"There are some who take their dog for its morning walk and then there are those whose dog takes them! Who leads whom in this life is invariably indicated by whose course is followed!
Leaders are born to lead. They do not arrive by accident. Some are reluctant to take hold of the reins of power, whereas others willingly choose to head the pack. A wise leader will possess the vision to gather the thoughts of all around and mobilise united action into single purpose. Should however, the path forward prove unsuitable, they are endowed with the courage to change course. If they get lost en-route, they are unafraid to seek the help of another. Leaders neither seek conflict nor avoid it. If need be, they are prepared to grasp nettles to clear a path through difficulty.
Many leaders tend to emerge in times of indecision and popular crisis, and they appear on the scene like a vacant lifeboat in troubled seas. Whereas leadership will not wear the harness of compromise in a bid to travel the road of popularity, a good leader will be admired by their followers for their understanding, sensitivity and unending consideration.
There is so many folk who would never conceive themselves as a leader and think themselves unskilled and lacking in cleverness, courage and confidence to ever sit up front in the bus, instead of automatically taking a back seat. Deep down, what truly holds them back is an absence of self-worthiness and fear of failure. A good leader promotes more leaders, not followers. It involves unlocking their potential to become better.
From the many kinds of leaders in this world, the best leader of all is the one we can all become. We don't have to lead armies into battle, head large companies, enact laws or invent some new technology in order to become a leader of significance. We need not discover cures or find new ways of making man live longer in order to consider ourselves a success as a leader! All it takes to be a 'good leader' is to a 'good person'. Be that and you will erect a tower of respect which cannot be pulled down by man or machine. When we manage things we lead by example. A true leader knows the way, goes the way and shows the way.
I have personally known one man and one woman of simple means and average schooling who filled the cemetery to the brim with mourners on the day of their burial. These people were not famous faces, celebrities or persons of political distinction. One was a butcher, who was known to give free pork pies to the down and out and the other, a woman who spent the whole of her life without ever having spoken a bad word against another or had a bad word said against her. Both had served their neighbours and community in unselfish ways that would never be forgotten by those they left behind. They were examples of the best of mankind's leadership qualities.
The very best of all Leaders in this life is the person who can lead a good life. By taking the opportunity to do good at every turning we make, we can rest assured that happiness will always come into view. Leading a good life is within the realm of each of us, and if we can leave this earth knowing we have lived one, we will leave behind many, who because of our example, will gladly follow in our ways.
The opportunity to do good is missed by so many people today, simply because it is dressed in overalls and looks too much like hard work. Often being a leader involves following a particular path at a specific moment in time, but it can also involve one travelling a new road where there is no path and leaving a trail for others to follow. Leadership requires trust in the ones who back you up; as often quoted, even orchestral conductors must turn their backs on the crowd.
As one of the children's books I once wrote on the theme of 'Leadership' points out, there is a Solo in every Soloman, a wise man in every fool and a leader in every follower. History shows that the best of seasoned leaders were often rebels in their youth.
My late mother often warned me against the dangerous habit of creating problems. Leaders think and talk about solutions whereas followers stick with the problems of life. So look not for fault, but instead find a remedy.
Each person is possessed with different leadership qualities which we do well to discover and put into use. I long ago learned that mine was to give hope where little previously existed. What is yours?"
Those of you interested in acquiring the book I referred to with the leadership theme, it is available in either e-book format from Amazon entitled, 'Solo and Soloman' or can be purchased in hard copy as one of four stories in the book entitled 'Bes' from either Amazon or www.lulu.com with all book sale profits going to charitable causes in perpetuity. It is suitable for the 9-11-year-old reader. The film actress and naturist, Virginia McKenna, praised this story." William Forde: July 21st, 2017.