How does our thinking prevent us from becoming a charismatic & influential leader?
For many years, I have been running a Corporate Leadership Development Program. According to my experience & research in this area, there are four things, hindering individuals from becoming charismatic & influential leaders. For making any leadership training program successful, apart from these four things, we have to consider some other things as well, but, in this blog, we will discuss only these four things.
01. 'I know everything' Attitude:
As soon as this 'I know everything' Attitude formulates, development becomes stagnant. This kind of thinking prevents us from 'moving forward’ in our life, and the heading towards the bright future becomes almost impossible. A vicious circle starts, which is very difficult to break. It becomes almost impossible to develop new thinking, to become creative and to dedicate oneself to the higher & worthy goal. This 'I know everything' Attitude closes the doors of new learning. As soon as new learning stops, the possibility of transformation vanishes itself. Due to this attitude, ‘Guru Syndrome’ develops, and the whole thing is messed up.
Instead of that, if your thinking is like ‘I want to learn, know, and create something new’, then as a leader, you unlock the doors of myriad possibilities. You groom yourself at every level, learn new things, add new things, you are full of enthusiasm, and committed for creating a golden future. Every day becomes a new day. Every moment brings a happy feeling, and there is a sense of ‘being alive’ for a greater purpose.
02. Lack of realization of ‘a greater and worthy purpose/objective’
If there is no higher purpose or objective, efforts & ventures seem futile initially. Every moment, questions like 'What am I doing? Is it right? Should I do something different?' etc. start popping up. They create doubt about one's ability, future, and talent. This feeling of 'I can do something' starts fading, life starts whirling around like a ship lost in the storm.
As a leader, if you have that innate understanding of a greater and worthy motive, the miracle happens. This realisation gives you strength even in adverse circumstances. It keeps your fighting spirit alive. This deep sense of a greater and worthy goal leads you to higher levels of success. This is the key point which differentiates you from the masses and helps you to move ahead on the path of success.
03. Ignoring physical fitness/ Paying no attention to physical fitness:
Physical & mental fitness is the most important factor for any successful leader. I personally know many leaders who have excellent leadership skills, but unfortunately, they do not have the energy that is required to lead others. Despite having major leadership qualities, due to poor physical fitness, they are not that much successful in personal, professional or in social life. Becoming a leader is like becoming an international athlete. For this, you have to work hard daily, keep yourself fit, and exercise every day. If you yourself don’t have the stamina, if you are not healthy: you won’t be able to instil energy into the people around you. You can’t impart the thing you don’t possess.
04. Lack of a burning desire to do something new, something innovative.
Our mind gets stuck in patterns; that is human nature. As things start settling down, people start getting habitual to that comfort zone. They start avoiding taking steps, which might create instability. When certain patterns, ventures, strategies start producing results, they keep on doing the same & avoiding the unaccustomed ones. This hinders the gradual process of development, and life starts whirling in the same pattern.
As a leader, you should do something new all the time, you need to be innovative and you should find something creative before things become monotonous. The influence of social media has increased in the last few years. It has flooded our lives with information. As a result, everyone knows everything but understands almost nothing. Undigested information has hindered the process of transformation.
If you want to move ahead in your life as a charismatic & influential leader, then definitely think over the four points mentioned above.
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‘Enjoy Your Life & Live with Passion!’
(This blog is originally written in Hindi by the Master Trainer Sandip Shirsat and later translated in English by Zeba Ali.)
Executive Leadeship Coach & Trainer, Founder & CEO of IBHNLP
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