Leadership 1 – Direction

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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How can a leader lead if he does not know where he is going?

Why should anyone follow a leader who does not know where he is going?

How can a leader create a vision to inspire himself and his team if he does not know what he is aiming for?

It seems axiomatic to me that the first requirement of leadership is that the leader must be crystal clear about where he is headed.

On my bookshelf I have 13 books with the word “leadership” in the title. All of these books have good points to make about leadership, yet very few of them lay sufficient emphasis on the importance of direction.

Lucius Seneca, the Roman Stoic philosopher said: “If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favourable to him”.

A good leader should know where he is headed and he should be constantly reviewing and checking the value of his goal.

It is only when you are clear about your goal that you can develop the strategy to achieve that goal and build a team with the talents and abilities to succeed.

To make good decisions about direction you need to ensure that you are aware of all available information. Then you should consult with history, precedent, those who have travelled the road and those whose advice you value. Finally you should exercise sound judgement.

For this week you may wish to make “Direction” the subject of your Power Affirmation.

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