Leadership is not rocket science. It is rather a personal decision and commitment. It is not only a position but a role to play in your spheres of influence. It is a responsibility to be a person of vision and direction. It is an actual intentional leadership.
Leadership is tied up to how you think. Are you willing to pay the price to cultivate the habit of giving birth to, nurturing, and developing great thoughts every day?
Becoming a good thinker is not overly complicated. It’s a discipline. – John Maxwell
Like any discipline, good thinking is intentional. The thinking process is the backbone of any leadership. To lead well is to think well. To lead right is to think right. A leader must understand the process. Develop devotion to the task and role. This is intentional leadership.
Think. Think to produce thoughts. Learn to be a creator of several ideas. Start with your self. Then, shape your thoughts. Test them. Compare them to logic. Stretch them on both sides. And allow the thoughts to land. If your thoughts are intact, let them fly, act on them and share them.
Here are top four (4) activities to improve your thought processes.
Expose yourself to good input.
Bring yourself out to read good books. Listen to music, speeches, sermons. Find good materials to feed your thought process. Treat your thoughts as babies to sustain. Keep your mind active and well-fed with good input.
Expose yourself to good thinkers.
Open yourself to people who can contribute to your thought improvement. They can be mentors, coaches, friends, peers or colleagues. Choose the people you interact with. Choose who to listen. Whatever you hear from these people around you will be the foundation of your thought process. Understand the need for limitations. Choose good thinkers. A mentor or coach can really help you increase your leadership ability. That is intentional leadership.
Choose to think good thoughts.
We live in a day of information overload. Personally, we have thousands of thoughts internally. How much more when we open up and check out what society can contribute to our thoughts? With this premise, we have a big chance of yielding towards bad thoughts due to pressure, pessimism, and privation.
Intentional leadership – this is the reason why the leadership role has to be intentional to choose to think good thought despite the difficulty to do so. Still choose to think good thoughts. You have to free your mind from negative thoughts all the time to spare you from mental and emotional burdens. Let me leave you this biblical view on good thoughts.
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart] – Philippians 4:8 AMP
Act on your good thoughts.
Learn to act in an instance on a good thought that you have thoroughly analyzed and proven worthy of any response. Act on it. Be intentional.
Ideas have a short shelf life. You must act on them before the expiration date. – John Maxwell
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