Everyone is capable, but not everyone is EFFECTIVE.
Have you ever traveled? Have you ever rode a cruise line? Not everyone had an experience regarding a real ship, but let me tell you the experience. Once everyone is boarded, the captain will make an announcement to everyone, “Welcome to Cruise GALAXY! In a few moments now, we’ll be heading to the Carribean Sea, where we will see pirates along the course, sit back and enjoy the ride.” That’s just an example. Then the people are flabbergasted along the journey and safely alight the ship. There’s one thing that’s happening in the back end, in the direction going to the destination, it was not easy the first time the crew traveled, it had to take some experience before it had to be successful. My point? The captain had to lead everyone to the right direction. The leader had to navigate and chart the course in order for the travel to be safe, smooth and fast as possible.
Leaders claim themselves as leaders because they have positions. That is entirely wrong! Leading is totally different if people are inspired to follow you. If they’re afraid, you’re just a boss, meaning they’re being compliant out of your title and because they want to keep a job. Well, there’s hope in that. Of course, you can still change but trust me when I say you this. CHANGE is going to be DIFFICULT. You’ve been so used to what you’re doing and you will have to bend yourself because it’s for the best and in the long run you will have to benefit from it.
Navigation? Yes! “Many people can steer the ship but it takes a LEADER to chart the course.
”When you prepare well, you convey confidence and trust to the people… You see it’s not the size of the project that determines it acceptance, support and success. It’s the size of the leader… Leaders who are good navigators are capable of taking their people just about anywhere.”
A navigator has a different kind of perspective:
Farther than others see. A leader has to see the problem and make a resolution even if they’re hundreds of miles away, the resolution is being formulated in their minds before uttered.
More than others see. It’s not about what your people need for the time being, it’s about going the extra mile in preventing the predicament to happen again, once solved. A leader does not rely on a temporary solution. He is WILLING to fail and test his limits. “YOU’RE ONLY AS GOOD AS YOUR WEAKEST LINK PERFORMS”
Before others see. Smart people solve the problem, geniuses prevent the problem from happening. Strategic planning is to be done in order for the issue not to recur.
A leader was not placed because of pulse rate, it was for a purpose. It’s his burden to bear.
A burden purifies motives. The passion and desire to succeed is there since you have to be on top of everything and be the leader of the people. You are trusted with utmost presence. And this is what keeps you going.
A burden cultivates persistence. It’s not going to be easy. The level of difficulty increases as you go along, but don’t get me wrong. It will get better because you too are getting better.
A burden cements conviction. You have to take ownership of the leadership, no more no less. The last person to leave the ship is the captain.
Summing it up:
- Leaders not only know where they’re going; they also know how to get there.
- Leaders find purpose in needs around them.
- Leaders not only know where they’re going; they also take people with them.
Passion. Purpose. Perseverance.
Be the best you can be!
Lau Delas Llagas