THE LION

Away from the hunter, the Lion gives us some interesting leadership lessons. Kindly allow me to personify the Lion because he is a King and as Dr. Myles Munroe explicitly puts it:’He has the spirit of leadership’. No matter where you are on the corporate ladder, know that you are a Leader if you exhibit the Lion’s character. The Lion cannot be bigger than the elephant and he has no long neck and therefore he is not taller than the giraffe. He is obviously not touted as faster than the cheetah and also not ‘wiser’ than the serpent. But he is the Leader in the animal Kingdom. When he roars his peers shiver but they want to hear him roar anyway. Because his silence is also too loud. His roars communicate and also motivate.

“One cardinal principle about the lion is that, winning starts from beginning.”

Think about the lion and five solid traits come to mind. He likes to lead and be treated as a King because he is a King. He is calm. This is one side people rarely know and he takes time to decide; which is why he delays to pounce. When he pounces, he follows one course until success – FOCUS. He keeps his eyes, ears, heart and mind on his target, never to miss because his livelihood depends on his daily activities. He solves problems. He does not create problems.

The lion is all time ready to take up tasks and he knows nothing like fear. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana had it, when he said that the secret to life is to have no fear. One cardinal principle about the lion is that, winning starts from beginning. That’s the cap I entreat all of us to wear from today. The cub knows that it will definitely be a King to lead someday. The process starts the very day it kissed the earth.

With this conviction, cubs see no fear. Where are my fresh graduates? May be they will now understand why I always say that they are the most blessed in every organization. This is because they have the power to decide whether or not they would be leaders. When they discover their leadership abilities, perhaps, they would not need to read any leadership book‐a big joke. They do. Managers and Heads of institutions have greater responsibilities in raising Leaders. The journey to Leadership Development demands a new thinking. Don’t build a wall so high around you. Lion’s do not live in fear. Be welcoming and show the way.

The Lion thinks. He never worries because he knows he will never feed on grass. He is a strategist and he commits to ways of meeting his targets. After thinking, he steps out. After planning how to sell, don’t sit behind your computers. Go out and execute. Be, that Lion. Just be. People say the lion angers at everything and every little creature around him. The answer is no. The lion is a go-getter. He meets timelines and he is only angry with himself when he fails. This is a self-checking trait lacking in our workplaces. Do self-audits to avoid same mistakes. Get rid of blame games and don’t hide behind the corridors of power. Be known.Be seen. Get on it. Do it. And do it right. Do self-talks to provoke you from the inside.

Get your targets, know your ‘preys’, go after them and be accountable to your actions and inactions. You will surely win some and you will definitely learn some. Lion’s don’t lose.

Don’t give up in the middle of the road. Develop your can-do spirit. Others call it ‘can-do- itude’- can-do-attitude. Don’t run from targets. Go after them. Meet them and exceed them. Sometimes the lion outruns its prey. It’s possible with you. Live awe-inspiring and get ahead.

For this is Leadership!

Author: Richard Kwarteng Ahenkorah

Principal Trainer, Eagle Knowledge Institute || Author: Your Journey To The Top

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