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Leadership

When we are alone, we make our own decisions. We choose our path. When we are with others, the superior “will” always takes over. As an individual we can choose to follow or not to follow. Most of the time apprenticeship, economic condition, coercion, submission, or peer pressure makes an individual follow a leader even though it is not to his/her liking.

A relationship, a group, an organization, a community, a business, a nation and humanity can’t exist without leadership. It is one of our intrinsic basic needs. In a relationship or in a small group, leadership tends to rotate if prudence is exercised.  However, there is always a bully who will impose his/her will on everybody. The weak who are in “need” of leadership become minions of the bullies.

The basic need of leadership is embraced by all. As humans we always look for direction, guidance, control and management. As a group or a community we may all agree on something, but we always look up to someone to be in-charge, someone to be the leader. The idea of having a leader is embedded in us. When times are tough and there is struggle, leadership is sought after and obedience comes easy, specially when there is the prospect of prosperity.

Religious writings and scriptures consistently assign the responsibility for humanity’s salvation to a leader. The ongoing struggle between good and evil is intricately tied to leadership, as seen in the battles of the “end of times” or the quest for a “new beginning.” But what does humanity truly need salvation from? Perhaps it is from itself, as religion suggests. However, it is crucial to shift our emphasis towards the advancement of humanity rather than solely focusing on salvation. True progress can be achieved through effective and visionary leadership, guiding us towards a better future.

Whenever there is conflict or difference of opinion a power struggle ensues. Leadership steps in to settle the situation. Leadership keeps humanity in check or in balance. Without leadership there is chaos, without leadership humanity will devour itself. What keeps leadership with malicious intents in check? Man’s freewill. His ability to realize the difference from a malicious deprivation against kindness. Then he can choose to tolerate the reign of the malicious depriver or terminate it. Then he becomes the leader.

Is leadership involved when people or friends just get together to talk and share? Indeed leadership is involved. Somebody always leads with a topic. There is that quality of leadership in all of us and it revolves around freewill. There are those who choose to lead and many others will choose to follow.

If you have the ability to lead, do so.  It is a gift from God. But do it for the betterment of humanity. Lead them to prosperity and happiness. Lead with prudence. Relationships make a leader. As a leader you must never forget your origins and your family. Your relationships will move you and if you do not exercise prudence, it will consume you.

Essential Qualities for Effective Leadership

  1. Visionary Thinking: Formulating and articulating a clear, inspiring future vision, providing direction and inspiring teams to achieve common goals.
  2. Integrity and Honesty: Upholding and demonstrating high ethical standards, truthfulness, and transparency, establishing trust and credibility.
  3. Empathy and Emotional Intelligence: Understanding and valuing others’ emotions and experiences, managing interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically, fostering positive and effective team dynamics.
  4. Resilience and Adaptability: Demonstrating the ability to recover quickly from difficulties and adapt to changes efficiently, maintaining morale and focus in challenging situations.
  5. Effective Communication: Conveying information and ideas clearly and effectively, promoting understanding, collaboration, and alignment within the team.
  6. Decision-Making Skills: Making informed, rational, and timely decisions, solving problems effectively and contributing to the achievement of organizational objectives.
  7. Inspirational and Motivational: Encouraging and inspiring others to engage and perform at their best, boosting morale and productivity.
  8. Positive Attitude: Maintaining a proactive, optimistic, and constructive mindset is crucial as it enhances all other leadership qualities and contributes to a positive organizational culture. However, it is vital to remember that if leadership is seen as merely an ‘attitude,’ without the balance of authority, responsibility, and other core leadership qualities, it can lead to disorder and a lack of clear direction and accountability, risking the breed of anarchy within the organization.

 

Last Updated on September 28, 2023

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