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Are leaders born?

23 August 2013, 13:13

My uncle asked me once, “Are leaders born?”

Confused at the question, I had to think. He smiled with that humour in his eye of knowledge and experience and answered, “No, babies are born.”

This question has haunted me for many years. It opened up a world of study and I kept asking the question, are leaders born?

The counter question is: are managers born?

From hours of reading and meditation and numerous miracles I came to the conclusions recorded in this summary. The theory is universal, applicable to every scenario, case, happening and event. From politics to economics, physical environment to social milieu. Every career, every job, from the smallest experience like brushing your teeth to the largest organisation. The cycle is a governance cycle. A cycle that balances leadership and management. We all have to lead and manage our own lives. As John Donne explained “No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main”. We are all part of society, communities and families. In different compartments where we interact and do. These different compartments all have effects on each other.

The rational behind life is to provide us with a step by step summary of how to be more aware of the world you find yourself in, anticipate how your actions will affect you and your world (family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and even strangers). You are accountable for your actions and finally your ability to adapt. Society is an ever living and changing synergy of systems that accepts that which is positive, shuns that which is negative and accepts that which is non-effectual.

Due to the speed that our society changes we are all accountable for our results in time to come. Decisions made today can have a far reaching effect into our future as individuals, groups, communities, countries and as a species.

We are all special, diamonds in the rough, some are just a little more cut and polished than others. We can all make the difference within ourselves and our communities.

You may decide that this process is common sense. Voltaire said it beautifully, “Common sense is not common.” Due to different backgrounds, education systems, cultures and environments we are all different, thus our common sense’s are all different. The goal here is thus to provide you with a framework so that you can reach your full potential. Life is not a recipe, but steps to task completion, personal growth and group harmony can be of assistance.

The foundation for a lot of this is grounded in the book of Proverbs. It is undisputed, King Solomon was one of the wisest men to ever live (Scott 2006: 2). With 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs, the reading is easy, one chapter a day, everyday, according to the day of the month.

Unfortunately we have to implement the cycle numerous times everyday depending on our situations and responsibilities, work, family, friends and even self. The tasks can range from brushing your teeth, building dams, chairing a meeting, attending a meeting, digging a ditch, driving a car. I can not guarantee you results immediately but through focused practice and repetition you can master yourself and your skills for an improved result.

Malcolm Gladwell’s theory of 10 000 hours puts it perfectly. 10 000 hours of dedicated practice and commitment can ensure that you become a master at what you do. You cut your own diamond. You can sparkle in your community. “Be honoured in the eyes of man.”

I’m going to keep this as short as possible, a pocket guide to the steps. In our modern society we are exposed to way too much information. As per Maxwell (2002: vi), “A weekday edition of The New York Times contains more information than average people in seventeenth century England were likely to come across in their lifetime. The amount of information available in the world has doubled in the last five years, and it keeps doubling.” Following the steps can ensure that you learn and grow in all dimensions of your life. Just keep doing, you owe it to yourself to reach your full potential.

My wish is that everything you do will be to the best of your ability in service of the larger systems of your world.

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