Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. – Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” ― John C. Maxwell
The reason why I decide to write about leadership is because of a conversation with a friend. He was so passionate when he told me about his influence on another person, who used to be his employee. My friend helped this person out of poverty, drug and unemployment. This person ended up married happily, moved to a better city, had a baby and made a fortune with the skills and experience he learned from my friend. My friend’s eyes were shining when he told me about the Thank-you letter from this employee. My friend didn’t expect his impact was so huge that it became a transformation in the other person’s life. It is a life-changing process. It is the best gift a person can give to the other, the faith, the opportunity, the support and a simple “You are welcome. Good luck!”
Like what John Maxwell said in his book “The 5 Levels of Leadership”, the highest level in leadership is Pinnacle, where the person is able to develop others to become leaders. They are able to transfer their knowledge, their skills, their experience and their qualities onto other people. They bring success to people whenever they go. Leaders at this level possess an influence that transcends other people. At the same time, the leaders themselves become part of the miracle and grow even further.
Imagine what you say or do to another person creates a positive impact on the other person’s vision, perspective, expectation, dream or behaviour. They become happier, more confident, more relaxed, more successful, wealthier or healthier. What legacy have you left by simply say what you say and do what you do?
I want to say to my friend, Great Job! Unbelievable! I believe he will continue to impact more people, transcend more people and create something greater.
Use our words, actions and inspiration to influence the people around us. We are creating something greater than ourselves. We are leaving our legacy in this world. We transcend ourselves in the process, as well!