by Anne-Maria Yritys, Featured Contributor
Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality. Dare to lead.
–Warren G. Bennis
[su_dropcap style=”flat”]A[/su_dropcap]S WE ALL KNOW, there are many differences between leadership and management. Management withholds the capability of managing tasks, while leadership, and leaders, focus upon the bigger picture, including a) the capacity of leading oneself, b) the ability to lead others c) the capability of inspiring and creating whole new possibilities through leading oneself, and other people.
The difference between merely managing, or having the capacity to both manage tasks and lead people, can be demanding for anyone, wherefore true, inspiring leadership always does require inspiration, dedication, a positive mind-set, a capability to handle complex issues with optimism, passion, purpose, and vision. Management, and leadership skills, can always be trained and developed, but true, inspiring, long-lasting, changing leadership with an impact upon one´s personal life, other individuals, and society, is possible only through dedicated, long-term work and an aspiration, together with a willingness to work towards reaching a greater purpose and goal, to make a positive impact and create positive change in the environment/in a society.
As a leader with vision, your efforts have to be aligned with your whole life, and in the way you communicate, and express your life mission to other people, and society. “
Your leadership does not come from position or title, but rather from a strong sense and willingness to make a positive impact, to improve society, and to help other individuals realizing why their contribution is essential, and needed, too. True leaders do not need a position or title to create change, or to make an impact, although the best of leaders will definitely create a position for themselves through dedication and hard work.
We are all humane, and leaders especially ought to, and tend to, remain easily approachable and humane. Nevertheless, even leaders need rest and sleep, and a life lived to its fullest will make its marks. However, how we grow and mature is up to us, and since spirit is stronger than our physical bodies, a determined mind will always prosper, regardless of physical age.
Your leadership will always matter. When having moments of doubt, please remind yourself about the fact that your actions and that the results of your communication and leadership are not always visible. People will not always clap their hands, or freely express their enthusiasm towards what you are doing. Let go of your doubts, and let your leadership shine – your actions and leadership do make a difference, at all times.
I want to share with you a conversation between two leadership personalities, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, and Tony Robbins, the work of both that has inspired not only me personally, but millions of other people worldwide: