Standing Straight: Leadership in its Sense

A leader is a force of nature. Like John Maxwell said, “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” Leadership is simple the art of being that kind of leader. Practically in everyday life, when you see a group of people passing by, you can easily pinpoint who’s the head of the pack. It seems as if they have hanging signs over their heads screaming that they’re the alpha. If you care to ask why that is, the answer is simple. They stand out and they stand up, figuratively to be precise.

Every one of us — and I do mean every single one — was born with the potentials of being a leader. But to actually be a leader, one must do the impossible: he/she must stand up for what he/she believes in. Trust me, it’s not an easy thing to do. But that great reason is why a leader is a force of nature.

These are the things you already know about the sense of leadership, but some still might haven’t really figured out. Being a leader doesn’t always equate to the likes of the Justice League or the Avengers. You don’t need superpowers, good looks, or undeniable talents to be a leader. You don’t even have to be officially announced as the chief, the boss, or the person in charge of a group project to be a leader. It’s something that tkes initiative and, we, guts.

Moreover, being a leader is not a one-man job. Without people willing to follow the leader’s vocation, a leader is inefficient, or in the easiest term, basically useless. Myron Curry, President of BusinessTrainingMedia.com mentioned in his article Leadership: What Makes a Good Leader that teamwork should be considered in good leadership. Any activity or shall I say, quest would be a ton harder if there’s no teamwork. In fact, a team’s mission is practically futile without it.

Leadership or being a leader is almost equivalent to standing up straighter, tilting chin up, and doing something. A leader is a follower who constitutes change. Sounds daunting?

Honestly, being a leader isn’t an easy task, but you don’t necessarily have to climb mountains to try and be one. All it takes is to stand a little straighter and make a change.

Author | Cerisse C. Madlangbayan | HRD, De La Salle University – Dasmariñas | Heraldo Filipino – Official DLSUD Newspaper, member and contributor.

Source: SEABEES COURIER 2013 Anniversary Issue, page 35.

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