The Enlightened Rebel’s 4 Cs of Anointed Leadership: DeMarco Banter

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?

anointing_of_fresh_oilIt 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.

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