Leadership is one of those big words that mean so much and so little at the same time. One of those concepts like happiness, acceptance, and self-esteem that we could write volumes about without ever reaching the end of it. One of those kaleidoscope words with a chameleon skin depending on the mindset and the culture. It would be actually difficult to nail down what leadership means to perfection, as it’s interesting to note that different types of cultures trigger different types of leadership. It enhances an independence of sorts that is probably only existent in certain people, a detachment not only from other human beings but also from the leader’s ego.
This is not my goal to touch base with political leadership here - rather, I want to question what we feel within the endeavor for personal leadership and growth. The rapport between politics and getting on top of ourselves to keep our feet on the ground might be tighter than we think, when you bring the macro vision to a personal level. Think of it this way: while in some countries, you would need one leader backed by parties, in others, it is of the utmost importance that the oldest members of the society get the responsibility of power, due to their old-age wisdom. In yet other cultures, it is the power of the whole community as one that makes leadership that much more effective, dressing democracy with yet another meaning. So what about leadership when it comes to yourself? Is effective leadership coming from a mashup of your surroundings digested and made yours, or does it come from stripping yourself from exterior influences to go back to a raw mindset? And how do they influence the way you succeed? So much goes into being your own leader. Being your own goal-getter, fighting for and against yourself when you don’t want to get up in the morning because you’re the one to structure your own days, and you have to bring yourself in a place to be as efficient as possible - because time is limited. Effective leadership comes from a place of love, care, and promise. It has nothing to do with professionalism in its early stages. Rather, leadership is understanding - like any healthy relationship would be. Although it does call for sacrifices, leadership at its core is taking the time to process the why’s of what you are going through as you’re paving the way for your true self, and maybe others’. Whenever you choose to embark on a new line of business, do so with all the deep hope you can fit in your heart. As Martin Luther King said, you need to take the first few steps in faith - you don’t have to see the whole staircase. But you know how it feels. You are able to lead the way for a few weeks, maybe a few months with inconsistent results. It feels down, down, down, a little bit high, then higher, then down, then higher, and success is never quite linear.