SYNOPSIS – Are You a Good Leader.
Leadership as a subject gets interesting by day. Progressively, understanding leadership has brought meaning to the power of research and practice to academia and the workplace. In recent times, at least two million people search on Leadership every quarter of each year to gain first hand insight into what leadership is and what leadership is not. !e fact is, leadership is gradually becoming a mystery if not unfathomable. People can’t find leadership. From the office to the churches and from politics to homes, leadership is gradually dissipating into thin air. I have had a stint with the corporate world from entry level to executive roles and my question remains; where is Leadership? I am not the kind of leadership authority who will ask, what leadership is. As a Lecturer in Strategic Leadership and Management and a Corporate Consultant for that matter, I will express my opinion, of course! My interrogation on leadership is to ask the question; where is leadership? The world, institutions and homes are looking for answers. Don’t be interested in scratching the surface if you want to understand the rudiments of leadership. Leadership is a multifaceted occurrence connecting the actions of a leader, the follower and the situation. To get tasks done effectively, efficiently and successfully, the leader must use the right models of motivation to stimulate follower actions to fix situations.
Although leadership is about winning (Welch & Welch 2005); winning is not a destination. You have to win consistently. You have to unfailingly achieve or deliver set objectives. That is leadership. It’s about mapping out strategies and showing character with courage and passion to lead a team toward a goal (even if you have to make ten attempts to win). It’s tenacity. It is responsibility. It’s about seeing the light in the dark. !is book should remind leaders to focus on the bigger picture. Leaders must learn and read to lead. A leader must be deep. Leaders don’t roar at the seashore. They guffaw in the middle of the ocean. A leader blends the skill of being far and near. J.C Maxwell hinted that ‘a leader must be close to the people and far from the people’. When you are close to the team, you learn from the team and they learn from you. When you are far from them, you hold the vision and you inspire them to follow you to greatness. The interactional framework that connects the leader, the follower and the situation can never be ignored in leadership success. Influencing is a skill. Leadership is influence (Maxwell 2005).
If you are still asking as I asked before; where is Leadership? This authentic work gives succinct answer to your question. This book will ask you to look any further. Just read on! This book will build your leadership skills, interpret leadership actions and unleash your leadership abilities like never before. It speaks straight to your actions and inactions within leadership situations, team-building situations and governance opportunities. If you get equipped, share with the team and ask them to get copies. It is the vitamins to relevance at the workplace. !is book will not only challenge you. It will change you. As a matter of fact, each chapter is a letter to you. This book serves you leadership as it matters when it definitely matters. After reading this book, the reader must acquire the big picture mentality. Nothing can change in the absence of friction as far as leadership is concerned. Leaders shake tables and rock boats if they have to. Leaders should not replace organizational strategic goals and people development with self-motives. Leaders develop potentials by building the team’s mental strength. Remember! You don’t win with shoulders and legs. To win or to lose is in the mind. After all is said and done, leaders must be willing to leave the big stage when the show is over. Leadership is an experience. !is book gives you the experience. !is book equips you with Tips, Tools and Techniques of Leadership. Read. Practice. Live it!