My late Father, Marcus was a leader, mentor and a loving husband to my mother. One day, he just fetched me from school, and I was only 16 years old. I was selected to be a school prefect. He shared his thought on leadership to me. He said there are 5V`s attributes of leadership!
A leader is required to be visible. In other words, being the presence with his or her followers. Imagine, a corporate meeting with and without CEO. There is always a difference between these two cases. If a leader is presences in a meeting, the team will take things seriously compared without the presence of a leader. A great analogy of leadership can be seen close to our home. They are our mother and father. Let say you`re playing a basketball game. Imagine, with and without the presence of your parents. It will be a different feeling. With your presence of your father or mother or even better both!! You feel pumped! You feel powerful, and you want to give all your might to play to win. It is not for you, but it is for your parents. To make them feel proud! With their presence, you will not feel that pumped. Believe me!!
A leader needs to be vocal to inspire and motivate his or her followers. It is a means of communication to convey a message or direction. They also must show empathy and care to listen and talk to their team. Especially when all odds goes against them. Imagine, in a corporate meeting. A leader who remind silent when he or she needs to make a decision. There will be no direction for the team. Hence, no progress and it will be a dead team. Let us look at our parents in the basketball game. They shouted your name to cheer for you! Again, you feel pumped. There is a sudden shot of energy burst in you that you did not have. You ran faster, jumped higher and score better. All this is coming from your beloved parent that cheer for you!
Values are the executives level of decision maker of a leader. Leaders must have essential value to make the decision to inspire a team to greatness. Values that leaders shows will set a culture of a team. My father told me that the number one value that a leader should have is courage. A leader needs to be courageous to take the risk. A leader needs to be courageous to admit mistakes. A leader needs to be courageous to be humble. A leader needs to be courageous to put their followers first than themselves.
Virtue means setting a higher standard. There is a saying, “Leading by example.” The follower may listen to their leader, but they will observe their leader`s action. If what the leaders say is not in alignment with their action. They will lose trust in their leaders. For example, your leader said you must come early to work at 8:00 am in the morning. You arrived at 7:50 am, but your leader came at 8:30 am. What is the level of integrity you see in your leader in this case? What if you see your leader arrived at 6:30 am in the morning? How will you perceive him as a leader? Very much a leader with virtue. Leadership with high virtue need to perform ahead of their follower. That is what leadership is about being ahead of their follows and bring them together.
Vocation is defined as the undying commitment to serve. It is an obligation whereby you cannot resign. Being a leader needs to portray this attribute. They need to help their followers, and this will inspire the follower to commit to their leader. That is why there is a big difference between authority and leadership. Authority is a position and people are assigned to follow you! Leadership is a behavior and people are inspired to follow you! A good analogy is our ideal parents. They will always be your father and mother although you are an adult with the age of 40. There are always there to serve and help you.
“We are drawn to leaders and organizations that are good at communicating what they believe. Their ability to make us feel like we belong, to make us feel special, safe and not alone is part of what gives them the ability to inspire us.” Simon Sinek
Leaders need to be visible to shows presence to the people. Leaders need to be vocal to inspire the people. Leaders need to lead by value to make the key decision. Leaders need to portray virtue which set a higher standard. Being a leader is a vocation to show the undying commitment to serve his people.
I dedicate this blog post in the remembrance of my late father who returns to the Lord in heaven at 3:30 am on 28 May 2015 at the age of 55. We deeply miss him.