Leadership is always a hot seat for every organization or any group of people for that matter. For the last two year when I spent some time speaking about branding and market leadership, I realized two things. Leadership is both personal and relational.
Leadership is personal because it starts with self. The effectiveness of one’s leadership starts with how the person leads himself to his goals and purpose in a deeper way. Also, leadership is not only perceived in one way. It is a two-way perception.
John Maxwell has effectively expounded the idea of leadership levels. His five levels of leadership start with a personal leadership – Position as level 1. Afterward, level 2 to 5 mainly speaks of relational leadership – Permission, Production, People Development, and Pinnacle.
Notably, John Maxwell also pointed out that leadership ability always determines your effectiveness and the potential impact of your organization. Leadership ability is the lid that determines a person’s level of effectiveness.
The lower the ability, the lower is his lid of leadership potential. The higher the ability, the higher is his lid of leadership potential. For example, your leadership ability is at 7 (on a scale from 1 to 10). Then, your effectiveness can never be greater than 6. Now, here is my list of options for us to increase our leadership ability (to increase our effectiveness as a person).
FIND SOMEONE GREATER.
The idea in this point is to find a mentor. Your mentor should have a greater leadership ability than yours in order to suffice your growth. Look for someone who can be a guiding light to your beliefs and decisions. As we say in Christian setup, “What would Jesus do”. The mentor will have the responsibility to see to it that you will be guided properly. This will also give you accountability for the person.
Let us progress now. As you learn, apply it to a group of people you have a passion for. It is time to develop relationships that would eventually feed your leadership ability. Not only you will learn from a mentor, but you also learn from a handful of interactions with different people.
Learn how to handle people. Show them the value of following you more than just working for you. As they say, leaders have people follow them while managers have people who work for them.
DEVELOP SOMEBODY TO BE HIS OWN LEADER.
As we grow to become an exemplary leader, let us not forget to develop successors. As I have learned very well from a good friend Ken Lerona, let us pay it forward. From the first point, we owe our leadership growth from our selfless mentors who looked after our welfare. And the best way to repay them is to pay the same sacrifice to grow another leader. A true leader will always produce another leader. A true mentor is always happy to see his mentee achieve more in his lifetime.
A mentor’s experience has a ceiling. That ceiling is his mentee’s ground floor. That is mentoring.
I hope to see you discover your leadership potential. God has blessed me with several mentors in my life and I am very much thankful for that. This is my passion, to also impart what I have learned and still learning from people around my lifetime.
This is why I have been tirelessly sharing insights with peers, friends, and circles. This gave birth to Leadership Development Bootcamp by Nile on Weekends. Should you want to experience this, a minimum of five (5) people, let us hit that road! Let us grow together!