Much of what I know about leadership dates back to over three decades ago when I was an NCO. But each of those principles has been reenforced over the last couple of weeks when I, in my role as an Area Director for an international speakers’ club, organised and put on a humorous and extemporaneous speech contest.
It has been said that true leaders bring out the talents of others. If this is the case, I must be one of the most outstanding leaders of this century. While the first point may well be true, the second is ultimate exaggeration. What I did have in the past few weeks was a group of dedicated, supportive, and already talented people who were willing to give of their time and knowledge, to put together a great programme, and in so doing made me look like I knew what I was doing (even when I was still finding my way).
It is such teamwork, in which each member is working to a shared goal (in this case an entertaining and well run contest) that makes the difference. Leaders need to remember this above all else, “it isn’t about you!” It is about the goal, and about those going on the journey with you. Every leader is only as good as those that follow. If you lord over, if you are “the boss” then they will not so fervently follow. If one is not followed, then you ARE NOT leaders.
I am thankful and blessed for all who worked with me on this competition. The success is yours! I could not have done it without you.