There’s nothing ground-breaking nor earth shattering about this blog post’s core theme.
Yet, I was duly inspired to share this post after coming across in my reading the below quote by Bernard Montgomery &, secondly, a corollary quote from D.E. Hoste :
“The degree of influence will depend on the personality, the ‘incandescence‘ of which the leader is capable, the flame which burns within, the magnetism which will draw the hearts of others toward him.”
“It occurs to me that perhaps the best test of whether one is qualified to lead is to find out whether anyone is following.”
For the latter, we’ve heard the world’s top leadership expert, John C. Maxwell talk, write, and teach on it, however, combining these two together, is rather insightful, is it not?
Following someone requires the person to have a spark – a light that beckons you to want to take that step, or steps, to put your trust in his/her hands. Trust is not something to be taken lightly; its component parts are character & competence.
When you are reading, listening, and associating, please keep this in mind; let’s not be distracted by references to leadership from those who haven’t lit our pilot lights, nor have offered themselves by putting their interests at the bottom of the pile. Service before self, after all, is a moral imperative.