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The road less travelled: be a leader

Jinsy Sunith | 24 Jun 2015 | Comments

Numerous organizations task only executive-level leaders with developing the long-term strategic direction and strategic vision of their division or department. As leaders develop and revise a strategic direction for their areas of responsibility, their research will likely leave them to decide between at least two different directions, or cores.

After finding the answers to the questions, and probably more, a leader, with the help of others, can determine that a not-often-trod path is the most appropriate strategic route to take.

Leadership and Power

Instead of trying to get people to emulate you, you concentrate on living a life that is so admirable that others want to be like you without your saying a word. In business, for example, there are several kinds of power. Two of these are ascribed power and position power. Position power is the power that comes with a job title or a position in any organization. Ascribed power is the power you attract to yourself by Confucius said, “He who would be master must be servant of all.” The person who sees himself or herself as a servant, and who does everything possible to help others to perform at their best is practicing the highest form of “servant leadership.”

Lead the Action

As far as the old school goes, we have been led to believe, over the years, that leaders are those who stride boldly, exude power and confidence, give orders and make decisions for others to carry out. The leader of today is the one who asks questions, listens carefully, plans diligently and then builds the bond among all those necessary for achieving the goals. A leader does not try to do it by himself or herself. A leader is a person who gets things done by helping others to help themselves. The mark of true leaders is that they lead the action. They are willing to go first. They set the example and act as the role model. They do what they expect others to do.

There is consensus amongst social scientists and experts that women students outshine men students in every field, for example by topping the lists of successful candidate’s at all public examinations. However, when some of these highly competent women enter jobs, they do not make similar progress in their careers. Women in engineering experience difficulties related to the male-dominated aspects of engineering but women who persist are able to overcome these difficulties enabling them to find fulfilling and rewarding experiences in the engineering profession.

You become a motivational leader by motivating yourself. And you motivate yourself by striving toward excellence, by committing yourself to becoming everything that you are capable of becoming. You motivate yourself by throwing your whole heart into doing your job in an excellent fashion. You motivate others by continually looking for ways to help them to improve their lives and achieve their goals. You become a motivational leader by becoming the kind of person that others want to get behind and support in every way. Your main job is to take complete control of your own personal evolution and become a leader in every area of your life. You could ask for nothing more, and you should settle for nothing less.

Let me end by quoting Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo “I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough.”