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DON’T FALL INTO THAT TRAP-COMPARISON GAME

14 Feb

“Comparison is the thief of Joy!”- Anonymous

Happy Valentine’s day to all of my friends out there. I got this quote from my wife this morning and it means something to me: “It is a privilege to love and to be loved!” Think about that for a moment and make an effort to put smiles on someone’s face today even as we mark Valentine’s day. Have fun!

Now to today’s business >>>

Your life is worth much more than anything else to leave it to the mercy of comparing it with others. You are wired up differently at creation because your creator never programmed you for a life of mediocrity. Your make-up is unique, distinct and very significant, so you can’t afford to get lost in the crowd.

There is a game that is common in today’s world that if we’re not careful, we might fall victim of it. That game is called the game of comparison. It is prevalent in families, churches, organizations and so many other places. The trap is to short-change our dreams, goals, plans for someone else’s. Don’t do it- it is very costly.

There is a line in that ageless book that defines those that engage in this game of comparison. It says “they that compare themselves with others are not wise…” Comparison game is a game of fools. The wise know enough not to engage in it. The best you can be when you engage in it is second best. And fulfillment will be a mirage to you.

How can we avoid falling into this trap of comparison game?

1. Define who you are- Identify your purpose, your passion, your unique gifts (talents), your values and follow a straight course.

2. Be focused- I define focus as “fixing your gaze at a focal point without looking elsewhere”. In Optics (a branch of Physics), a focal point is the place where all the light rays meet before the image of the object is captured on the mirror. When there’s no focal point, the image is blurred, it is not sharp. This is what happens when you engage in the game of comparison, you lose focus and therefore your vision becomes blurred. A blurred vision is not likely to see the light of the day.

3. Celebrate your uniqueness- There’s nobody on the surface of the earth that’s exactly the same as you. So, celebrate your uniqueness. You are the original. There’s no other you. Another you is a counterfeit. Don’t die a carbon copy. Carry yourself with dignity. You’re not just here to occupy space. You’re here on earth on an assignment. There’s something uniquely unique about you. Don’t go where you’re tolerated, go where you are celebrated.

4. Acknowledge other people’s differences- Variety is the spice of life. If everyone on the surface of the earth looks exactly like you, the world will be a boring place to live in. What makes life very exciting is the fact that we have different people with different temperaments, likes, personalities and this is what makes it fun. If a couple in a house are exactly the same, that house will be like a grave yard. Most of the times, opposite attracts so as to make room for fun. Problems ensued when one party tries to make the other person to be like him or her.

So, when you begin to tend towards comparing yourself to that person, just acknowledge the fact that you’re different. Celebrate other people’s progress. Their progress is not the reason you’re not making progress. Don’t wish the other person evil and never look out for their downfall. The top is open and free enough for everyone to get there. Discover your own place and get going.

Friends, if you have been trapped in the past, my advice is that you should stop playing the game of comparison. You’re not competing with anybody but yourself. Break your own records.

There’s no stopping you!

@blessingolumide

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LEADING WITH THE END IN VIEW

26 Jan

Welcome to 2014. This is wishing you a happy new year.

I want to specially appreciate you all for taking out time to read all the articles on this blog throughout last year. We’re in for the most exciting times again this year.

Anything that has a beginning must surely have an end. For every race, there’s an end line. I believe all of us have gone to the drawing board and drawn out our goals for the year and the plans to achieve these goals. If you haven’t done so, you have to do that now.

One thing that can help you in the realization of your goals this year is to have the end in view. Where do you see yourself at the end of each month, end of each quarter and ultimately at the end of the year? If you don’t have the blue print of where you want to end this year, you’ll never know when you get there. Also, when you don’t have the end in view, distraction, confusion, desperation and the likes can set in to deter you from achieving your goals. If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.

Personally, I took stock of the year 2013 and I realized that one of the most important things I did right (I did some things wrong though) was to write down my goals and plan how to achieve them. I must say here that I didn’t achieve all d goals for 2013 but most of them were realized.

A colleague of mine walked up to me in the office some weeks ago and asked how he can go about with writing out his goals and achieving them. Then, it dawned on me that a lot of people still find it difficult in this area. While I will not deceive you that it is an easy task to write down your goals, I must say that it can be one of the easiest thing for you to do if you can master the art of goal setting.

You can follow these simple steps in setting/writing your goals:

1. Break your goals into different aspects of life- Spiritual, Financial, Social/Family, Career/Business, Mental/Personal Development, Physical etc. This will simplify your setting of goals and will in turn simplify your life.

2. Break your goals into short, medium and long term goals. For example, you can say the goal for the year is long term for you, 6 months goal can be medium term and monthly goals can be short term. A short term goal can be 1-2 years, medium: 5 years and long term: 15-20 years. You have the prerogative to decide which is a short, medium or long-term goal to you.
3. Be S.M.A.R.T. when you’re setting your goals. Be SPECIFIC on what you want to get done. Set standards for it to be MEASURABLE and know the progress you’re making. Let it be something that is ATTAINABLE, don’t deceive yourself. It must be RELEVANT (to your value/belief system, your purpose). Lastly, your goals must be TIME-BOUND (1 month, 6 months, 1 year, or whatever time line you have set for its realization). A goal is a dream with a deadline.

Conclusively, please note that the process of setting/writing of goals is mind-tasking and time-consuming, but it is worth it at the end. Follow a straight course in 2014 and make room for flexibility and dynamism.

Have a most fruitful and productive 2014.

Cheers!

I am @blessingolumide on twitter!

PROCESSING LEADERSHIP

24 Oct

Welcome to another exciting time on this blog. In this edition, we’re looking at the theme ‘Processing Leadership’.

There is a saying in the South-West of Nigeria which I’ll like to quote in Pidgin English, “Soup wey sweet, na money kill am!” Soup in this context can be likened to Leadership. The soup did not just get cooked all by itself. There were some processes it underwent before arriving at the end-product (sweet and delicious soup).

According to Wikipedia, “A production line is a set of sequential operations established in a factory whereby materials are put through a refining PROCESS to produce an end-product that is suitable for onward consumption; or components are assembled to make a finished article.” Every great product that’s manufactured from the factory had passed through a series of processes. There are series of processes involved in the production of a product via the production line.

In this edition of ‘The Now Leadership’, we’ll be looking at 6 processes in a sequential order that we must pass through in the production line of leadership.

The processes are:
Reading->Thinking->Asking->Observing->Teaching->Refining

* Leadership begins and continues by being a reader. Reading stage is information-gathering stage. Dr David Oyedepo said and I quote “A reader today, a leader tomorrow” . If you’re not informed as a leader, you can’t lead any course, not even yourself. If you’re not informed, you’ll be deformed. Africa has lots of deformed leaders, that’s why most of our systems and structures are deformed as a continent.

* Thinking refers to the engagement of your mental faculty in productive thought over a matter with a view to producing quality results or solutions to issues on ground. It was said of the world’s best Neuro Surgeon (Ben Carson), when he was still a kid, that fateful day, his mom had looked for him everywhere calling his name. Finally, she opened the door to the bathroom and found him there thinking. She told him she’s been looking for him all over the place. His response was “Mom, I’m thinking, don’t you think?” Leaders think, they don’t worry!

* There’s this saying from where I come from “The person that asks for the way doesn’t get lost!” You need a mentor in your leadership pursuit. If you’re reading and thinking, then questions will arise in your quest for light. At this point, you need to consult a coach (someone that had gone in the direction you want to go and has results, not just theories). Isaac Newton said “If I’m seeing farther ahead, it’s because I’m standing on the shoulders of those that have gone ahead of me”

* There are times you don’t need to talk as a leader. All you need to do is just to be still and observe things. The law of gravity was discovered during the period of observation. Isaac Newton sat under the apple tree on his way home from school when an apple fruit fell down…the rest is history, but the law of gravity came into existence at that instance. Don’t just seek to be heard, seek to observe also.

* Don’t be a dead sea, be a channel and flow out to others. Influence people around you by pouring out of yourself to them. That’s leadership. Don’t be a closed tank. Teaching others is part of processing your leadership potential. The greatest leader who ever lived (Jesus) was always out to teach people. Don’t mock at people’s ignorance, go out of your way to show them the way. When you teach leadership, you’re mastering the art of how to become a better leader. Every opportunity you have to impact people is a reharsal for the next one.

* Finally, refining talks about going through all the first 5 processes over and over again. There’s no finish line in leadership. You keep working on yourself at getting better. You’re not competing with anybody, but you. You must keep at breaking your own records. Don’t maintain a status quo.

Reach for the stars, because you’re truly a star!

You will succeed!

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THE LEADERSHIP EDGE

26 Sep

I sincerely apologize to the readers and followers of this blog for being away for three months. It’s necessary to put resources together in order to extend our reach and build an edge that is global in coast and sustainable in implementation.

Having said that, this brings us to what we’ll be looking at on this edition of ‘The Now Leadership’ which is THE LEADERSHIP EDGE.

I believe you are aware that when we talk about a leader, it is you we’re referring to and not the next person. So, when you hear the word ‘leader’, don’t look anywhere else but at yourself. I love that phrase ‘The man in the mirror’. So, it’s the man in mirror I’m referring to as a leader, and that man is YOU. You are a leader!

Leadership Edge is developed. It is not something you wish for. If wishes were horses, beggars will ride. It is something you crave for and determine in yourself to develop. E. W. Kenyon said “Make your brain sweat. It will grow and develop, until it makes you the envy of your world”. Success in life is not something you wished for, it is a choice you make and work at and make a continuous progress on.

To develop your leadership edge, you need to ask yourself the following five (5) questions:

# Who am I? – The question of Identity
# What is peculiar about me? – The question of Uniqueness
# What is my mission on the earth? – The question of Purpose
# What problems are my here to solve? – The question of Assignment
# What gives me great joy in life? – The question of Fulfillment

Until we’re able to answer these 5 questions, fulfilling our leadership calling will be a mirage and we will not have the will power to develop our leadership edge.

Let’s examine each of these questions one after the other:

# Who am I? Friends, you must never allow your environment and the circumstance of life to define who you are. Your sense of identity should not be outward-determined, it has to be inward-determined. Look inward and discover who you really are, beyond your situations or circumstances. Your environment will like to limit you by giving you a definition of who you are not. You must be determined not to put a limit on yourself. You are more powerful than you can ever imagine. Tell yourself ‘I am more than this’. You have to paint a picture of who you really are beyond the material world. Catch a glimpse of who you are from the core of your being. That’s where greatness begins from.

# What is peculiar about me? There’s something uniquely unique about you friend. An identical twin that look exactly the same physically have something that differentiates them from each other. That thing is what defines their uniqueness and peculiarity. For instance, it has been proven scientifically that no two individuals (not even an identical twin) has the same pattern of finger print. That’s to show you how unique you are. Do you know that you can do that assignment or task you were given differently in such a way that nobody can do it exactly the same way you’ll do it? Your excellence in life stems from you having the consciousness that you are peculiar. I tell myself every time I look in the mirror that “I am the original. There’s no other me. Another me is a counterfeit. There’s something uniquely unique about me.” When you’re conscious of this fact, you will not accept defeat as your identity. You will never give in to comparison and much more you will not accept failure as your trademark. Reach out for the stars!

# What is my mission on earth? Friends, you are not here by accident. You are here for a purpose. You need to see life in that light to be able to make any meaningful impact and accomplishments. Life is more than what we think it is most of the times. Life in the real sense of the word is beyond your academics, your career (8-5 job), your family, making and stocking up money for selfish reasons…It’s beyond just living for self, it goes beyond just thinking about me, myself, I and my family. You must have a dream on the inside that’s beyond you, yourself or your family, a dream that will compel you to positive actions each time you wake up in the morning. That is purposeful living. A life of purpose is a life that is lived based on intrinsic values that can pass the test of time. A life of purpose is a life lived to be a blessing, a life that is lived to make life meaningful for others, a life that is lived as a sacrifice, a life that is lived to make this world a better place to live in. Friends, I want to encourage you to create inside of you a dream that is beyond you. Create a dream that is global in coast, dream big. Consciously create a dream that will put other people into consideration. Give your life a meaning by finding an answer to the question of purpose in your heart (Why am I here?). I want you to know that you’re not just here to fill up a space or be counted as one of the numbers. Without you here friend, life will be a vacuum. There is a void you’re created to fill. Discover it, pursue it and get busy with it.

# What problems am I here to solve? Problems are blessings in disguise. That’s the way successful people view problems. If you want to be included in the list of high-fliers, you need to train your mind to see problem as a necessary path to progress in life. Mike Murdock said and I quote “The problem you are here to solve is a pointer to your assignment in life and consequently your purpose for living.” The amount of problems you are able to solve in your life time is what determines the scope of your leadership. You’re not supposed to run away from problems, rather you’re meant to desire, ‘romance’ and ‘caress’ it. In that problem lies your progress in life. I like to call it ‘Adversity for Advancement’. Until you develop the capacity to solve problems, you are not considered as a successful and fulfilled individual. One of the attributes of high-fliers is the ability to solve problems. So, it’s no mistake that most Fortune 500 companies look for that ability in their prospective employees and those employees eventually grow up to become leaders in the organization. Develop your ability to solve problems. Don’t run away from challenges. Challenges are normal to life. You’re putting a lid on your leadership when you run away from every problem life tossed at you. Face the problem and phase it out. You are a champion. Friends, discover the problems you’re here on the earth to solve and get busy. That problem is a pointer to your assignment on the earth. Only you have been assigned to solve that problem, not another. And it remains a problem as long as you’re dodging it. One of the things that will make you discover the problem you’re assigned to solve is the fact that you’re not comfortable with the issue every time you see the picture or you think about it. Most times, you complain about it or you become angry because of the situation. Don’t just complain, get to work and very soon the problem will disappear and it is the same thing you’re angry about that will now be a source of joy and fulfillment to you.

# What gives me great joy in life? Life is not meant to be endured but enjoyed. Never condescend so low in life to the point where the only thing that makes you happy in life is money, fame, prestige, power or position. Those are not the real things. What drives you? Where does your fulfillment lies? Only few people are living a fulfilled life. And the reason is because those few people have decided to make their lives count on things that can endure and stand the test of times- Integrity, Honesty, Courage, Love, Sacrifice, Kindness, Humility, the list goes on. These are the things that matter in life. When you focus only on the material things in life, you will never be fulfilled in life. Fulfillment will be a mirage to you. You must see beyond materials to the invisible things of life and build your life around those things. There is no feeling that can be compared to a life of fulfillment. What is that thing that will give you a greatest level of fulfillment in life? That will determine your level of influence in life and consequently your leadership edge.

You will succeed!

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STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP

14 Jun

I welcome you to this edition of ‘The Now Leadership’ blog.

According to Wikipedia, Strategy is defined as a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty.

It is one attribute that leaders in every sphere of human existence (not limited to troop leaders and military generals) must possess to achieve their objectives. It is an art of a troop leader. Strategy is what defines the office of a general (whether army, navy or air-force). Strategy (in leadership) cuts across all strata of leadership-at homes, organizations, churches, businesses etc.

There is no area of life where strategy is not needed to succeed in that area. Even when it comes to a guy-lady relationship, the guy has to be strategic to woo the lady, otherwise he won’t succeed in his pursuit. The strategies include keeping her in suspense, pleasant surprises, taking her to special places on a date, gifts,…the list is endless, but one word that sums them all up is STRATEGY.

I love the definition of Strategy as stated by Max Mckeown (2011). He said and I quote “Strategy is the human attempt to get to ‘desirable ends with available means’.”

The desirable end is the goal you have set as a leader with the members of your team. While setting the goal,put the end picture in perspective. You have to cast the vision for the team.

From the above definitions, strategy and leadership are two-power twin. One cannot exist without the other. The two are meant to co-exist together. Leadership cannot be said to be effective without strategy in place.

Your plans and goals as a leader cannot see the light of the day without designing a system and support group that will ensure its reality being put in place. And that is what strategy is all about.

The good book also drives home this point about Strategic Planning. It was the very words spoken by the greatest leader of all times (Jesus) himself- “Have you seen a man who wants to build a skyscraper and will not sit down first, take stocks of the resources available to him and how he can use them judiciously, to know if it’ll be enough or not?” (Paraphrased). That statement by the ultimate leader points to the fact that leadership requires strategy for it to be effective.

I watched the fourth season of the award-winning movie entitled ‘Spartacus’ this past week. One thing that struck me most is the strategy being employed by Spartacus and his team and how they were able to execute these strategies at every point in time. One thing they did was that they would always think from the enemy’s frame of mind and develop a system that’ll counter the attack of the enemy.

According to Wikipedia, A goal is a desired result a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve a personal or organizational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development. A goal is what you want to get done at the end of a period or regime. It is measured in time. Your goal as a leader has got to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bounded. (S-M-A-R-T)

A plan is typically any diagram or list of steps with timing and resources, used to achieve an objective (Wikipedia). Another word for a Plan is Strategy. A plan consists of steps you are going to take to ensure that the goal becomes a reality. This is where strategy comes into play. You must be strategic when you’re planning to do a thing as a leader.

One of the reasons you need to be strategic in your approach as a leader is the fact that you’ll be working with uncertainties most of the times. You cannot wait for the coast to be clear before you make a move. You need to be proactive and engage your mental faculty vis-a-vis your heart when making a decision.

Also, you will not always have all the resources needed to achieve a goal. Most times, you’ll be working with a very tight budget, less than enough team members on a course, and other uncertainties. What will give your leadership an edge is how strategic you are in your thinking, approach and actions which will ultimately make all the difference.

There are different forms of strategy cutting across various fields of human endeavors- business, military, and even in games.

Business strategy talks about strategies that management employ to ensure the business breaks even, makes profit and beats market competition at all times. That is, strategy ensures that the overall performance of the business is up to pal. That’s why some organizations have the position of a Strategy Manager. The role of the Strategy Manager among others is to ensure there are strategies in place to drive the business forward and help the organization to realize its goals and objectives.

When I think about strategy in game theory, one game that comes to mind is the game of Chess. You must think two to four steps ahead of your opponent if you are going to be the winner at the end of the game. The steps your opponent is taking must also be considered when you’re taking a step and ultimately determines your final decision. How I love the game of chess!… It makes you think outside the box. Strategy requires that you think outside the box as a leader in order to achieve the desired goal.

When I considered the lifestyle of the greatest leader who ever lived (Jesus) and how he carried out his assignment and fulfilled his leadership mandate, all I could see is a leader who was very strategic in his thoughts, steps and actions. More than two thousand years after he walked this earth, his leadership and impact cannot be compared to none. He casted his vision strategically, empowered his team members strategically, taught the people strategically and conducted himself wisely and strategically.

I’ll like to mention some components of strategy. I believe these are some of the things that make up for a leader to be said to have a good strategy in place concerning any project at hand. The list is in-exhaustive and you can add more to the list.

Any strategy must be:

# Focused: What objective is this strategy going to achieve? You must be a goal-snipper when you want to design the strategy to employ in leadership. The strategy must align with the goal the team wants to achieve.

# Team-oriented: The strategy employed must bring the team together and not divided the team. It must results in team synergy.

# Result-oriented: The end must be in view. Keep talking about the big picture when you meet with your team members.

# Measured: There should be a score-card mechanism in place to measure and check if the strategy is working or not. If it’s not working, then another strategy has got to be employed. Get back to the drawing board with your team members and develop a new strategy. Change is the only constant thing in life.

# Structured: The strategy must have a structure that every member of the team must know and follow to the letter. This will prevent disorderliness and ambiguity in the process of implementation. Make it plain!

# Written down: Strategies or plans must be penned down on paper- ‘write the vision…’

I am delighted to see lives transformed and changed as a result of effective leadership at every level.

Friends, raise the bar on your leadership potential. Be strategic about the issues of your life. Take the driver’s seat when it comes to your life. Don’t be passive about your dreams, desired and plans. Get involved in changing the lives of people around you. That is where true fulfillment lies.

You will succeed!

Love,

Olumide Olaoye

LEADERSHIP IS SPIRITUAL

7 May

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”
– John C. Maxwell

Welcome to this new edition of ‘The Now Leadership’.

Leadership must be felt from the core of the soul until it can be said to be impactful and effective. You don’t just carry it on your head that you’re a leader. Much more, you must know and show it from your heart by your actions and disposition.

I believe that people are more important than anything else on this earth. They are not robots, but humans with emotions and feelings. They have desires, cravings and plans to become successful and fulfilled. The essence of leadership is to change the position of people positively, to move them from where they are to where they want to be. And as a leader, you cannot do this successfully with just your head. Your heart as a leader has got to be involved for people to experience the change that they desire.

John Maxwell said and I quote, “To lead yourself use your head, but to lead others use your heart”. How true is that statement? Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t have caused a revolution in India if he didn’t engage his heart (spirit) in the process. Winston Churchhill couldn’t have led the transformation of the British world if he had just some flimpsy ideas in his head and did not engage his heart on that course. The speech entitled “I have a dream” remains to be one of the greatest speeches ever rendered in this world to date because it was a speech drawn from the depth of the heart of Martin Luther King Jnr. Today racism is a thing of the past in the United States of America. The kind of speech that will drive men to productive actions and pursuits has got to be from the heart of a leader that has value for the well being of his people.

Compassion is one quality that will distinguish any leader any day, any time, anywhere. If you are not compassionate as a leader, people cannot be drawn towards you as followers. This is one quality that makes a leader to feel the pains of his people, feel the urge to do something about the situation, and decides to do something to make a lasting impact. The greatest leader who ever lived and the ultimate leader himself- Jesus, exhibited this quality in his earthly walk and that was the main reason people did not seize to follow him then, and even after more than 2,000 years he left this earth.

One of the ways to influence people to positive actions is when a leader is compassionate to the course of his people. A line in the holy book says “If you will be a servant to this people, be considerate of their needs and respond with compassion, work things out with them, they’ll end up doing anything for you!” (2 Chro 10:7 (MSG)). That’s influence, and that’s what leadership is all about.

Compassion is not something you generate from your head, it emanates from the core of the heart. People will be committed wholeheartedly to the course of any leader once they can perceive compassion in him. One of the things that make followers to stand against any leadership set-up is when they feel they are just being used and pushed aside as if they are robots. One of the things that we crave most as humans is the desire to be appreciated and respected. That you are in charge of things in that organization does not mean you should step on people as if they are non-entities. No! They are peculiar, they are assets to that organization. They are the reason you are there. You are responsible to them, not them to you. They are your responsibility.

Friends, do you want to live a fulfilled life? You want to make a landmark in the sand of time? You want generations after you to call you ‘blessed’? You want to live a life of success and impact?… Then, go out of your way to serve people. Be willing to be a blessing to your world. Myles Munroe, an apostle of purpose said and I quote “The richest parcel of land is not an oil field, but a burial ground”. Why? Because many people that are meant to be great leaders died without realizing their leadership potentials. That gifts and talents that are meant to change the course of living of people around them did not see the light of the day. Most died in obscurity and mediocrity. They didn’t die empty.

Friends, I challenge you today, make a commitment today that you’re going to die empty by bringing to the surface those things that are buried deep in your spirit, in the core of your soul-that ideas that’ll bring solutions to the complex human problems. And one of the things that will move you to bring it forth is when you have value for people around you, when you have value for human life. And that is compassion!

In leadership, compassion is one quality that you cannot do without if you’ll be a leader of repute and it emanates from the spirit of a man, not the head.

You will succeed!

Love,

Olumide Olaoye

LEADERSHIP IS SPIRITUAL

7 May

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care!”
– John C. Maxwell

Welcome to this new edition of ‘The Now Leadership’.

Leadership must be felt from the core of the soul until it can be said to be impactful and effective. You don’t just carry it on your head that you’re a leader. Much more, you must know and show it from your heart by your actions and disposition.

I believe that people are more important than anything else on this earth. They are not robots, but humans with emotions and feelings. They have desires, cravings and plans to become successful and fulfilled. The essence of leadership is to change the position of people positively, to move them from where they are to where they want to be. And as a leader, you cannot do this successfully with just your head. Your heart as a leader has got to be involved for people to experience the change that they desire.

John Maxwell said and I quote, “To lead yourself use your head, but to lead others use your heart”. How true is that statement? Mahatma Gandhi couldn’t have caused a revolution in India if he didn’t engage his heart (spirit) in the process. Winston Churchhill couldn’t have led the transformation of the British world if he had just some flimpsy ideas in his head and did not engage his heart on that course. The speech entitled “I have a dream” remains to be one of the greatest speeches ever rendered in this world to date because it was a speech drawn from the depth of the heart of Martin Luther King Jnr. Today racism is a thing of the past in the United States of America. The kind of speech that will drive men to productive actions and pursuits has got to be from the heart of a leader that has value for the well being of his people.

Compassion is one quality that will distinguish any leader any day, any time, anywhere. If you are not compassionate as a leader, people cannot be drawn towards you as followers. This is one quality that makes a leader to feel the pains of his people, feel the urge to do something about the situation, and decides to do something to make a lasting impact. The greatest leader who ever lived and the ultimate leader himself- Jesus, exhibited this quality in his earthly walk and that was the main reason people did not seize to follow him then, and even after more than 2,000 years he left this earth.

One of the ways to influence people to positive actions is when a leader is compassionate to the course of his people. A line in the holy book says “If you will be a servant to this people, be considerate of their needs and respond with compassion, work things out with them, they’ll end up doing anything for you!” (2 Chro 10:7 (MSG)). That’s influence, and that’s what leadership is all about.

Compassion is not something you generate from your head, it emanates from the core of the heart. People will be committed wholeheartedly to the course of any leader once they can perceive compassion in him. One of the things that make followers to stand against any leadership set-up is when they feel they are just being used and pushed aside as if they are robots. One of the things that we crave most as humans is the desire to be appreciated and respected. That you are in charge of things in that organization does not mean you should step on people as if they are non-entities. No! They are peculiar, they are assets to that organization. They are the reason you are there. You are responsible to them, not them to you. They are your responsibility.

Friends, do you want to live a fulfilled life? You want to make a landmark in the sand of time? You want generations after you to call you ‘blessed’? You want to live a life of success and impact?… Then, go out of your way to serve people. Be willing to be a blessing to your world. Myles Munroe, an apostle of purpose said and I quote “The richest parcel of land is not an oil field, but a burial ground”. Why? Because many people that are meant to be great leaders died without realizing their leadership potentials. That gifts and talents that are meant to change the course of living of people around them did not see the light of the day. Most died in obscurity and mediocrity. They didn’t die empty.

Friends, I challenge you today, make a commitment today that you’re going to die empty by bringing to the surface those things that are buried deep in your spirit, in the core of your soul-that ideas that’ll bring solutions to the complex human problems. And one of the things that will move you to bring it forth is when you have value for people around you, when you have value for human life. And that is compassion!

In leadership, compassion is one quality that you cannot do without if you’ll be a leader of repute and it emanates from the spirit of a man, not the head.

You will succeed!

Love,

Olumide Olaoye