01 Jul What it Really Takes to Be A Leader
You must have read tons of articles on enhancing Leadership Skills, by now. Those attention-grabbing titles like ‘how to be good leader’, how to improve communication skills, how to be a peoples person, how to sharpen public speaking skills etc, must have compelled you to skim through the content, every now and then. Assuming you have read hundreds of articles on these topics as of today, would you say that you have noticed a significant degree of similarity in the content? Do you feel that it’s the same content at the core, being presented to you in a different package? Every expert asks you to take control of your life, change negative thought pattern to attract success in life, take responsibility of your actions, stay in the company of positive and like minded people and so on and so forth. Apart from offering a detailed content about what leadership entails and how rewarding ‘proper communication’ can be, they also offer tips on how to beat the competition, how to present oneself in today’s fast paced world and how to market services / products with minimal rejection. This kind of stuff sounds incredibly inspiring when you hear it from a reputed speaker in a seminar, gala or a conference. The question is – how long does that mesmerizing effect last? For some, it simply vanishes as soon as the event ends and for others, the hangover lasts for a few days. Either way, how many people are actually able to put into practice, the knowledge that’s imparted to them in such events? Very few I suppose.
The reason, why most people keep struggling with their issues despite having vast resource of information available to them, is that no one tells them about THE most important attribute that triggers leadership qualities in an individual. Leadership is not a superficial quality – it comes from within. You certainly need to step up and take control of your life (personal and professional) but without the ‘inner strength’ how do you expect to achieve your objective? You can’t expect to address a large gathering if you don’t feel comfortable speaking in front of just four people. Ever felt butterflies in your stomach and cramps in your knees when invited to speak to a small group? I bet some of you have.
Now what is this ‘inner strength’? Are you born with it or supposed to cultivate it? Well, some are born with it while others have to work for igniting this tiny little spark inside. Make no mistake – this tiny spark is the fundamental ingredient for turning your whole being into a massive powerhouse. At its full potential, it catapults you to unimaginable success and sets you apart from the crowd, as a Leader. As intriguing as it sounds, how to tap into this hidden energy resource that we call ‘inner strength’ and bring it to surface for the world to see? The answer is simple. There’s only one way to connect with the power grid inside of you and that’s called ‘turning inward’. If done on daily basis, it gives you clarity of vision and power to communicate – two important attributes of a Leader. Additionally, it helps you stay focused, calm, composed, unruffled, stable and grounded, no matter what situation you are confronted with. Imagine what this attribute, when ignited, could do for you, in personal and professional arena. 9 out of 10 leaders and communicators that have ever inspired you, are those who have spent quite a few years of their lives trying to discover who they are, using spiritual techniques as a modality. Do I need to say any further?