Elements of Leadership

Jesus always led by example in everything that he told his disciples to do. Whatever he expected them to do; he always showed them how to do it first. He would perform healings and miracles and eventually we would see the disciples doing the same thing. The best way you can lead is by example. In today’s world, many leaders expect their subordinates to perform tasks which they themselves are incapable of doing. This destroys their credibility and causes them to lose the respect from their followers. Before you expect your team to keep a standard, ensure that you’re keeping it yourself first.

 

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Elements of leadership are core qualities for emerging and aspiring great leaders.


1. Desire.
2. Ability.
3. Improvement.
4. Platform.
5. Boundaries.
6. Focus.
7. Mentoring.

 

1. Desire.

 

Desire is born out of need. The need to undertake the task which is ahead. Desire craves fulfilment and desire leads to accomplishment. Desire is an element of great leadership. I believe that God places within our hearts a desire to serve and lead. The ‘seed’ for desire must be fertilized and watered for it to grow and develop. Leadership begins with intense desire to push through and find new ground.


2. Ability.

 

Ability is the how to fulfil and accomplish the desire to lead. There is always an element or gift to lead within an emerging leader. The ability to create and draw others into a realm to go forward. Your ability has a capacity which can grow and increase. Ability never lies and those who find truth in their ability also find there place in leadership.


3. Improvement.

 

Good leaders got better and became great. A pathway for improvement will cause a leader to become excellent and more fruitful. Fine tuning leadership skills and improving on important qualities of leadership like…

1. Communication.
2. Presentation.
3. Imagination.
4. Sophistication.
5. Information.

 

What are you doing right now that is improving your leadership. The element of improving understands that it takes time to mature and time to gain wisdom. A pathway not a cliff.


4. Platform.

 

Is the organization you are planted in solid, professional and vision driven. The platform element is a major key because without a strong foundation you cannot build great leadership. Your leadership will expand in influence and authority when those who are ahead of you are climbing higher and higher. Sometimes you are forced to create the platform and sometimes you arrive into the scene with the platform already built. The first takes incredible guts and the second high respect.


5. Boundaries.

 

You can tell a lot about a leader by the way they lead and conduct there calling in life. Maverick leaders are leaders who from the beginning were allowed to run free. This always leads to resentment, repeated mistakes and frustration. Maverick leaders cause damage and are always scrutinized. Maverick leaders create suspicion because you have no way of knowing what they are capable of. When clear and concise parameters have been established by an organization or mentor than the leader has the security to grow and develop methodically. The element of knowing the school, preparation circle of influence, mentor or company in which the leaders have been associated with brings great comfort to peers.


6. Focus.

 

Leadership by nature wants to achieve and succeed. The element of focus causes the leader to be single minded and resilient. Followers are always distracted by something or someone. A leader is completely focused on the vision and is disciplined and mature enough to know a price will have to be paid to lead. Leaders a few because to be a leader requires courage. Courage always comes under fire to suppress leadership. Focus is like a laser beam hitting the target until it breaks-through!


7. Mentoring.

 

To be mentored is a great challenge for both parties. The Mentor has the enormous responsibility of helping to shape, mould and develop the leader. The Mentoree has the challenge to be open, accountable, teachable and patient enough to be mentored. The Mentor exist to love, nourish and fine tune the leader. The Mentor is an ‘Anchor’ in life in which you can connect to for whatever may come. A Mentor becomes the confident and the one you can trust when forging new ideas and dreams. The Mentor most often sees the big picture and most of the time has the experience and wisdom of having gone before you in your quest to lead. The Mentor should have the permission to test and challenge your character. The Mentor element is the one most emerging leaders who fail or are frustrated do not have and cannot commit to. It’s also the one which great leaders always have.

 

 


Conclusion

 

These 7 Elements are what I consider to be essentials in Leadership. Elements to help you understand the way in which I think about leadership. What inspire me and what impresses me about leadership. Leadership should always be evaluated in the long term. Successes, trials, challenges and wilderness times are apart of life and leadership. How you cope, deal and come out of those moments will determine the kind of leader you are.