When you say to yourself you want to be a great leader, you are actually asking for trouble.
Are you absolutely asking for trouble.
In business, you are paid more as you move up the ladder with more responsibility.
You are in essence paid more to deal with conflict, with tension.
It is not enough to have the academic degrees, you need to have ability to manage conflict, pressure, and struggles.
In biblical terms:
To whom much is given, much will be required. [Luke 12:48]
Great leaders in history had to deal with great conflict: Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, Elon Musk, Sir Seretse Khama, Sojourner Truth, Angela Merkel.
The greater the struggle you overcome, the greater the leader you become.
Martin Luther King Jr., in a famous letter from Birmingham Jail, said:
“There is a type of constructive nonviolent tension that is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must see the need of having nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men to rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood.”
He makes a profound point, tension is not a necessary evil, it is a necessity.
Tension need not be avoided, but welcomed.
So, we must seek it in every form:
- The tension that comes from having set a tough target,
- The tension that comes from doing the right thing even it is not easy,
- The tension that comes from the expectation to prepare hard and perform,
- The tension that comes from holding two conflicting ideas,
- The tension that comes from making a tough values based decision and the tension from having difficult conversations that matter.
Move towards tension and the struggle it brings and conquer it repeatedly with great processes that you develop as you go.
Growth can’t help but follow.
We have put together a short leadership programme for someone like you, someone who cares enough and is not afraid to deal with conflict. Someone who is passionate to resolve struggles and pioneer progress.
For more information on the short-course, class dates, fees and to register online, please double click on this link: Managing and Leading People Information.
Doing work that matters involves taking one intentional step today that will stretch you, challenge you, and make you a different person tomorrow.
The programme starts in March 2020. Registration is open and you may register online now.