People don’t follow others by accident. They follow individuals whose leadership they respect.
And the more leadership ability a person has, the more quickly he or she recognizes leadership—or its lack—in others.
When people get together for the first time as a group, take a look at what happens. As they start interacting, the leaders in the group immediately take charge. They think in terms of the direction they desire to go and who they want to take with them.
At first, people may make tentative moves in several different directions, but after the people get to know one another, it doesn’t take long for them to recognize the strongest leaders and to follow them.
In time, People in the group get on board and follow the strongest leaders. Either that or they leave the group and pursue their own agendas.
Daily Leadership Message
ARTICULATION: The ability to describe one’s Vision to other people. (Q3.9).
The Ability To Describe One’s Vision To Other Men
Articulation is the second of the four F3 Leadership Skills (VAPE).
An Articulated Purpose is a Visualized end-state that is substantively distinct from the Status Quo. Its accomplishment requires certain actions that, cumulatively, form a Movement along a pathway of Outcomes toward the end-state.
The more radically unique the Vision is the more Movement it will take to see it through—which will require the participation of other people. The Q Influences others to work cooperatively toward the accomplishment of his Vision by igniting a palpable desire for action in their hearts. But first, before they will take a single step, he must tell them where they are going by Articulating his Vision in a way that can be easily understood and remembered.
Most Men Do Not Articulate
Articulation is a skill that distinct from Visualization. Unlike Visualization, Articulation is not something that every man can and does do. Regardless of how compelling they are, very few Visions make it outside of the heads of the people who have them. This is not due to people being incapable of explaining their ideas. Every man with a functioning tongue in his head has the capability of Articulating. It is not can thing, it is a won’t thing. The great majority of people don’t Articulate what they have Visualized because they simply choose not to do so.
We don’t mean to imply that men who choose not to Articulate do so out of selfish or feckless reasons. In fact, we think most men would rather share their beliefs, but are obstructed from doing so by two self-defeating perceptions that:
1. They aren’t not good at it, and
2. Nobody wants to hear their ideas.
Read More ARTICULATION: The ability to describe one’s Vision to other people. (Q3.9).
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
“It is better to look at the sky than live there.”—Breakfast at Tiffany’sby Truman Capote
Dreaming is an easy way out of real life. We need to remind ourselves of that when our heads start drifting up into the clouds.
“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”— Anna Kareninaby Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy echoes the Buddhist philosophy of achieving nirvana right where we are.
“When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”— The Alchemistby Paulo Coelho
Don’t undermine your efforts. You never know whose lives they might be changing.
Daily Storytelling Time
The question was once asked of a highly successful businessman, “How have you done so much in your lifetime?”
He replied, “I grow great by dreams. I have turned my mind loose to imagine what I wanted to do. Then I have gone to bed and thought about my dreams. In the night I dream about my dreams. And when I awoke in the morning, I saw the way to make my dreams real. While other people were saying, ‘You can’t do that, it is impossible,’ I was well on my way to achieving what I wanted.”As Woodrow Wilson, 28th President of the U.S., said: “We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers.”
They see things in the soft haze of a spring day, or in the red fire on a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nourish them through bad days until they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.
So please, don not let anyone steal your dreams, or try to tell you they are too impossible.
“Sing your songs, and dream your dreams, hope your hope and pray your prayer.”