A true leader is the leader who is able to bring together a group of people with diverse personalities and transforms them into a unified group of people who are willing to strive towards the achievement of the group’s targets or goals. This is what people like Jesus Christ and Mohammed among other equally important historical leadership figures were able to do in their time that has gained them much acclaim for their leadership prowess. They are revered and worshipped due to the fact that they made the art of leadership appear so easy that people were always willing to do anything just to please them.
To step out as a true leader requires an individual to walk in the very footsteps of those great historical leadership figures that have made their mark in this world in the area of being recognised as true leaders of all time. Below are the ways through which you can also walk in their footsteps in order to be able to step out as a true leader;
Identify who you are: This refers to your ability to really know yourself to the extent that you know all the things that you are capable of and those that you can’t do. Being able to identify who you are simply means knowing yourself better. It is just a way of getting to know all your strengths and weaknesses and how you react to various situations emotionally, socially and physically. Leaders who have gone that extra mile to get to know who they are very well always have the edge over those who decide not to seek out who they really are. Stepping out as a true leader comes with a lot of obligations and it is only when you know yourself very well that you can confidently say you are the right person to take a group of people from a current condition to a future destination. Such decisions require that an individual knows what he or she will be up against and as such makes the necessary preparations for any eventuality. To be well prepared will always depend on how well you know yourself as it is only then that you can know your capabilities and your shortcomings.
Change your mind: As a leader, you will be presented with a lot of different obstacles with the passing of every moment and it is up to you to make sure that you are always ready when such situations avail themselves. The idea of being a leader rests on your ability to change your mindset from a present condition and focus it on a future condition which is very different from what you are experiencing presently. True leaders are those who have the ability to change the way they act and think in order to allow them live in a future condition that he or she has set. A person like Jesus Christ was not brought up they way that would have made it easier for him to assume that leadership role but the moment he decided to lead people he changed his mindset from mere material things and focused on something that was higher. That is what each and every individual who craves to be seen as a true leader should do. Be able to change your mindset and focus on the achievement of your goals which should always be higher and better than what you are going through presently.
Cultivate the habit of practicing the things that you preach: This doesn’t even need to be explained further but for the sake of those who might be new to the say that one should always practice what he or she preaches I will elaborate a little. When a leader demands his or her followers to be inspired and show higher levels of commitment then that particular leader should be ready to first show how inspired and committed he is towards the achievement of the desired organisational goals. Whatever action the leader wants his followers to take should first be taken by him. This will prove to the followers that their leader is really leading by example. Jesus Christ talked of sacrifice and followed it by offering himself as a sacrifice for his followers. In doing that he was able to show his followers that he was a living testimony of all that he preached.
Commit to change: This requires an individual being committed to the various activities involved in bringing about the desired change. A leader is expected to show a higher level of commitment to the path that he or she has chosen so that his or her followers can also follow suit.
Holistically following the points above will help you step out as a true leader.
About the Author: Jeff Evans, Ph.D. I am CEO of Envision Global Leadership, Inc., a leadership development and organization development consulting firm focused on change navigation.