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Leader Lead Yourself

You cannot impart what you do not possess. Sounds like a cliché…but it is true.

“I would have lost heart had I not believed, that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living’. Psalm 37 verse 14. This is my best Bible verse.

To be a leader you must first be able to lead yourself. To lead yourself you must believe in yourself, you must be positive, you must take initiative, you must desire to get knowledge to advance yourself and others. You must also take cognition of your shortcomings and take action to work on those shortcomings. Leadership entails influencing others; getting the best out of yourself and those you lead in achieving a goal/goals for the greater good. Leadership is desirable in all spheres of our lives….at personal level, in the home, in the office, in the church, over the nation.

I love Psalm 37 verse 14 because it encapsulates positivity about our present and future and the fact that what we think and believe can spur us to achieve that desirable situation. We are basically what we think constantly. Our thoughts can influence what we are able to achieve in our lives and with others.

Two values that I hold dear and which I believe are non-negotiable with good leadership are Integrity and diversity in decision making.

INTEGRITY: To have integrity is to do the right thing consistently, even when no one is watching; and to have a strong moral and ethical compass.

DIVERSITY: Diversity in the workplace refers to an organization that intentionally
employs a workforce comprised of individuals of varying gender, religion, race, and other attributes. It is paramount that an organization ensures that the participation of its employees in decision-making is equal.

I believe that an organization’s performance is a reflection of the decisions it makes and the values it espouses. The right mix of skill, experience, knowledge, and diversity at higher levels of decision making allows for objective discussion and interrogation of issues resulting in optimal decisions being made.

I am a firm believer in diversity. I believe women’s participation in decision making in every aspect of our lives is essential and necessary. Unfortunately some cultural norms can act as barriers to women advancing to higher management and leadership roles, for example  women can sometimes be less assertive and less demanding than men, because they are
socialised into these roles at an early stage.

In my experience over the years, I have found that the inclusion of a fair balance of women in Management or a Board of Directors allows for more independent thought and debate when making decisions. Women will ask the more incisive questions that are sometimes not asked in a discussion after a senior person has presented their opinion. This ensures a more robust decision making process which is beneficial for all stakeholders.

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