Do you want to be a leader? Earn it
Author: Salvador I. Reding V. | Source: Catholic.net
It´s always spoken of the great difference between being a boss and being a leader, a result that between formal authority and moral authority. The leader has moral authority.
The leader is followed not because he has formal command, but by having convening power, radiates confidence and self-assurance. Of course some people reach positions of power precisely because this: leaders. Others also-the less-, they earn leadership once in position of authority, by the way they use the formal power.
But there are people who can´t make this distinction, you may have never even heard of it. They want to be recognized as leaders when they are not, and don´t understand why being known, admired, featured in the media (especially political) are not seen or treated as leaders. They can be obeyed, but not followed. They can be respected, but not loved.
The leader is respected, admired, but it´s also estimated, he listens, he continues, “where you think we should go, we'll be with you." “What you tell me is true, I think, because I trust you.”
The lesson is simple: being powerful can be learnt, for that the practice of politics, Machiavellianism, which can operate, depending on many other factors. But being a leader has no other way, beginning with the example with the personal behavior and, especially, if you want to be followed with respect, support and encourage others, those who already recognized or will recognize you as a leader.
Leadership is earned, and it is not easy, even with something essential: consistency between saying, asking, and doing and giving. A true leader is real, is reliable. The greatest leader of the world, Jesus of Nazareth, showed the best leadership credentials, so He will be until the end of the story.
There is something else, a leader can pursue values or anti-values. True, there are leaders for good and for evil, and even for God or for the devil and his followers generally have the same behavior and interests, and because of that they are liked.
There are leaders who are also followed by his great ability to deceive, true, and of those there are many examples, by moving people to false ideals or utopian dreams. They have a false consistency. In general, and not get the promised results, they lose their quality of leadership and are abandoned.
Examples of personal leadership in history and in the world are more than ample. It´s important to know their lives and works. Learn how they were gaining leadership, which is not sudden, and then how were consolidating its leadership and, sometimes, how they have lost.
There are two types of interesting leadership: leaders of thought and action. The first create causes and ideals, the second lead people to make them a reality, into action. Some do both.
There is a special type of leadership, the so-called "natural leader” that doesn´t have to learn this trade, he practices what a leader does. It´s he who has what is called "charisma" (commonly known as "Angel"). And charisma is not learned, you have it or not.
Does anyone want to be a real, authentic leader of good causes? You have much to learn, much to ponder and much to do for others. It should also be remembered that generates good causes leading enemies.
Leaders are not named, are chosen, and are followed. The preaching of good causes, consistency, example and constant concern -converted in occupation- by people who follow him.
The leader is not appointed, he chooses; so we can say: Do you want to be a good leader? Do you want to be for the best causes and values? Earn it!