Shaped For Leadership
Leadership: at its core, leadership is about having influence and as a result of that influence, obtaining followers of your vision. If you have not got influence, you are not a leader. How can you obtain influence or accentuate the influence you have? Truly effective leadership is rooted in Trust, Informal Authority, has Strength of Character and possesses Vision and Courage.
Churchill and Ghandi were both exceptional leaders, but with two unique & different leadership ‘shapes’. Their shapes determined their motivation, what they liked doing best and how they derived fulfilment in their leadership roles. Their shape also represented how they liked to lead when working with others, how they liked to get things done, and where their natural gifts, talents, and personal qualities lay.
Shaped For Leadership; As an individual, each of us has a distinct leadership ‘shape’ within which we are uniquely equipped but not yet fully developed or mature. Leadership then is as much about who you are as it is about what you do. Imagine for a moment being fully self-aware of your Leadership Gifting and your Leadership Character. Understanding your strengths, talents and gifting, how to accentuate them as well as overcoming and developing any weaknesses present which may be detracting from your potential success? Imagine also being able to quickly identify the behavioural styles of those you wish to influence and knowing how to adapt your own behavioural style in order to achieve productive connections and greater influence.
"Successful leadership is not about being tough or soft, sensitive or assertive, but about a set of attributes. First and foremost is character". Warren G Bennis.