CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING LEADERS (Part7): REPRODUCTION

27 Sep

Mum and son

That you are reading this post means you are a result of the reproductive process. And there’s no better truth than that. Life continues because God is not going to withdraw man’s ability to produce and re-produce anything under his control.

I am a student of Biochemistry (yes, already a Biochemist), and one of my favourite classes is the Biology class—and I don’t mind if that’s not true for you. However, if you’ve ever sat in a Biology class, you know that topic most godly teachers wouldn’t want to teach with a smile—Reproduction! And some students love the topic. Even though they still fairly answer questions well on it in the examination hall, they just want to enjoy the class.

However, living leaders—leaders who want to leave a good legacy and desire that their influence outlive them—raise people after their kind before their time is up. They pass on their burning torch to the next generation. And as a result, they get something going that is life-transforming to the generation of people that come years after they have left.

1. They never stop learning.

Leaders cannot underestimate the value of continuous improvement. Because they want to get better, they expose themselves to daily growth and are always teachable.

They learn from their experiences and those of other people. Whenever they make mistakes, they take no pleasure in playing the blame game. They simply admit their mistakes, learn from them and move on.

They also value books. Perhaps the best gift you can give to a leader is a book.

If you also desire to start becoming a leader, you need to do what they do. You need to be intentional about growing in the area of your strength. Learn all you can about what you consider to become. The first step to getting to anywhere from where you are is to know where you are going. After knowing your destination, then you have to do everything it takes to get there. That’s growth.

2. They stand for something.

Just because you want to be well rounded does not mean you must know everything about anything. First, you need to realize and admit that it is not a realistic goal to desire to know everything—especially things that won’t do you any good. Second, effective leaders are very careful about the kind of influence they permit in their lives.

For example, if you desire to become a clergy, all the books and tapes on atheism are not good resources for you. They are contrary to your faith in God and would do you more harm than good (if any). Your job is to tell people that God is their Creator, He exists, and He loves them; to teach all that God expects from them and think about the people under your leadership.

Maybe you even have the opportunity to be the Youth/Teen’s Leader in your local church; you don’t need me to tell you that that’s your job. And the reason you lead those youngsters is because you have a belief that you stand for and are willing to defend even when you’re going through the fire. If you continue to expose yourself to all sorts of influence that contradicts your faith, you’ll start diminishing in your commitment and effectiveness. And if you’re not careful enough, you can begin to doubt what you believe and finally fall to the wind of the influence that constantly storms you.

As you continue to improve in the area you’re most talented, several opportunities will come your way. What you do with those opportunities can either build you up or tear you down—depending on their significance. If you truly want to be reproductive, then seize only those opportunities that will strengthen your resolve to stand for what you believe and increase your chances to pass on your conviction to the next generation.

3. They live what they believe.

It’s great for you and me to have something that we stand for. That shows how prepared we are for success in life and leadership. However, to develop other people requires more than your intrinsic values that makes you a better person. You need to live those values and lead by example.

Back in school, I have the privilege to co-find an all-round development team with my friends, Samuel and Israel. At KIST! we have some of the most amazing youngsters you can ever meet on the planet. We love to learn from each other, complete ourselves and grow together. As a result, we hold occasional round table discussions on Saturdays, and I’ve always found these sessions very helpful.

One Saturday when we were discussing influence—one of our four core practices—as a key to making a difference in the lives of other youngsters, a teammate was asked how he could help influence some positive attitudes into the lives of other youngsters around him. His response sums it up: “Teaching them how to solve their problems by handling my life well.”

You see, the point is that when it comes to being productive, what you do is more important than what you believe, say, write and teach.

4. They talk their walk.

When you begin to think about making a difference in the lives of the people who look up to you, then you’ll discover their growing interest in you and how much they want to know how you do what you do. You start becoming their hero and they become fascinated. If you live your beliefs long enough, the younger generation will start believing in you. And because you’ve gained credibility with them, they will love to do some of the things they see you doing. That marks the beginning of your success as a leader—no matter what age you are.

Now that’s a remarkable moment in your leadership history. But it just doesn’t make the process complete. You have to feed their curiosity. Teach them some of most hard-won lessons you’ve learned. Let them know what it takes to start and take the journey. Tell them why you believe what you believe. Tell them the reason for doing what you do. And most important, show them how you achieved what you’ve achieved—and how they, too, can achieve something more by themselves.

There is no better way to raise another generation of effective young leaders than letting that glowing torch of influence in your hand burn and light the way for the other youngsters coming behind you. You have no idea how invaluable your light of positive influence is until you let it shine and protect it from going off.

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Reflection: What kind of torch are you lighting? Which way are you headed? Are you teachable? Do you have a conviction you stand for? Are you living a life that is consistent with your believe? Are you helping other people find their direction?

Is there any other way re-productive leaders help succeeding generation find their path?

I will be glad to learn from you. Simply leave a reply in the comments section below. Thanks for your time.

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3 Responses to “CHARACTERISTICS OF LIVING LEADERS (Part7): REPRODUCTION”

  1. Kyepari September 27, 2013 at 07:59 #

    That’s great! If there was no reproduction, the world would have been empty by now. That applies to leadership as well, if our pioneers had not reproduced, there’d probably not be any circle of leadership that goes on.
    Great post sir, it covers the scope.

    • David O. Lawal September 27, 2013 at 08:45 #

      @Kyepari —

      I agree. The world — including the leadership world — would become empty if there were no reproduction. And that’s profound.

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