Paul Messam, Outlook Writer
BY NAME and nature we exercise authority, show followers how to gain credibility and help them to cope with confrontations in which orders are ignored or disputed. We are Mr. Leader and Ms. Leader.
We do not profess to know it all. We humble ourselves, while listening with a fair and open mind. It is the view of some that we were made not born, having the honour of such a prestigious title. Some people are born with natural leadership qualities that need to be developed. Some have natural leadership qualities. Others do not have those qualities but become excellent leaders through training.
Both Ms. Leader and Mr. Leader bestow power, command, respect and foster achievement they hone in their everyday lives. These leaders have learned to sound and look like winners. "We sometimes doubt ourselves but we do not show it," Mr. Leader states. "We act as if we know where we are going," replied Miss Leader.
APPEARANCE AND MANNERS
These two know better than anyone that appearance and
manners are important. "We are usually pleasant to be with, our speech is polished and our demeanour is unruffled and assured. We are fully aware
that knowledge is power. Additionally, competence
galvanises people and makes them appear good to you for guidance and direction."
Joyce Meyer in her book A Leader In Making, describes us leaders as "common people with uncommon goals who make an uncommon commitment [and who] can help an uncommon number of people who can lead other common people to do uncommon things." She also explained that smart leaders like us "know what he can do
and what he cannot do, and
surrounds himself with people who do well at what he cannot do at all."
In fact, being the holder of that title is considered a compliment and privilege. One Colorado