Sunday, December 16, 2012

True Leadership

Are you a true leader? 

True leaders speak the truth, live the truth, are the truth. 

Leadership is influence in a positive vision driven direction. We have diluted the word leadership so much in the last few decades that it has become a jargon, meaningless, just as much as we have diluted Christianity. Isn't it time to get back to the fundamentals, back to understanding the basic of leadership? Being a true leader is not easy, yet very rewarding.

1) People flourish around true leaders. True leaders create great stories and use stories to teach those around them. True leaders genuinely love the people they serve.

2) True leaders set direction and charge up those they lead. True leaders also have the humility to learn from those they serve. True leaders create the necessary changes in the mist of chaos.

3) True leaders serve the few that are willing to raise the bar for themselves and their organizations. True leaders develop leaders, disciples that carry on the cause longer after they are gone. True leaders know how to stretch and secure. 

4) True leaders blaze the trail into uncharted territories. True leaders are willing to go where others don’t dare to go. They risk what they have and who they are so those they lead have a chance to have more and be more.

5) True leaders don’t waste time doing things that don’t build true relationships. True leaders know that everything rises and falls on leadership and that there is no leadership without strong relationships. There is no leadership without followership.

6) True leaders create a community where everyone rolls up their sleeves and get to work on what matters most towards worthy causes.

7) True leaders build on strengths of the people they serve. True leaders focus heavily on encouraging others and very little on correcting others.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others!

Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

1 comment:

  1. Carlos, very well said and a genuine reflection of the true leader you are continually growing to be! I am honored to be following such an inspiring individual and successful team player!