The demands of leadership may require that you stand alone in the face of conflict, public opinion, or crisis. 13. Inspiration is the “divine deposit of destiny” in the heart of a person. 14. What you are gifted in often reveals what type of leader- ship you are meant to exercise and what domain you are to operate in. 15. True leaders discover keys to the nature of leadership from the examples of others, but they never try to become these other leaders. They use their own gifts and abilities to do what they are individually called to do. 16. Failing to discover or pursue your personal leadership potential will deprive your generation and succeeding generations of your unique and vital contribution to the world.
81 CHAPTER THREE The Leadership Spirit To exercise leadership, you must believe that you are inherently a leader. L eadership really comes down to two things: who you are and how you think. It is about discovering your identity as a born leader and then understanding the way true leaders think so that you can fulfill your inherent calling. If you don’t first establish your leadership nature, it will be very difficult to have the mind-set of leadership. True leadership is first concerned with who you are, as opposed to what you do. Leadership action flows naturally from a personal leadership revelation. To exercise lead- ership, you must believe that you are inherently a leader. Again, to pursue purpose as leaders do, you must think like a leader. To think like a leader, you must receive the thoughts of leadership. To receive the thoughts of leader- ship, you must have a personal encounter with your true self—a discovery of your nature, ability, and essence as a human being. Just as a product cannot know its true pur- pose or worth except in its relationship with its manufac- turer, so it is with you and me. Earlier, I made a distinction between the leadership spirit and the spirit of leadership. The leadership spirit is
82 THE SPIRIT OF LEADERSHIP the inherent leadership capacity and potential that is the essential nature of human beings. The spirit of leadership, which is what most of this book focuses on, is the mind-set or attitudes that accompany a true leadership spirit and allow the dormant leadership potential to be fully mani- fested and maximized . Clearly understanding this differ- ence is critical for discovering and living out your leadership capacity. In this chapter, we’ll take a closer look at the lead- ership spirit. In the next chapter, we will explore the spirit of leadership. WHAT IS THE LEADERSHIP SPIRIT? In my leadership lectures and seminars, which I share with governmental, educational, business, nonprofit, and religious organizations around the world, I usually begin with a statement that encapsulates my philosophy of leader- ship: “ Trapped within every follower is a hidden leader.” I am always amused to watch the reaction on the faces of the audiences as they attempt to grapple with the implications of this statement. I can usually predict their first thought,
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