I was speaking with a friend the other day and he was describing a person he had recently met. He explained that when this guy walked into the room, you could just tell the guy was a leader. Have you ever wondered why or how this happens? I have, and I am not sure I have a great answer except to offer MORE “Cs.”
Is it possible that some folks are simply anointed as leaders?
It is an ancient ritual of some religions to anoint with perfumed oil, milk, water, melted butter or other substances. People and things are anointed to symbolize the introduction of a sacramental or divine influence, a holy emanation, spirit, power, or God.
Or simply: to choose by or as if by divine intervention.
Well, that would be awesome. It would take a ton of pressure off of leading. Ponder Moses for a minute. When he brought down the commandments, .his face shone with the glory of God. The Israelites sensed both God’s presence in Moses and a divine anointing to lead. They simply knew Moses was THE leader. (Well, there were still problems, so even being anointed has its issues.)
Do I believe this happens today? I am sure it could, but in lieu of divine intervention, perhaps we can mirror some of the divine by adding four more Cs to the already growing C lexicon on the m100Group.
A individual radiates an aura of leadership when he or she embodies the following traits:
Charisma: Call it what you will, but it is a sense of giftedness that is simply magnetic. A rare personal quality attributed to leaders who arouse fervent popular devotion and enthusiasm…a personal magnetism or charm. How to be charismatic is the topic of books. Here are a few ideas (if it were only so easy):
a: Know your stuff. Prepare.
b: Ask great questions.
c: Animate. Use your hands while speaking…be Italian!
d: Be interested in the people you meet.
e: Develop passions.
f: Be energetic.
g; Optimism rules.
Character: The dictionary defines it as moral or ethical strength. I would offer it is seeing God’s nature in your leadership—the people served simply trust.
Competence: The ability, training, and expertise to get the job done. Leadership produces results.
Conviction: A firmly held belief or opinion. A leader has to stand for something. Leadership must possess backbone and stand for what is right.
Just lead well.