by inspiring the people we are leading to work towards a cause. Steve Jobs, of Apple legacy, saw technological need for the future and he provided a solution. A leader is a person with an assignment to bring a solution to human needs and organisational dreams.

Am I inventive enough?
When Jesus Christ juxtaposed the old wine skins with the new wine skins (Matthew 9: 17), he was showing a new leadership prototype that he was bringing up. A leader should not be content with the current situation if he does not want to expire. They should be flexible for change. A leader should not enjoy the current state of affairs to an extent that he forgets the future. Neither should he be overwhelmed by challenges not to envision the opportunity ahead.

Do I have capacity?
A leader with capacity does not feel threatened by subordinates he leads. In fact, Myles Monroe says: “Leadership is your capacity to make yourself unnecessary.” The leader should have the capacity big enough that he can’t hold it alone. The leader should be open-minded and humble to pour himself into other people. If the organisation you are leading always needs your presence, you have failed in leadership. Groom, mentor or coach other people to be as you are and even better.

Parting point: John Quincy Adams once said: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, do more and become more, you are a leader”. It’s time to lead people to bigger and brighter heights. It’s time to unleash our leadership prowess and potential!

Jonah Nyoni is an author, success coach and motivational speaker. Tel: 0772 581 918.

Jonah Nyoni. All rights reserved 2013. This article was initially published in The Southern Eye.

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