Rarely do entrepreneurs make a company succeed by themselves. As an entrepreneur, you always need to be able to identify what your employees need, figure out a way to avail them, and lead your team to success.

“Our problems are man-made. Therefore, they can only be solved by man and not spirits.”

Anyone can become a leader – anyone who has the will and the courage to step forward, accept change and effect it, can be a LEADER. Leadership is an art. Leaders are made and they are also born. 

It’s easier for a born leader to be corrupted than a made leader. The strongest leaders in the world are the ones who are made. Proven leadership finds the potential hidden within a person and brings it forth.

The problems we face today cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.

A true leader is innovative

Leadership must be innovative for it to be able to strive and succeed all through. True leaders vividly imagine, ardently desire, sincerely believe and enthusiastically act upon what they believe.

The Foundation Stone of Leadership All Entrepreneurs Must Know - Part 1

But character is key to leadership. Research at Harvard University indicates that 85% of a leader’s performance depends on personal character. Therefore, true leadership begins from the HEART and not the HEAD, but the irony is, we have a lot of head leaders in the world today especially in Africa.

Sometimes God calms the storm. Other times, He lets the storm rage and calms His child. So most often, the acid test of true leadership is in the midst of storms. That’s the reason character is very important in leadership.

3 foundational elements of leadership

Values precede productivity. Africa has a lot of valueless leaders, leaders who don’t know their self-worth, reason why they steal, manipulate, tell lies, slander, backstab, are corrupt and even kill others. These three key elements are very fundamental for sustainable and good leadership:

  1. Integrity
  2. A servant’s ear
  3. Stewardship

If you are not thinking all the time about making every person more valuable, you don’t have a chance. Success is the progressive realization of worthwhile, predetermined personal and organizational goals. And successful leadership is the consistent realization of a leader’s amplifier (successor). Besides, any success without a successor is nothing but a failure.

This was Part One of the Foundation Stones of Leadership and I will be back with the Part Two of this series.

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