1. They know the destination and work towards it. Followers must be wary of a leader who seems not to know their destination. Indeed, the first test of a leader is a clear destination he/she is headed. Getting to the destination is a different ball game. This code helps the leader to visualize their destination, articulate it in a way that it becomes their message, brand and lifestyle. A clear destination gives direction and focus. The pursuit of a destination creates expectations and results. The two keys leaders use in galvanizing a great team are expectations and results of the desired destination, which they create in their followers.
  2. Leaders define their tomorrow by their today choices. The life of a leader today will not be different from what it will be tomorrow, if they make the same choices. Choices are the tools an individual use to effect significant shift in their lives, career and impact on the society. Life moves in the direction of our choices. For a leader, tomorrow can only be different from today, only if they make the right choices. These include the choice of team members, location of programs, types of programs, target audience and channels of communications. Tomorrow can only change if wise choices are made today, by trading of momentary comforts.
  3. You cannot lead others except you lead yourself. This is the code that helps a leader to focus on his/herself. Many individuals are desirous of leading other people, but they cannot lead themselves. To lead yourself, you need to be aware of your areas of strength and weakness. A leader must learn the principle of being organized, working under pressure and effective time management. Leading yourself means you understand priority, defines what you should do and the things you cannot do. It is being self-aware of the limitations and opportunities an individual is endowed with.
  4. Listen to understand, instead of to defend. A leader while working with other people must listen and understand their view points. Listening is more than giving another person our physical attention. Listening to other people does not exist because you need to give back your response to their perspectives or defend your actions. Listening gives the leader the best opportunity to learn things they do not know, the inner workings of their followers, their perspectives and their analysis of the leader’s abilities/disabilities. In listening sessions, the leader mustn’t display emotions that suggest displeasure with the views or perspectives being expressed. Rather, they should show interest in the subject to enable them gain understanding of the issues at stake and how they can be redressed, if need be.
  5. Announce your values. Every leader must announce their values from day one to their team member. This include their punctuality, approach and quality of work, depth of interaction, delivery and ethics. The leader must state in clear terms their positions in issues, processes and programs of their teams and must not leave any one in doubt about their convictions at any point in time.

 

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