Editorials

Our editorials guide you towards our leadership strategy and our general approach to
mentoring our next Champions!

LEADERSHIP, POSITION AND TITLES

Do you see leadership as occupying a particular position, or having a title which relates to leadership, or being responsible for a group of people or an organization/ministry/nation? Do you see leadership as looking or talking like a leader, or leadership is about having a vision to get a group of people or an organization/ministry/nation to a desired end and seeing to it that it happens, while setting an example for others to follow?

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THE LEADERSHIP MINDSET

Great leadership starts with a mindset. We know now that leadership is what one does and not the position one occupies or the title(s) one is called by. But before “what one does” is “what one thinks”. Leaders are not born but made – made by the kind of mindset they have and the subsequent actions they take. Consider Nelson Mandela for example. Mandela had a personal philosophy and mindset that made him to think like he did and do what he did.

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LEADERSHIP STYLES

Do all leaders lead the same way or approach leadership the same way? Do you think some leaders have a particular style that makes them good or bad leaders? Do you know of any leadership style? We all don’t approach leadership the same way. People have different leadership styles for various reasons. To be a good leader, one needs to adjust his/her leadership styles for overall success. A leadership style that may have worked some years ago may not be as effective today.

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HOW TO DEVELOP A LEADERSHIP MINDSET

Mindsets are primarily shaped and developed through knowledge. How a person thinks is simply the result of what the person knows or doesn’t know. Knowledge, whether explicit or tacit, acquired through reading/studies, experiences, or interactions with others, is what forms personal beliefs and values and shapes the person’s mindset. Explicit knowledge and implicit/tacit knowledge are the two levels of knowledge that shape people’s mindset.

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WHAT LEADERSHIP IS.

When you hear leadership, what first comes to mind? Do you first think of leadership as a position, a title, a role, a skill, a personality, an inherited trait, a responsibility, an office, an art or a behaviour? Let’s consider some definitions of leadership: The New Oxford Dictionary of English defines leadership as: ‘the action of leading a group of people or an organization'; ‘the state or position of being a leader' (NODE, 2001).

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THE GRACEDLIFE LEADERSHIP MINDSET

The Gracedlife mindset is a leadership philosophy established on the belief that life and all its blessings are by the grace of God - unmerited and freely given, and must be shared with others through service to make all lives better. We believe that this mindset is what inspires great leadership. It’s God who blesses with life, good health, riches, wisdom and all life’s many blessings. Ours is to share our lives and the blessings of life with others through service to mankind. This is what leadership is about - this is what the Gracedlife leadership mindset is about. The Gracedlife mindset makes a leader put others first before him/herself. The Gracedlife mindset is a servant-leader mindset. A person who leads by serving others to make their lives better or an organization/ministry/ society/nation better is a Gracedlife leader.

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Leadership starts with taking control

The first task of any leader is to take control. As a manager it is easy to take control. You are appointed, you have a budget and you have people reporting to you. You probably inherit systems which help you manage performance budgets and progress. To manage effectively, you simply manage the people, plans and systems you inherited But this book is not about management it is about leadership. If you want step up to leadership, you need a higher level of control.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: Crafting your idea; creating the future perfect.

Leadership is not a random walk from today to the future. It's not about reacting to whatever comes along and then see where you end land up. Today's reality is clearly a constraint and an opportunity: you have to deal with it. But you need to do more than react to events - you have to shape events to your ends.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: COMMUNICATING YOUR VISION TO YOUR TEAM

People do not get your message easily. If you have spent six months developing and refining your idea, do not expect anyone else to really understand it in a 45-minutes presentation. You have to be persistent and reactive about how you communicate it.

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Leadership Today: Leaders must learn to write well

Quite simply, if you write well then you are more likely to achieve your business goals. This point cannot be overemphasized. One sheet of paper may not change the world, but – well written - it can influence many events in a way that affects results and those doing the writing.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: RECONDITION YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS

The number one article on the road to high-level success is the feeling that major accomplishment is beyond reach. This attitude stems from many, many suppressive forces that direct our thinking towards mediocre levels.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: RECONDITION YOURSELF FOR SUCCESS

The number one article on the road to high-level success is the feeling that major accomplishment is beyond reach. This attitude stems from many, many suppressive forces that direct our thinking towards mediocre levels.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: Use goals to help you grow

Every bit of human progress - our inventions big and little, our medical discoveries, our engineering triumphs, our business successes - were first visualized before they became realities. A goal is an objective, a purpose.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: Prune for potential

The potential of the branches and the vine needs the attention of a gardener. The gardener works in the vineyard trying to bring as much life as possible out of the vines. Often he prunes the vines because he knows there is more life down in the roots.

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Leadership Today: ATTITUDE IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SUCCESS AND FAILURE

You can change your attitude. You may not be able to change other things about yourself, but you can definitely make your attitude more positive. If you try, you’ll soon discover that the best helping hand is at the end of your own arm.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: Get specific with your goals

When you set yourself a goal, try to be as specific as possible. “Lose five pounds” is a better goal than “lose some weight”. Because it gives you a clear idea of what success looks like. Knowing exactly what you want to achieve keeps you motivated Until you get there.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: A leader must have some dignity

Dignity is about showing self-respect and having self-esteem. It’s amazing how others will respect you and hold you in greater esteem when you start the ball rolling.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: 10 things to do to increase productivity and become highly efficient

Being productive is a lot more than just checking tasks off your to-do list. Truly productive people aren’t focused on doing more things but fewer things efficiently. It's important to know when you’re at your best in the day so you can play to your strengths. But in this digital age, staying on task and avoiding distraction is harder to accomplish than your actual work.

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LEADERSHIP TODAY: To be a team player, learn to see things from other's perspective

There are precious few people who will pick a fight with you for absolutely no reason at all. The reason may not be good one, at least not in your view, but they will still have a reason. Think about it. Maybe they’re worried they’ll be in trouble, or perhaps they’re jealous, maybe they’re very protective of their job or their kids or property, or perhaps they’re terrified missing out on promotion with all their money problems, or they’re hurts feel ignored or want their contribution recognized.

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