LIWDOL — Lesson #2: Who Is A Leader?

13 Jul

Great day to you.

This is “Leadership Insights With David O. Lawal”. Relax and let’s talk leadership once again.

Before we get down to our discussion today, I have news for you. And here’s the news:

You’ll receive this sort of bite-sized Leadership Insights from me weekly. Sometimes twice or thrice or 5 times in a week. But expect to hear from me at least once every week.

Whenever I share the insights with you, I’ll give you time to internalise the principles. Then few hours later, I’ll expect you and me to discuss the subject.

• You’ll tell me what you think about the discuss.
• You’ll share with me how you wish to apply the principles.
• You’ll share your understanding of the subject under consideration with me.
• Your doubts too? Most welcomed. I love questions…so much.

…then, I can learn from you.

That’s what it means to take the “Leadership + Personal Development” journey together. When you share what you know with me and I share, in return, the little I know with you.

The result?

You’ll know more. I’ll know more too.
You’ll get better, and I too will get better.
You and I will grow—we’ll reach our leadership potential together.

And that’s what I mean whenever I refer to you as my Partner in Progress—my PiP.

End of news.

Today’s discuss:

Let’s talk about: Who is a leader?

That’s exactly the question one of our friends—a recipient of this sort of lessons—asked yesterday. She said she wants to know who a leader really is.

Now that it’s to be, then it’s up to us. Let’s face it.

I’ll start by highlighting who a leader isn’t. (Now I’m talking about servant leadership.)

1. A leader isn’t a know-it-all.
2. A leader isn’t a commander. A commander is a boss, not a leader.
3. A leader isn’t a manager.

Who then is a leader?

1. A leader knows the way, shows the way and goes the way. He know the “why” for the “what” his people do—he communicates the “why” to his people REPEATEDLY (note that!).
2. A leader is an encourager. He doesn’t force people to do things against their wish. He rather inspires his team to do what they never thought will be valuable to them until they get it done.
3. A manager works with processes to obtain results. The leader works with people to obtain results. Often, good leaders make good managers.

Think about that today.
Share the lesson with a friend. Discuss it with him/her.
If you don’t agree with any of the points I’ve made, please hesitate not to inform me. I’ll treasure the opportunity…so much.
And if you have further questions, please feel very free to ask. (Remember, I love questions—so much.)

Go out today and live out leadership: Be an encourager.

I expect to hear from you…soon.


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