Every person on the planet has the potential to be a leader. Everything we need, to reach our fullest potential, is already within us. It was placed in us by God, our Creator. He designed each one of us for a purpose. However, recognizing that potential is only just the beginning. To become effective, we must unlock that potential by taking consistent, committed steps. Below, I want to share with you some simple and effective keys, that will help unlock your leadership potential and guide you to becoming a person of impact.
1. Start with Your Passion
To be an effective leader, we should have a passion for something. Whatever that passion is, we should pursue it to the greater benefit of others. Our passion has a direct correlation to our purpose. Throughout history, you’ll find that people who’ve made valuable contributions to their generation, had a particular passion for something. They either spent their lives pursuing that passion, or they sacrificed their lives for the sake of it. Either way, they were remembered for their passion, that ultimately became their life’s purpose.
2. Believe in Yourself
It’s natural for any leader to have self-doubts, but we should never let it hold us back to the degree that it forfeits our purpose or destiny. Know that you’re capable of becoming all that you were created to be. Get rid of the negative thoughts of yourself and begin to see yourself the way God does. After all, He made you in His image. Be bold enough to do what it takes to move forward.
3. Develop Your Skills
Assess your talents, gifts, abilities, and skills to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Be willing to develop in areas of your life that need more attention than others. Take a class, join a group, or read a book, but you must be willing to constantly evolve, learn and grow. The best leaders are lifelong learners.
4. Rise Above the Criticism
Whenever you try to do something great with your life, criticism will come. As a leader, you must choose to have a healthy self-image and reflection of yourself. Never mind what the haters say, just continue to soar high like an eagle. One of the characteristics of an eagle is that eagles don’t mix with other birds, but only enjoy flying at their high altitude. When you soar with the eagles, you lose sight of the turkeys. Eagles fly high in the sky, but turkeys stay on the ground.
5. Focus on Your Priorities
Time is a major necessity in life. We’re only given a limited amount of time to fulfill our life’s purpose here on earth. What we do with this time, will determine the impact and imprint we leave behind. Get busy doing the right things. Our time should be spent on things that directly align with our personal vision, mission, and purpose. Be selective, and use your time wisely, by focusing on your priorities.
6. Allow Failure to Guide You
Truth is, we’ve all failed and made mistakes at some point in our lives. The good news is that we don’t have to remain stuck in our mistakes, but rather learn from them. Every mistake, failure, or mishap is an opportunity to grow stronger and wiser. Get up, dust yourself off and learn from it. Failures are only opportunities to do it right the next time.
7. Take One Step at A Time
Leadership is a journey rather than a destination. When we get impatient and rush to the destination, it prevents us from properly developing. The journey is what shapes and molds us into the person we were created to be. It prevents us from stepping out prematurely and being vulnerable to the attacks that come with being a leader. So, take it one step at a time, and one day at a time.
8. Stay Connected to The Source
The Creator, who’s the source of our potential, knows our true ability. Therefore, He’s the only one who can empower us to accomplish it. When we’re connected to the Source, we become empowered to do things we couldn’t do by ourselves. Resist the urge to go at it alone, stay connected to the Source. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing,” (John 15:5, NIV)