It’s easy. Believe me.
First, I’d like to congratulate you for having that desire to lead. To aspire for leadership is a noble ambition. It’s open for everybody because everyone can lead. You don’t have to get a degree or a master’s for you to effectively do so. You just need You and fellow others for the essence of leadership to exist.
Listen to Me
Listen to me not because I’m a good leader.It’s the prerogative of my constituents to judge whether I am or not. Nor because I’ve been to many leadership positions. These experiences widen my perspective of leadership in the context of local governance, religious organizations, student leadership, and running a university as member of the MSU Board of Regents.
Other than the experience, you should listen to me because I’ve made mistakes and failed many times. You cannot buy failures’ lessons in the market. You can get it from someone who’ve been there. I’ve been there. Experience is the greatest teacher, but you need not experience failures to learn the valuable lessons in life. Learning from your experience is wise, but learning from others’ examples and failures is wiser.
However, that does not mean that you should believe everything I say. You should be critical whether it’s true or not, or whether it’s practical or it’s just but a mere empty rhetoric.
Desire to Lead
Leadership starts from the heart. It starts with a desire. You should not be after of the position. I’m sure you’ve heard this many times: “Leadership is not a position, but an action.”
If getting the position is your goal, you’ll surely be disappointed. You’ll have the tendency to manipulate things. You will be doing things to get something in return, not because you have the desire to contribute and to give.
The desire to do good, to help and contribute to the organization should come first in your system, not because you have to but because you want to.
It excites you to accomplish things for the development of people in your organization. It gladdens your heart every time the activity attains the objective. You find joy in doing little things, making errands, cleaning the office, attending meetings. You make yourself available, giving no unreasonable excuses, and you are focused on the vision of the group. If this is you, then I’m sure you’ll be in the leadership positions in the near future. But even if you’ll not, you will still be in the organization because you found joy in it.
So you really want to be a leader?
Do you love your organization and the people in it? Do you find joy doing the “little” things of the organization? Are you available?
Do you have the heart to lead?
You can be a leader. You are a leader. Doubt not. Enjoy the journey.
Post Script: Today is the birthday of the good and cool friend of mine: ERNEST JOHN CALIZA, the leader. Happy birthday, Erns. Thank you for helping in the leadership. More so, thanks for the lessons I’ve learned from you. Your availability and the heart for service is worth emulating. God bless you and your noble endeavors.