Friday 30 October 2020

A Leader is Never Invisible in the Face of a Challenge

“A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.” ― Douglas MacArthur.

In his book, "Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money," Rabbi Daniel Lapin explains, there is no Hebrew word for "Leader" in the Torah (scriptures). The reasoning being leadership did not necessarily reside in a person but rather in the action or inaction of each person in and under each circumstance and situation of life.

Leaders rise to the occasion of life. Leadership does not have a permanent address. It is in each person as it arises on the occasion of life. A leader in one aspect of life might not necessarily be a leader in another. It is always a function of whether or not a person rises to the occasion of life.

Leadership is necessarily a verb and not a noun.    

"I have three precious things which I hold fast and prize. The first is gentleness; the second is frugality; the third is humility, which keeps me from putting myself before others. Be gentle, and you can be bold; be frugal, and you can be liberal; avoid putting yourself before others, and you can become a leader among men." ― Lao Tzu.

© 2020 Akin Akinbodunse


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